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Parliament: Future Melbourne

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Beginning Day Two, our Parliament will reconvene to consider possible futures of our literary city. This time, we’re in the upper house with a City of Literature Senate.

Our senators will introduce themselves with readings and short performances. Then, they’ll consider the bills put to them by the House of Representatives, lead a forward-looking discussion and pass verdict on this bookish city’s potential.

Presented in partnership with the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office.

Featuring

Adolfo Aranjuez

Adolfo Aranjuez is an editor, writer, speaker and dancer. He is currently the Melbourne International Film Festival’s publications and content manager as well as Liminal magazine’s publication editor; previously, he edited the magazines Metro and Archer. Adolfo’s essays, criticism and poetry h... Read more

Leah Jing McIntosh

Leah Jing McIntosh is a critic, researcher, and the founding editor of Liminal, an anti-racist literary project. As part of her work for Liminal, Leah has published books, produced literary events, created mentorships and fellowships, and established national literary prizes, to create new spaces an... Read more

Nevo Zisin

Nevo Zisin (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Jewish writer, performer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm/Birraranga/Melbourne. They run workshops in schools and professional development training in workplaces around transgender identities. Author of award-winning Finding Nevo (2017), a me... Read more

Hella Ibrahim

Hella Ibrahim is an editor with a passion for activism through writing and publishing. She works as a project editor at an education publishing company on weekdays, and is the founder and editorial director of Djed Press, an online publication that provides a paid platform for creators of colour.  ... Read more

Karys McEwen

Karys McEwen is a school librarian in Melbourne. She is an avid reader of young adult fiction, and is particularly passionate about the role of libraries and literature in the wellbeing of young people. Karys is the President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Victorian Branch ... Read more

Bridget Caldwell-Bright

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

Amy Vuleta

Amy Vuleta has spent most of her bookselling career hosting bookclubs, panels, events and discussions about books, literature, publishing and ideas. She reads widely, is currently training to be a high school teacher, and occasionally writes about art.

Gene Smith

Gene Smith is Program Manager at Melbourne Writers Festival, and is a literary programmer, producer, writer and voracious reader. Prior to Melbourne Writers Festival, he worked at other major Australian cultural organisations including the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australian Chamber Orche... Read more

Alistair Baldwin

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

Elena Gomez

Elena Gomez is a poet and book editor living in Melbourne. She is the author of Body of Work and a number of chapbooks.

Jessica Knight

Jessica Knight is a writer based in Melbourne.

Elyce Phillips

Elyce Phillips makes comics, comedy and general nonsense. She teaches and performs regularly at The Improv Conspiracy, and her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s and Funny Ha Ha.

Rachel Ang

Rachel Ang is an artist and writer who makes comics. Their work has been published by The New Yorker, The Washington Post, kuš! and Australian periodicals like The Age and Meanjin. Rachel’s first book, Swimsuit (Glom Press, 2018) was not read by many people, but those who did really liked it. The... Read more

Oslo Davis

Oslo Davis is an illustrator, cartoonist and artist who has drawn for a number of organisations worldwide, including the New York Times, the Age, the Monthly, Meanjin, SBS and the Guardian. He has also been commissioned to draw for the National Gallery of Victoria, the Golden Plains music fest... Read more

Anna Snoekstra

Anna Snoekstra is Melbourne-based novelist, and the author of Only Daughter – her debut book, published by Harlequin MIRA and optioned for film by Universal Pictures. After finishing university, Anna wrote for independent films and fringe theatre, and directed music videos. During this t... Read more

Laniyuk

Laniyuk is a writer and performer of poetry and short memoir. She contributed to the book Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives in 2015, has been published online in Djed Press and the Lifted Brow, as well as in poetry collections such as Solid Air (UQP 2019). She received Canbe... Read more

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011. He has hosted Blueprint for Living (2015... Read more

Didem Caia

Didem is a writer, speaker and facilitator, who grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne. She is a writer of plays, essays and fiction. Her plays have been developed and produced in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide and presented in Edinburgh, London, New York and Chicago. She has received developme... Read more

Sam van Zweden

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, food, mental health and the body. Her writing has been published by the Saturday Paper, ABC Life, Meanjin, The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, The Sydney Review of Books, The Wheeler Centre and others. Her debut book, Eating with ... Read more

Tariro Mavondo

Based in Melbourne, Tariro is a multi-disciplinary storyteller, theatre maker, curator, cultural diversity and performance consultant, performance facilitator across performing arts, education, government, mental health, law enforcement and social justice. She graduated in 2011 from the Victorian C... Read more

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