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Emerging Writers’ Festival Program Launch: New Growth


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Celebrate 20 years of Emerging Writers’ Festival, as the 2023 program is revealed.

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Since 2003, the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has been tending to Australia’s budding literary talent, establishing roots between writers, nurturing their professional development, and introducing them to new audiences. Join us in celebrating EWF’s 20th birthday, with the launch of the 2023 festival program. Hear from festival artists Renay Barker-Mulholland, Gabriella Munoz, Dana Mitchell and Beau Windon, and the EWF programming team, as they reflect on gradations and growth through writing and readings. Afterwards, mingle and explore the program while sipping on our 20th anniversary festival drinks at the bar.

Presented by Emerging Writers’ Festival with the support of the Wheeler Centre.


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About the Emerging Writers Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) is one of Australia’s most established and well-respected literary festivals. The Festival exists to develop, nurture and promote Australia’s new writing talent, creating platforms for connecting writing communities and their audiences.

Through the flagship festival in Melbourne and an annual program of events, EWF provides opportunities for emerging writers to develop professionally, and supports them to engage new and larger audiences.

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Renay Barker-Mulholland

Renay Barker-Mulholland is a disabled, artist, activist, creator and proud Biripi – Dunghutti woman. She and her work (in all it’s forms) aims to defy the imposed colonial boundaries, push toward disability justice, abolition, and share a staunch intersectional perspective.

Hasib Hourani

Hasib Hourani lives and works on unceded Wangal Country. His debut book of poetry, ‘rock flight’, was released in 2024.

Dana Mitchell

Dana Mitchell is an emerging playwright, poet and comedian from Melbourne. In her attempts to reconcile the problem of the self as alien, Dana writes about the search for meaning in the trivial and common occurrences in her daily life. In 2019 Dana’s debut comedy play DUMMY won best show at th... Read more

Gabriella Munoz

Gabriella Munoz is a Mexican-Australian writer, editor and translator. Her essays and reviews have been published in the Victorian Writer, Eureka Street, Mascara Literary Review, the Sydney Morning Herald and many other places. Her fiction has been published in Djed Press. Gabriella was the 20... Read more

Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh

Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh is a writer, producer and arts worker living and creating on unceded Wurundjeri land. Ruby is currently the Artistic Director and co-CEO of Emerging Writers’ Festival and is a co-founder of the Latinx arts collective, Yo Soy.

Beau Windon

Beau Windon is a neurodivergent writer of Wiradjuri descent based in Naarm. His greatest loves are YA and speculative fiction, meaning he spends most of his time writing quirky stories about quirky people in quirky situations. Currently he is focused on developing his hybrid memoir (quirky stories a... Read more

Jess Zanoni

Jess Zanoni is a writer and musician. She makes music in Arbes and Za Noon. She is the current Program Coordinator of the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Her work has appeared in The Age, Cordite Poetry Review, Voiceworks, The Victorian Writer, Beat Magazine and sick leave. ... Read more


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