The Emerging Writers’ Festival launches its 2018 programme with a night of performances that reimagine the past and paint a picture for the future. More than just the same people standing in front of different backdrops, this slide night features four writers from the festival programme who will explore, celebrate and critique dominant narratives from Australia’s art and history.
Hear from Manisha Anjali, Magan Magan, Eugenia Flynn and Andy Butler at this special event, as they narrate images drawn from their personal archives and Australian art history. Hosted by the artistic director of the Emerging Writers' Festival, Izzy Roberts-Orr, with Programme Coordinator Linh Nguyen.
Presented in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Izzy Roberts-Orr is a poet, writer, broadcaster and arts worker based on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung land, and Digital Producer at Red Room Poetry.
Formerly Artistic Director and Co-CEO of the Emerging and Digital Writers’ Festivals, and a Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, Izzy has most recently been working with local artists in the Western suburbs of Narrm Melbourne as Maribyrnong’s Arts Engagement Officer, advocating for artists on the Collingwood Yards Board and Moreland Arts Advisory Committee and as a Co-Director of Broadwave podcasting network.
Izzy is a 2020-2021 recipient of the Australia Council Marten Bequest Scholarship for Poetry, and is currently completing a book of elegiac poetry, Raw Salt.
Eugenia Flynn is a writer, arts worker and community organiser. Eugenia runs the blog Black Thoughts Live Here and her thoughts on the politics of race, identity, gender and culture have been published widely. Eugenia identifies as Aboriginal (Tiwi and Larrakia), Chinese Malaysian and Muslim, working within her multiple communities to create change through literature, art, politics and community development.
Andy Butler is a writer, curator and artist. His writing on art and politics has been published widely, including in the Monthly, the Saturday Paper, Art + Australia, Overland and Runway, and in publications for major art institutions. He has curated exhibitions and exhibited his own work at artist run and public galleries, read or performed at national and international writers' festivals, and undertaken writing and artist residencies in Australia and overseas. His practice interrogates how dynamics of race and power shape cultural production. He sits on the board of SEVENTH Gallery and is a co-director of Mailbox Art Space.
Manisha Anjali is a writer and artist. She was born in Suva, Fiji, and has lived on Wurundjeri country, Minjungbal country and Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Manisha is the founder of Community Dream Project, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations.
Linh Thùy Nguyễn is a writer, editor and arts producer.
She is the Program Coordinator of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, an Online Editor for the Lifted Brow and the Deputy Editor of Liminal Magazine. She studied Comparative Literature at Monash University, researching postcolonial and diasporic Vietnamese literature. She is a recipient of Signal's 2017 Young Creatives Lab (with Liminal Magazine) and the Australia Council’s 2018 Future Leaders Program.
Magan Magan has read his work at the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Young Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival and Melbourne Poets Union. His work has been published in Hyde magazine, Melbourne Writers festival, literary arts journal Offset, Cordite Poetry Review and anthologies Shots from the Chamber and Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry.