Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow 2014

When: Saturday 8 November 2014
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre, Callan Park, Rozelle NSW 2039

The Emerging Writers’ Festival returns to Sydney this year to present the EWF Roadshow for the third time at the NSW Writers’ Centre on Saturday 8 November 2014. The festival features contemporary discussions on pop culture, criticism, mentorship, digital literature and much, much more.

The full day festival at the Centre is filled with daring conversations around the art of writing, including direct access to industry figures, illustrated readings, performances by artists with disability, and a range of diverse panels. The festival includes a live writing group session from SWEATSHOP and an exhibition of comic art from Australia’s thriving graphic publishing scene.

This year the festival is taking the term Roadshow literally, leaving Melbourne via train, and stopping in to present programs and events in Wagga Wagga and Canberra on the way. Throughout the trip they will pick up a writer at each stop, before taking them on for the full day festival to celebrate emergent writing at the NSW Writers’ Centre in beautiful Callan Park.

‘The ability to connect writers like this, to travel and come together to form communities is essential to the work that the Emerging Writers’ Festival does. We are tremendously excited to be returning to the NSW Writers’ Centre for a third time, as well as visiting Wagga Wagga and Canberra for the first time ever. This is writing worth travelling for’, says Festival Director Sam Twyford-Moore.

Featuring writers such as Benjamin Law, Walter Mason, Delia Falconer, Laura Jean McKay, Tom Doig, Lachlan Brown, Claire Zorn, Bruce McCabe, A.H. Cayley, Steph Harmon, Astrid Lorange, Nakkiah Lui and many more, the festival is sure to sell out so book now!

Download the full program here.

To purchase tickets to the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Sydney, click here.

Other Sydney events include Electric Literature with Connor Tomas O’ Brien, Amazing Babes hosted by Eliza Sarlos, and Inside the Publishing House at Hachette Australia.

To purchase tickets for Electric Literature, click here. To buy tickets for Amazing Babes, Inside the Publishing house, or any of the events in Wagga Wagga or Canberra, click here.

Please note that the program and speakers are subject to change.



Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the director of SWEATSHOP: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Sydney Writing and Society Research Centre. His first novel is The Tribe (Giramondo, 2014).


Janite Barker is a Gamillaroy woman from Central Western NSW. She is a writer of stories for children.

Kodie Bedford was born and raised in the wild Midwest of Western Australia with family links to the East Kimberley Jaru and Kija language groups. Now she is Sydney based, working in television and dating a theatre actor (living the dream you might say!). Kodie has just completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney and hopes to spin a few more stories yet.






Larissa Behrendt is an award-winning author with a passion for telling the stories of Indigenous Australia. She is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. She has a legal background, is an experienced researcher and is involved with several arts organisations and educational programs. She wrote and directed the documentary, Innocence Betrayed and has written and directed several short films. She is Professor of Indigenous Research at UTS.




Jemma Birrell is the Artistic Director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.







Wilfred Brandt is a Sydney-based writer and teacher whose focus is on film, music, art, subculture and where these intersect.







Lachlan Brown is a lecturer in English at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. His poems have appeared in journals including Southerly, Heat, Mascara and Etchings. Lachlan’s first book of poetry, Limited Cities, was published by Giramondo in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore award.






Luke Carman is a writer from Livo whose first book of fiction, An Elegant Young Man, is available from Giramondo. He is Associate Director of SWEATSHOP.





Felicity Castagna is the author of the short story collection Small Indiscretions: Stories of Travel in Asia (Transit Lounge, 2011) and the YA novel The Incredible Here and Now (Giramondo, 2013) which has recently been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Awards, the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards and the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Award.






A.H. Cayley is a Sydney writer and broadcaster. She curates and hosts live event Confession Booth at Giant Dwarf. A producer and presenter at FBi Radio, she created the station’s flagship politics programme Backchat, and has appeared on triple j and Radio National. She has written for the likes of The Lifted Brow, Mess+Noise, Cuttings, Junkee, and PAN Magazine, where she was deputy editor.




Tamar Chnorhokian identifies strongly with her Western Sydney community and her Armenian background. Her first novel is The Diet Starts on Monday.







