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Emerging Writers' Festival Melbourne, Victoria

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is an independent arts organisation based in Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. We exist in order to promote the interests of emerging writers – to improve their opportunities for professional development as well as their engagement with the broader public.

Each year the Emerging Writers’ Festival brings writers, editors, publishers and literary performers together with the reading public for a festival that is fast becoming an essential part of Australia’s literary calendar.

Contact Information

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PO Box 21251 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9094 7839

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Opening Hours

Access to the collection can be arranged by appointment, pending availability.

Entry Fee

No admission fees

Location

The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria

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The Emerging Writers' Festival Collection is largely an ephemeral collection consisting of posters, programs and promotional materials generated by the organisation in the organisation's ten year history.

The collection also consists of photographs, audio-visual materials and books.

Significance

The collection holds social significance. It demonstrates the ways in which the literary community in Melbourne - and later across Australia - identified a gap in the ways in which contemporary literary organisations were supporting emerging artists. The collection demonstrates the evolution of a small arts organisation from conception as a two day zine fair into an eleven day national festival.

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2007 Emerging Writers' Festival Poster

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A red, black and white poster advertising the 2007 Emerging Writers' Festival, including festival dates and sponsor logos.

Historical information

This poster is advertising the 2007 Emerging Writers' Festival, which was Directed by Steve Grimwade in 2007.

2013 Emerging Writers' Festival Poster

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A green, white, brown and orange poster advertising the 2013 Emerging Writers' Festival, which ran from May 23rd until June 2nd in 2013.

Historical information

The 2013 Emerging Writers' Festival was programmed by festival Director Sam Twyford-Moore. 2013 marks the tneth anniversary of the organisation.

2013 Emerging Writers' Festival Flyer

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A blue and white flyer with black text advertising the 2013 Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing, which is run in conjunction with the Emerging Writers' Festival.

Historical information

Winners of the Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing are announced at the Emerging Writers' Festival and receive a paid opportunity to publish something in the EWF publication 'The Emerging Reader'. Monash University is a major EWF partner.

Seires of Signal Express Publications

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A series of black and white, A4 printed publications that focus on the 2013 Emerging Writers' Festival.

Historical information

The Signal Express provided daily reviews, interviews and printed materials around the 2013 Emerging Writers' Festival. These include articles including a Q&A with Director Sam Twyford-Moore.

Emerging Writers' Festival Flyer - Lego Poetry

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A white A4 page with black printed text with details of a Lego Poetry event, held as part of the 2011 Emerging Writers' Festival.

Historical information

The 2011 Emerging Writers' Festival was programmed by Festival Director Lisa Dempster - the Lego Poetry event just one of dozens of events held in Melbourne in May, 2011.

Significance

Highlights the importance of the inclusion of social media in Emerging Writers' Festival events, programming and ethos

2008 Festival Program - Emerging Writers' Festival 2008 Festival Program

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

Small cream and grey stapled booklet containing the details of the 2008 Emerging Writers' Festival programming.

Historical information

This is the program from the 2008 Emerging Writers' Festival. The program provides information about the events and programs involved in the festival, the first EWF programmed by Artistic Director David Ryding.

2013 Festival Program - 10th Emerging Writers' Festival 2013

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A green, white, brown and orange booklet which contains information about the program for the 2013 Emerging Writers' Festival. The booklet has 44 pages and the cover has two parts - with the illustration on cover a separate but larger page than the green text.

Historical information

This is the program from the 10th Emerging Writers' Festival. The EWF is an independent arts organisation based in the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne. The catalogue provides information about the events and programs involved in the festival, the first EWF programmed by Artistic Director Sam Twyford-Moore.

Significance

More information about the 2013 Emerging Writers' Festival can be found online at: https://web.archive.org/web/20130510133639/http://www.emergingwritersfestival.org.au/events/

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on front of catalogue is "10th Emerging Writers' Festival / 23rd May-2nd June / 2013".

2004 Festival Program - The Melbourne Emerging Writers' Festival 2004 Program

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

An eight page, stapled program for the 2004 Emerging Writers' Festival printed in black, white and three shades of orange.

