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Liminal Festival: Opening Night


About the Event

For the past eight years, Liminal has carved out spaces for community to gather, converse and create. To open the inaugural Liminal Festival, we’re celebrating with readings from friends old and new. Spanning a brilliant range of genre and form, this event showcases what our rich literary landscape has to offer, with readings from Manisha Anjali, Evelyn Araluen, Brian Castro, Bella Li, Jennifer Nguyen, Mykaela Saunders and Michael Sun.


Presented in partnership with Liminal


Full $19
Concession $15
Pay What You Wish tickets are available for this event

75% of proceeds from Liminal Festival events will go towards future Liminal projects.


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About the Bookseller

The bookseller for this event is Amplify Bookstore.

About Liminal Festival

Bringing together some of the continent’s most talented writers, the Liminal Festival contemplates the language of our shared histories and future.

The Liminal Festival is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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Manisha Anjali

Manisha Anjali is the author of Naag Mountain (Giramondo, 2024). She is the founder of Neptune, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations. Manisha was a recipient of BLINDSIDE’s Regional Arts & Research Residency at Mooramong, a Writer-in-Residence at Incendi... Read more

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a Goorie and Koori poet, researcher, and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal.

Brian Castro

Brian Castro is the author of twelve novels, a volume of essays and a poetic memoir and cookbook. His novels include the multi award-winning Double-Wolf, Shanghai Dancing and Blindness and Rage. He was the 2014 winner of the Patrick White Award for Literature and the 2018 Prime Minister’s Priz... Read more

Hasib Hourani

Hasib Hourani lives and works on unceded Wangal Country. His debut book of poetry, ‘rock flight’, was released in 2024.

Bella Li

Bella Li is the author of Argosy (2017), Lost Lake (2018), and Theory of Colours (2021), published by Vagabond Press. Her books have won the Victorian and NSW premiers awards for poetry, and an ABDA award for book design.

Leah Jing McIntosh

Leah Jing McIntosh is the founding editor of Liminal magazine. As part of her work for Liminal, Leah has published books, created mentorships and fellowships, and established national literary prizes, seeking to create new spaces and opportunities for community. She has recently edited the essay col... Read more

Jennifer Nguyen

Jennifer Nguyen is a writer and poet. Her work has been published in Overland, Cordite, Best of Australian Poems 2021, Liminal, among others. She is the author of poetry chapbook When I die slingshot my ashes onto the surface of the moon (Subbed In, 2019). ... Read more

Mykaela Saunders

Dr Mykaela Saunders is the author of Always Will Be (UQP 2024), which won the David Unaipon Award, and the editor of This All Come Back Now, which won the Aurealis Award for best anthology (UQP 2022). Mykaela has won other prizes for fiction, poetry, life writing and research, including the Elizabe... Read more

Michael Sun

Michael Sun is a critic, essayist, and editor from China and Australia. His writing on film, music, and literature is regularly published in The Guardian, Esquire, ABC Arts, Sydney Review of Books, and Liminal Magazine, among many others. Recently, he hosted the Guardian’s online culture podcast S... Read more


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