Writers and industry professionals from around Australia will converge on the State Library of Victoria for the National Writers' Conference (June 23-24). From the emerging to the established, writers and panellists will offer varied perspectives on the industry, deconstructing and discussing the art and craft of writing and the business of working in the publishing industry. Writers will have the opportunity to grill the Emerging Writers' Festival Ambassadors (Melissa Lucashenko, Isobelle Carmody, Ellen van Neerven, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Stuart Grant) in Control Room sessions, pitch directly to publishers and hone their craft in workshops.

Emerging Writers' Festival Ambassador Melissa Lucashenko.


A big party is being held to celebrate the winter solstice. Depending on how you look at it, today is the shortest day of the year, or the longest night. Come light the touchpaper of renewal and join others around a fire for a night of performance, stories, song and dance. Take along an old piece of writing, or a note to your future self to put in the bonfire. With Manisha Anjali, Joey Bui, Quang Dinh, Amal Ibrahim, Lay the Mystic and Charlotte Raymond. Hosted by Leah Avene, tunes by MzRizk.

Thursday, June 21, 7pm. $19 full/$17 concession. Footscray Community Arts Centre



Women writing, performing odes to the babes in their lives that inspire and uplift them. With Idil Ali, Leah Avene, Kate ten Buuren, Simona Castricum, Shastra Deo, Eugenia Flynn, Soreti Kadir and Manal Younus. Hosted by Namila Benson.

Monday, June 25, 7pm. $19 full/$17 concession. Northcote Town Hall


Remember the sound of dial-up? The click of a joystick? MSN Messenger and Myspace are gone, and your NeoPets have gone to a better place. Technology is changing at such a rapid pace there's hardly a moment to stop and collect every coin. A night of retro-nostalgia with multidisciplinary performances paying homage to your favourite obsolete technologies, gadgets and games. With Calvin Fung, Fury, Nathania Gilson, Nikki Tran and Tegan Webb. Hosted by Jini Maxwell

Tuesday, June 26, 7pm. $19 full/$17 concession. Bar SK, 90 Smith St, Collingwood


A night of rants about things they love or hate from comedians and commentators. Leave restraint at the door and prepare yourself for a night of passionate persuasion. With Andy Butler, Shaad D'Souza, Dee Fidge, Jes Layton and Nevo Zisin. Hosted by Nayuka Gorrie

Thursday, June 28, 7pm. $19 full/$17 concession. Loop Project Space & Bar, 23 Meyers Place

Over half of the program consists of free events, which include: Sweatshop Showcase, Subversion and Disability, Pan Afrikan Poets, and the Early Words, Lunchtime Lit, Late Night Lit series at The State Library of Victoria.


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