Oscar Wilde noted that, 'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.' But what about, as Fatboy Slim sagely pointed out, that rare air in between?
The Emerging Writers’ Festival launches its 2016 program with four tales of failed ambitions. Each of these writers will reveal a time they have sought success, and share whether failure stoked their ambition.
The evening will reveal a packed program of events where Australia’s emerging talent takes to the stage and wows audiences, as well as unique professional development opportunities that cover all aspects of being a writer in 2016. 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.
Hosted by Emerging Writers’ Festival Director Michaela McGuire, with Brodie Lancaster, Rajith Savanadasa, Laura Davis and Emma Marie Jones.
Michaela McGuire is the Director of the Emerging Writers Festival. She is the author of Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality, and the law, the Penguin Special A Story of Grief and Apply Within: Stories of Career Sabotage. Her journalism has appeared in the Monthly, the Saturday Paper and Good Weekend and she has worked as a columnist for the Saturday Age and QWeekend. She co-curates and hosts the bestselling literary salon Women of Letters.
Brodie Lancaster is a writer and editor from Melbourne whose work has been published in places like New York magazine, Rolling Stone, Rookie, Pitchfork and Jezebel. She is a manager editor at The Good Copy and the founding editor of Filmme Fatales. Her first book, a pop culture memoir called No Way! Okay, Fine (Hachette), is out in July 2017.
Rajith Savanadasa was born in Sri Lanka. He runs Open City Stories, a website documenting the lives of a group of asylum seekers in Melbourne. Rajith was shortlisted for the Asia-Europe Foundation short story prize in 2013, the Fish Publishing short story prize in 2013 and received a Wheeler Centre Hotdesk Fellowship in 2014. His debut novel, Ruins, will be published by Hachette Australia in 2016.
Laura Davis is a stand-up comedian and television host known for her peculiar style – riding the line between charming and challenging. Recently winning awards for Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe and Best Independent Show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Laura has been earning praise and acclaim for the last eight years, and toured the country with the industry's finest.
Emma Marie Jones is a Melbourne-based poet and writer. Her short fiction, poems and essays have appeared in SPOOK, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, Scum, Meanjin, Chart and elsewhere. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Scribe Non-fiction Prize for Young Writers.