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Emerging Writers’ Festival: Stories From the Trenches


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This year, from May 26 to June 5, Australia’s premiere celebration of aspiring and emerging writers is on again, with its trademark mix of support and advice, workshops and commiserations for those poor folk who are determined to make a go of being a writer.

But before the 2011 festival kicks off, the Wheeler Centre is proud to present a sneak preview of the kind of chat that will be on offer. Because being a writer is not all about six-figure advances and rapturous signing queues, four of our finest local writers compare notes and gnash their teeth about what it’s really like out there, in the cold, hard world of Writerland. Funny, irreverent, sobering if not sober, this will be a night no new writer can afford to miss.


Sean Condon

Sean Condon is the author of six books in a variety of genres. He has also written for many newspapers and magazines and co-wrote one episode of a sitcom for Foxtel in 2009 which was not picked up for series. He now does other things.

Ben Birchall

Ben Birchall is a writer, broadcaster and creative director who has worked in radio, advertising and digital publishing. He hosted 3RRR FM’s Breakfasters from 2009-2012 and is currently the host of Ingredipedia – a factual food fight podcast that consistently tops the iTunes Australia food chart... Read more

Paddy O'Reilly

Paddy O’Reilly is a writer from Melbourne. Her work has been published and broadcast widely both here and internationally. Her latest novel, The Fine Colour of Rust, is published in the UK, Australia and the USA. Paddy’s short-story collection The End of the World garnered much review coverage i... Read more


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