Historical information

The first Emerging Writers’ Festival was held at the Victoria Hotel in Little Collins Street in January, 2004. The inaugural festival developed out of Express Media's Make It Up zine fair. It brought together the offerings of 68 writers from across Australia in a two-day series of panels, readings, performances and workshops. Express Media ‘s Artistic Director Richard Watts was the driving force behind the ground breaking initiative that was to become the Emerging Writers’ Festival. It was clear to him through the success and the demand of the Make It Up zine fair, which had its origins in 2000, that writing and writers were in the process of radical change and needed a new environment to grow. In response, Express Media formed a partnership with the Victorian Writers’ Centre and held the first Emerging Writers’ Festival with the tagline, the best Australian writers you haven’t heard of yet. The beginnings were humble but the foundations strong. In those early years the festival found its feet, its independence and a loyal and passionate audience.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Featuring the best Australian writers / you haven't heard of (yet) including new, young and / emerging poets, zinesters, short story / writers, spoken word performers, novelists, / screenplay writers / and playwrights, and a range of panels, / readings, workshops as well as an / independent publishers' trade fair."

2009 Festival Program - Emerging Writers' Festival 2009 Festival Program

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A small black and grey program of the 2009 Emerging Writers' Festival events.

Historical information

This is the program from the 2009 Emerging Writers' Festival. The program provides information about the events and programs involved in the festival, programmed by Artistic Director David Ryding.

Zine Bus Flyer

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A small flyer with black text and zine and green graphics, advertising the 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival Zine Bus.

Historical information

In 2010, Emerging Writers' Festival Director Lisa Demspter, ran a Zine Bus, which travelled around Melbourne's inner north and city running workshops, panels and events. The Zine Bus was held on Saturday May 29th, 2010.

2008 Emerging Writers' Festival Poster

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A blue, grey and white poster advertising the 2008 Emerging Writers' Festival, running from May 10-11 in 2008.

Historical information

The 2008 Emerging Writers' Festival was programmed by Festival Director David Ryding.

Emerging Writers' Festival Badge

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A small white badge with black text and a red love heart, produced for the Emerging Writers' Festival, mostly likely in 2010 and 2011.

Historical information

In 2010, Emerging Writers' Festival Director Lisa Demspter, ran a Zine Bus, which travelled around Melbourne's inner north and city running workshops, panels and events. The Zine Bus was held on Saturday May 29th, 2010. The badge is most likely form 2010.

2011 Emerging Writers' Festival Flyer - Sponsor a writer - become an Emerging Writers' Festival Pen Pal in 2011

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A white, green and yellow flyer with black font, looking for supporters to become a Pen Pal to sponsor one emerging writers' attendance at the 2011 festival.

Historical information

All writers are paid $75 to appear at the Emerging Writers' Festival. This flyer is seeking people to sponsor the appearance of one emerging writer at the 2011 festival.

2008 Festival Photographs

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A collection of digital photographs, taken at various events associated with the 2008 Emerging Writers' Festival.

Historical information

The 2008 Emerging Writers' Festival was held in May and was the fifth time the festival ran. It was the first EWF programmed by Artistic Director David Ryding, with special events including a Zine Fair, 48 Hour Play Generator and a series of artists responding to the work of singer songwriter Paul Kelly.

2009 Emerging Writers' Festival Poster

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A black, grey and white poster advertising the 2009 Emerging Writers' Festival.

Historical information

The 2009 Emerging Writers' Festival was programmed by Director David Ryding, with highlights including the 48 Hour Play Generator and Speakers' Corner.

2006 Emerging Writers' Festival Survey

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A green A4 page with printing on both sides that surveys participants of the 2006 Emerging Writers' Festival.

Historical information

The 2006 Emerging Writers' Festival was the third EWF. Surveying and understanding the wants and needs of audiences has always been an important part of programming for the following year at the EWF.

Book - The Reader - Volume Two

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

The second volume of The Reader, this book has a blue cover depicting a drawn writer at work in the only light room of a building.

Historical information

The Reader brings together ideas and insights into the craft, philosophy and politics of being a writer. It’s about writing and everything that comes with that: editing and publishing, motivation and distraction, the missed opportunities and the poetics of failure. With articles, essays, poems, fiction and artworks, The Reader blurs the lines between the creative and the critical, ultimately asking, what is it to be a writer? The book was published in 2010 and edited by Aden Rolfe

Book - The Reader

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

The Reader is the first Emerging Writers' Festival book. It has a black and silver cover with circular motifs on the front.

Historical information

The Reader includes articles, essays, poems, stories and artworks that presents highlights from the 2009 Festival and the writing world beyond. Recreating the diversity of writing forms and styles that the Emerging Writers’ Festival showcases, The Reader includes novelists, journalists, screenwriters, comedians, poets, playwrights, spoken word artists, comics writers and others, all talking about or showcasing their particular craft – all talking shop – but in a way that is useful and interesting to all writers. The book was published in 2009 and edited by Dion Kagan

2011 Emerging Writers' Festival Poster

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A white poster with blue font and colourful paint markings advertising the 2011 Emerging Writers' Festival.

