Emerging Writers’ Festival Programme Launch: Digital Nostalgia
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.
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... Read more
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 anth... Read more
Bridget Caldwell-Bright is a Jingili and Mudburra editor based in Melbourne. She is currently working as an editorial policies advisor at the ABC. She was previously co-editor for weekly news digest SUBTEXT(E), co-editor for Archer Magazine’s First Nations Edition and managing editor for Blak Brow... Read more
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. ... Read more
Panda Wong is a Malaysian-Chinese poet who lives on unceded Wurundjeri land. Her first chapbook angel wings dumpster fire was published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2022. Her first EP salmon cannon me into the abyss, a collaboration with multiple friends, was released in July 2022. ... Read more