at The Wheeler Centre

Emerging Writers’ Festival Programme Launch: The Words That Shaped Us

What are the books that shaped you? Come and celebrate the texts that have influenced our lives literally and literarily, alongside the reveal of the jam-packed 2021 Emerging Writers’ Festival program.

This special launch event will feature festival artists Mia Nie, Luke Patterson, Yamiko Marama and Olivia Muscat. Join them as they share favourite passages and personal reflections on the formative texts that shaped their paths as readers, writers and human beings. EWF’s Artistic Director Ruby Rose Pivet-Marsh and Program Coordinator Millie Baylis will also share some of this year’s festival highlights across both in-person and online literary events, to help prepare you for a new winter full of words.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Presented in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival

Emerging Writers' Festival Programme Launch: The Words That Shaped Us

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venue capacity is unfortunately limited. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups or a waitlist as may have been the case in the past. Read more about our live events plan here. Check our website, follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter The Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.


Portrait of Mia Nie

Mia Nie

Mia Nie is a Chinese-Australian comic artist, zine-maker, and award-nominated ex-poet. She has been published in Pencilled In, the Suburban ReviewComic Sans JournalStrange Horizons, and Castles in the Sky. Her work explores the complexities, contradictions, and deeply felt desires of transgender subjectivity. She is passionate about understanding queer history and imagining queer futures. Mia is currently working on her first graphic novel. 

Portrait of Yamiko Marama

Yamiko Marama

Yamiko Marama is a writer, therapist and food truck owner from Melbourne. An inaugural recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter Fellowship, she is currently working on a debut memoir that explores family relationships, alongside growing up as an Australian woman of African heritage. Yamiko is also a contributor to the anthology Growing Up Queer in Australia.

Portrait of Luke Patterson

Luke Patterson

Luke Patterson is a Gamilaroi poet and folklorist living on Gadigal lands. He is interested in the ways bioregional identities and consciousness are expressed through localised and vernacular forms. Luke’s research and creative pursuits are grounded in his extensive work with Aboriginal and other community-based organizations across Australia.

Portrait of Olivia Muscat

Olivia Muscat

Olivia Muscat writes about disability, the arts and random things that pop into her head. Her writing features in the anthologies Meet Me at the Intersection, Women of a Certain Rage, and Growing Up Disabled in Australia. She writes theatre criticism for Witness Performance, and has presented work at the Emerging Writers’ Festival and National Young Writers’ Festival. She has been published in various places around the internet. In 2020 she was awarded the Lesley Hall scholarship to work on her novel for younger readers, and in 2021 she was runner up in the Kill Your Darlings new critic award.

Portrait of Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh

Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh

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. 

Portrait of Millie Baylis

Millie Baylis

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.


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