Historical information

The 2011 Emerging Writers' Festival was programmed by Director Lisa Dempster. The festival ran from May 26 until June 5th, 2011.

2011 Festival Photographs

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A collection of digital photographs, taken at various events associated with the 2011 Emerging Writers' Festival.

Historical information

The 2011 Emerging Writers' Festival was programmed by Artistic Director Lisa Dempster. The festival ran from May 26 until June 5th, 2011.

Emerging Writers' Festival Flyer - Welcome to the First Word

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A black and white A4 page folded into a flyer providing details of the First Word opening night Emerging Writers' Festival in 2009.

Historical information

The First Word is the traditional opening night Emerging Writers' Festival event. The event offers a sample of what is to come during the festival. This flyer, advertising the 2009 First Word event, also lists the staff, Board and partners.

2010 Festival Photographs

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A collection of digital photographs associated with the 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival.

Historical information

The 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival was the first EWF programmed by Artistic Director Lisa Dempster. The Festival ran in Melbourne from May 21st until May 30th, 2010.

2010 Festival Program - Emerging Writers' Festival - The Festival for Writers

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A small booklet, which is white with graded colour that contains the details of the programming for the 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival.

Historical information

This is the program from the 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival. The program provides information about the events and programs involved in the festival, the first EWF programmed by Artistic Director Lisa Dempster.

2007 Emerging Writers' Festival Flyer

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A black flyer with gold printing advertising the 2007 Emerging Writers' Festival, including details of sponsors, an overview of the program and dates and contact details.

Historical information

The 2007 Emerging Writers' Festival was programmed by festival Director Steve Grimwade. The festival ran from My 25 until May 27, 2007 at the Melbourne Town Hall, Federation Square and the State Library of Victoria.

2013 Festival Photographs

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A collection of digital photographs associated with the 2013 Emerging Writers' Festival. All photographed within this sample were taken by photographer mark Gambino.

Historical information

The 2013 Emerging Writers' Festival ran from May 23rd until June 2nd, 2013. The festival was held in Melbourne and offered 68 events across 11 days. Program highlights include the Writers' Town Hall Conference, the late night literary programming at new Festival Hub 1000 £ Bend and the health and well-being focused Writers' Retreat at Abbotsford Convent.

2010 Emerging Writers' Festival Poster

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A large white poster with multi-coloured text advertising the 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival.

Historical information

The 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival was programmed by festival Director Lisa Dempster. Highlights of the programming include the Living Library, Page Parlour and Zine bus.

Book - The Emerging Writer

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A blue, yellow and black book with an image of a fanciful hot air balloon on the cover.

Historical information

The Emerging Writer is an insider’s guide full of valuable advice from fellow travellers – a resource you can keep within arm’s length, for when you need to consult that map again to help you find your way. The book was published in 2012 and edited by Karen Pickering.

2007 Festival Program - Emerging Writers' Festival 2007

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A black and gold printed booklet of the 2007 Emerging Writes' Festival Program

Historical information

This program is for events held during the 2007 Emerging Writers' Festival. The program provides information about the events and programs involved in the festival, which was Directed by Steve Grimwade in 2007.

Significance

More information about the programming of the 2007 Emerging Writers' Festival can be found at: https://web.archive.org/web/20070516153025/http://emergingwritersfestival.org.au/

2009 Festival Photographs

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A collection of digital photographs, taken at various events associated with the 2009 Emerging Writers' Festival.

Historical information

The 2009 Emerging Writers' Festival was programmed by David Ryding and ran from May 22nd until May 31st. Program highlights include Speed Dating, The First Word and the Weekend Town Hall Conference.

2005 Festival Program - Emerging Writers' Festival Program 2005

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A red, A5 booklet with a black and white butterfly on the cover. The booklet contains the program information for the 2005 Emerging Writers' Festival, held at the Victoria Hotel in Little Collins Street in Melbourne.

Historical information

The 2005 Emerging Writers' Festival was the second EWF. The festival was held at the Victoria Hotel in Melbourne in May, 2005. It was presented by Express Media in partnership with the Victorian Writers' Centre (now Writers' Victoria) and the festival Director was Terry Jaensch.