We often speak of the internet as the Bad Place, but it’s also vital for many people to access resources and services, entertainment and community – perhaps now more so than ever. From discussion forums and MSN crushes to TikTok choreographies and pandemic meetings and parties on Zoom, online spaces continue to offer a gathering place for when we can’t be physically together.
To celebrate the launch of the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s exciting – and fully digital – 2020 programme, four festival artists will reflect on the times they found (or failed to find!) connection, chaos and care online.
Hosted by the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s artistic director Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh and program coordinator Millie Baylis, featuring Festival artists Alistair Baldwin, Bridget Caldwell-Bright, Jamie Marina Lau and Panda Wong.
Stream the event live from this page.
Presented in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival, which will run from 16–23 June.
Ruby-Rose is a writer and producer living, working and creating on Wurundjeri land. Ruby is the Artistic Director and co-CEO of the Emerging Writers' Festival and the co-founder of the Latinx Arts Collective Yo Soy. Ruby writes (mostly) creative non-fiction and cultural commentary and has had work featured in anthologies, literary journals and music/entertainment publications.
Millie Baylis is a writer, editor and arts worker, living on Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung land. She is the current program coordinator for the Emerging Writers’ Festival. In 2019 she was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow and the managing editor of Visible Ink, and in 2020 she is a Moreland Writer in Residence. She writes essays, memoir and commentary, and her work has recently appeared in Kill Your Darlings, Overland and The Victorian Writer.
Alistair Baldwin is a writer and comedian based in Naarm / Melbourne. He has written for ABC's The Weekly, Get Krack!n, Hard Quiz & At Home Alone Together. Published works include pieces for un. Magazine, Archer, Metro and Black Inc.'s Growing Up Disabled In Australia anthology. He is 1/2 of the experimental (and toxic) comedy duo Nemeses with Vidya Rajan.
Bridget Caldwell-Bright is a Jingili Mudburra writer and editor based in Melbourne. She works as a freelance editor for Hardie Grant Books as well as commissioning editor for literary journal the Lifted Brow. She was previously co-editor for Archer magazine’s First Nations Edition and managing editor for Blak Brow, a Black Women's Collective edition of the Lifted Brow.
Jamie Marina Lau is a multidisciplinary artist and the author of Pink Mountain on Locust Island. With explorations focusing on language, Jamie's work meditates on a landscape exploring dis-location of culture and space. Her second novel Gunk Baby will be published in May 2020 with Brow Books.
Panda is a poet and editor in Melbourne/Narrm. She has been published in Runway Journal, the Lifted Brow, Rabbit, Sick Leave, Free Association and more. Her ‘practice’ is currently centred around figuring out how to pronounce Elon Musk and Grimes’s baby’s name. (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