Jessie Cole grew up in an isolated valley in Northern NSW, and lived a bush childhood of creek swimming and barefoot free-range adventuring. Her debut novel, Darkness on the Edge of Town, was shortlisted for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal, and her work has also appeared in Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Island Magazine, Big Issue, Daily Life and The Guardian. Her new novel, Deeper Water, is out now!





Georgia Cranko is interested in the physical body, how it can be manipulated and interpreted. She wrote and performed the 2010 solo piece for stage, Living within Context, based on her life with Cerebral Palsy. She also performed in Laura Lima’s Man=flesh/Woman=flesh, Kaldor Public Arts Projects’ 13 Rooms, in Sydney. She works in numerous mediums, including writing, movement and video. She is a passionate advocate of disability in the arts.





Samantha Dagg is a Newcastle-based writer. She is currently finishing a Masters in Creative Writing at Newcastle University and has worked on the editorial committee for SWAMP, an online creative writing journal for post-graduate students. Her short fiction has been published in Going Down Swinging and the Sleepers Almanac.





Tom Doig is a writer, PhD candidate and moron. In 2013 Allen & Unwin published his first book, Moron to Moron: two men, two bikes, one Mongolian misadventure.







Claire Dunn is a journalist, educator, barefoot explorer and author of My Year Without Matches, a memoir about a year lived in the wilds. She is a regular contributor to The Age and Wellbeing Magazine, and facilitates ‘rewilding’ courses and retreats. www.clairedunn.com.au





Delia Falconer is the author of two novels (The Service of Clouds and The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers) and Sydney, a memoir/cultural history. Her short stories and essays have also been widely anthologised. She was editor of Best Australian Stories 2008 and 2009, and The Penguin Book of the Road, and is a regular reviewer of fiction and nonfiction. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at UTS.





Steph Harmon is the managing editor of Junkee.com, a pop culture/politics website that launched last year. Prior to that she was the editor of Sydney streetpress The Brag, and has contributed to The Guardian, Time Out, The Vine, Beat Magazine and The Music Network. She tweets from @stephharmon





Ingrid Jonach writes books for children and young adults. Her debut young adult novel When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) was published internationally and became an Amazon bestseller. Ingrid is also the author of the children’s books The Frank Frankie and Frankie Goes to France, and a picture book called A Lot of Things. Ingrid holds a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing with Honours.






Gayle Kennedy is a member of the Wongaiibon Clan of South-West NSW. She wrote Indigenous Issues for Streetwize, and published her stories widely, including in Australian Women’s Weekly, Reader’s Digest, Australian Author Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, and Edinburgh Review. Her book, Koori Girl Goes Shoppin’ was shortlisted for the David Unaipon Award and Me, Antman & Fleabag won the award in 2006. She recently published six graphic novels with UQP.




Benjamin Law is the author of two books—The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012)—which were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. He’s also the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle and illustrator Oslo Davis. Benjamin is a frequent contributor to Good Weekend, frankie and The Monthly, and has written for over 50 publications in Australia and worldwide.



Eleanor Limprecht’s first novel, What Was Left, came out last year and was shortlisted for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Born in the US and raised in Germany, Pakistan and the US, she now lives in Sydney. Her second novel, about an young female abortionist who was convicted of manslaughter and spent time in Long Bay Gaol in the early 1900s, will be published in 2015.






Portia Lindsay is the General Manager and Online Editor for Seizure and writes for publications including the Review section of The Australian and Books and Publishing magazine. Portia enjoys time alone and jigsaw puzzles.






Madelaine Lucas has appeared in Island Magazine, and several volumes of the UTS Writers’ Anthology. She is currently working on an album with her band Devotional.







Walter Mason is a writer, blogger and creative writing teacher. His first book, Destination Saigon was named one of the ten best travel books of 2010 by the Sydney Morning Herald. Walter’s latest book, Destination Cambodia, was released in 2013.Walter runs the Universal Heart Book Club with Stephanie Dowrick, an on-line book club that concentrates on matters of the spirit. He lives in Cabramatta, Sydney.





Bruce McCabe is the author of the thriller Skinjob. He lived in Kenya, Fiji and Japan before returning to Sydney, where he is now based. He is an expert on human issues in technology adoption and innovation and for three years wrote a weekly column exploring these themes in The Australian. He travels widely as a public speaker and innovation advisor, writes constantly, and is currently completing his second novel.




Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013), which was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and the recipient of a 2014 Martin Bequest Traveling Scholarship www.laurajeanmckay.com





Evi O. is a book designer and illustrator based in Sydney. Her work ranges from illustrated books, children’s books and magazines. Evi was awarded Young Designer of the Year in 2013 by the Australian Publishers Association. She works for Lantern, a division of Penguin Random House and is art director of Alphabet Family Journal. www.evi-o.com





Siv Parker is an Aboriginal Australian from the black soil plains of northwest New South Wales. She won the  2012 David Unaipon Award (unpublished manuscript) at the Queensland Literary Awards, and has published short stories, profiles and opinion for literary journals as well as freelance writing for The Guardian and Koori Mail Newspaper. She created ‘Tweetyarns’, a form of Twitter fiction, blogs extensively and continues to experiment with digital platforms for storytelling and screen adaptions. She is a joint winner of the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival Blurb Blog-to-book Challenge and will publish on 8 November 2014.


Robyn Ridgeway is a Dungutti woman who writes poetry and YA paranormal romance. She likes to add a bit of her culture to her writing when she can, but doesn’t want to be categorised specifically as an ‘Aboriginal writer’. Her goal is to become a published author, one whose stories, no matter the genre, have meaning. Writing is a gift she truly wants to share with others.






Leigh Rigozzi is a Sydney-based artist and writer. He has exhibited at various galleries around Australia and regularly self-publishes collections of his comics and drawing work. He is the editor of the comics anthology Blood & Thunder. Leigh is the Projects and Communications Officer at the NSW Writers’ Centre.






Zoë Sadokierski is an award winning book designer, illustrator and writer who lectures at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is co-founder of the Page Screen Studio, an executive editor of the MediaObject book series, Vice President of the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) and writes a column on book culture for The Conversation. Her creative research explores the evolution of the book in a digital age.





Gaele Sobott has published numerous children’s books for the African market, various essays, and Colour Me Blue, a collection of short stories with Heinemann. My Longest Round, the life story of Aboriginal boxer Wally Carr, was published in 2010. She is editor of Young Days, an anthology of oral histories by Bankstown Aboriginal Elders, and is currently completing a collection of short stories on her experience of disability, and life in Lakemba.




James Tierney is a writer and reviewer from Sydney. His work has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Australian Book Review and The Big Issue. He hopes one day to write sentences of tumble-down beauty. To its cost, Twitter knows him as @ViragoHaus.



Garry Trinh is a Sydney based artist, photographer, teacher and graphic designer. He has self published many books including Just Heaps Surprised to be Alive which was nominated for Photography Book of the Year at the 4th International Photo book Festival at Kassel, Germany. For the past 4 years he has been the community manager at Blurb, one of the world’s leading online publishing platforms that allows anyone to design, print, sell and globally distribute their own professionally printed books, magazines and ebooks.







Julia Tsalis is the Program Manager at the NSW Writers’ Centre where she is responsible for the artistic and professional development programs.  Julia has over ten years experience in arts management; having worked at the Australian Writers’ Guild, the Australia Council and in the US as Program Manager of the Professional Theatre Training Program.  She is the Chair of SAMAG and a board member of the National Young Writers’ Festival.


Ellen Tyrrell is Membership Officer at the NSW Writers’ Centre. She is also a Sydney based writer with a Masters in Creative Writing from UTS.


Robert Watkins is a publisher at Hachette Australia. He’s primarily interested in publishing non-fiction with a leaning towards young, contemporary voices.





Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney, whose work has been published in journals in Australia, Asia and the USA. Her poetry collection, Knuckled, won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Sydney’s Writing & Society Research Centre.






Susan Wyndham is the literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, author of Life In His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist, and contributing editor of My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent.






Amanda Yeo is a solicitor, BA Communication/B Laws graduate, and SWEATSHOP writer. She has performed her work at the 2012 Sydney Writer’s Festival, 2011 Bankstown Youth Week, and on FBI Radio; been published in the UTS Writers’ Anthology 2011, Westside New Series Vol 2, and Stories of Sydney; and had her writing performed by ATYP. Amanda previously spoke at the 2014-16 Australia Council for the Arts’ Disability Action Plan launch.





Claire Zorn’s first young adult novel  The Sky So Heavy was published to critical acclaim in 2013. It was awarded Honour Book and has been shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award. Her second novel The Protected was published in 2014.

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