The Emerging Writers’ Festival launches its 2014 program with the ultimate game of fact vs fiction. How often do novelists base their work on actual events? Do journalists exaggerate the truth for the sake of a good story? Do poets even know the difference?
Four guests from this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival present their tall tales at the program launch. The trick is to convince everyone they are telling the truth, unless of course they’re lying. It’s up to you to decide. Choose your side and behold the 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival program in all its glory, as the truth (and this year’s stellar lineup) is finally revealed!
The Emerging Writers’ Festival promote the interests of emerging writers – to improve their opportunities for professional development as well as their engagement with the broader public. Each year EWF brings writers, editors, publishers and performers together with readers for a festival that is an essential part of Australia’s literary calendar.
Co-hosted by Emerging Writers' Festival Director Sam Twyford-Moore and Wheeler Centre Head of Programming Simon Abrahams.
Simon Abrahams is a strategic arts and cultural leader, dynamic programmer and experienced producer whose work has been recognised nationally and internationally. He is Chair of Theatre Network Victoria, and a freelance arts consultant and performer.
Liam Pieper’s grandmother introduces him to her friends, as ‘my grandson who writes for the Internet’. You might find his work in the Monthly, Meanjin, The Best of The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging and The Sleepers Almanac. He is the author of a memoir, The Feelgood Hit of The Year; a collection of essays, Mistakes Were Made; and a novel, The Toymaker. Find him on Twitter, @liampieper.
Michele Lee is an Asian-Australian writer. Her recent theatre works include Talon Salon (Next Wave Festival 2012, You Are Here Festival 2013, Darwin Festival 2013) and the AWGIE-winning radio play See how the leaf people run. She is currently working on Moths, recipient of the inaugural Betty Burstall Commission. Michele’s first memoir is Banana Girl (Transit Lounge, 2013).
Zoe Norton Lodge is a writer/presenter on The Checkout (ABC1). In 2015 she published her first book, Almost Sincerely, a collection of 'autobiographicalish' short stories. Zoe is also the co-creator of Story Club, a monthly storytelling night, ABC2 TV show and podcast.
Sam Twyford-Moore is the founding host of The Rereaders podcast and currently the Director of the Emerging Writers' Festival. His writing has appeared places with serious names like Los Angeles Review of Books and other publications you pretend to have read.
Nicholas J. Johnson grew up in the circus around carnies and sideshow folk, understanding and practicing sleight of hand and card tricks, and intimate with the power of manipulation, deception and distraction. After decades of rubbing shoulders with fraudsters and liars, Nicholas J. Johnson is now a sought-after performer, writer and scam consultant, educating the public about the tricks of the con artist’s trade.
He has appeared on A Current Affair, The Project, Sunrise, Kids WB, Today, ABC Radio National and Triple J as an expert on fraud and deception. He has consulted with everyone from magician David Blaine to Circus Oz. An acclaimed comedian, Nicholas J. Johnson has performed at Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne Comedy Festival, where he was nominated for the 2014 Golden Gibbo Award for best independent comedy, and received the 2015 Moosehead Award.
His debut novel Chasing The Ace was published in 2014. His follow-up, Fast and Loose, was released July 2015. Nicholas J. Johnson lives in Melbourne.