The Emerging Writers' Festival this year looks to be stuffed to the brim with great minds, events, and ideas. Taking place from June 19–29, many different disciplines and venues will to unite to host the voices of the Australian writing world, both established and emerging. For just a few bites of what's on offer, there will be masterclasses and intensives on everything from poetry to podcasting; a dinner 'speakeasy' on money, sex and death; Pan Afrikan Poets, which will bring Afrikan artists and First Nation and Pasifika artists together in conversation; and Translation Nation, a roaming look through different disciplines and languages exploring ways of saying.
The National Writers' Conference will take place during the weekend, bringing together ambassadors such as Isobelle Carmody, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Ellen van Neerven to share their experience and advice, while also allowing emerging writers to pitch to industry professionals.
It's not all serious stuff, though — there are parties on the agenda, too. Amazing Babes is a constant favourite of the festival, and will again celebrate the women who uplift and better others (aka, babes that are amazing) at Northcote Town Hall. The Queer Icons Party will be a big ol' bonanza celebrating queer stories and lives, and Further from the Sun is the winter solstice party featuring words, dance and song at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.
More than 50 percent of the program is free – best start booking yourselves in. More information and full program here.