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, producer and community organiser from Melbourne’s inner-west. She is the Artistic Director of the Emerging Writers' Festival. She is also the founding editor the zine ay, mi chicle, which focuses on Latinx experiences and perspectives in so-called Australia, and co-founder and co-director of the Latinx art collective Yo Soy. Her work has been featured in the anthology #MeToo: Stories from the Australian Movement, Beat Magazine, Gusher Magazine, SBS Life, the Lifted Brow, VICE and more.
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, Hard Quiz and Get Krack!n (the latter of which he also stars in as a very tired P.A.). In 2019 his play Lame was performed at Southbank Theatre as part of Melbourne Theatre Company's First Stage initiative. He is a former Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and has had work published by ACMI Ideas, un. Magazine, Art + Australia, Archer, SBS and more.
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. (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