The Emerging Writers' Festival brings writers together – with each other and new audiences – to inspire, create and entertain. It just keeps getting bigger and better … and this year, it gets a new director too, in Sam Twyford Moore.
The fun starts at the 2013 program launch, where four writers will be challenged to leave their comfort zones behind and write well outside their genres.
How will the comedian survive being asked to write a serious literary affair? How will the writer of young adult deal with having to write erotica for a very different, very adult audience? How is the graphic novelist going to cope writing a cookbook?
Be amused (and maybe learn something new) at this genre-bending writers’ challenge.
Sam Twyford-Moore is a writer and the founding host of The Rereaders, a fortnightly literary and cultural podcast. From 2012 until 2015, he was the Festival Director and CEO of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, during which time he directed three Melbourne-based festivals, launched the Digital Writers’ Festival and toured the festival to Hobart, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and across Indonesia. As a writer he has contributed to the Monthly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Australian, Meanjin, the Guardian, the Lifted Brow and others. He is the author of The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania published in August 2018.
Andrew McDonald is a children’s book author and the writer of the bestselling Real Pigeons series, which is illustrated by Ben Wood. Andrew's books have been shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize, the Australian Book Industry Awards and the YABBA/KOALA/KROC children’s choice book awards.
Toni Jordan is the author of five novels. The international bestseller Addition was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Fall Girl was published internationally and has been optioned for film, and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the Indie Awards, was shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award, and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts was shortlisted for the Voss Literary Prize 2017 and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018. Toni’s latest book is the literary mystery The Fragments. She lives in Melbourne.
Nicki Greenberg is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Her first books, The Digits series, were published when she was fifteen years old. They sold more than 380,000 copies in Australia and New Zealand.
Luke Ryan is a freelance writer, comedian and man about town. He writes short-form non-fictionwith a comic edge and is about to release his debut book,A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo, a comedy memoir about having had cancer a couple of times, due for release through Affirm Press in July 2014.