One of Australia’s most established and well-respected literary festivals, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, invites you to discover new stories, new voices, and new worlds.

Discover new stories, new voices, and new worlds in an evening of readings presented as part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, recited in several languages including Urdu, Hindi, French, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin, English and Spanish.

Gabriela Georges
Gabriela Georges is a writer, singer and creative guide who explores grief and loss, love, and nature. She recently debuted her sold-out theatre show, RISE & FALL, as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival, which takes the audience on a reflective, heartfelt journey of life after mother loss. Gabriela regularly facilitates creative writing workshops in therapeutic and community settings. She loves to see people express themselves, connect with others, and improve their wellbeing through creativity. She founded The Grief Cocoon to support people with creative tools and resources to express, process, and transform grief.

Vanessa Giron
Vanessa Giron is a writer, editor and content creator based in Naarm/Melbourne. Her work interrogates pop culture, minority communities, femininity, and how these things shape our world and understanding of it. Vanessa also produces work in Spanish. She is currently working on a new project called Moral Variation, which you can subscribe to on Substack.

Ren Jiang
Ren Jiang is a Chinese writer, editor, and theatre/filmmaker based on unceded Wurundjeri country. Their work has been featured by the Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, the Melbourne Theatre Company, and more. They have been a poetry editor for Voiceworks, and a 2022 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. They are currently occupied with chasing ghosts across dreamscapes, and trying to write everything down before someone forgets.

Nadia Niaz
Nadia Niaz founded and edits the Australian Multilingual Writing Project. Her academic and creative work explores multilingual creative expression, the practicalities and politics of translation, and the idea of ‘belonging’ in multiple contexts. Her poetry has appeared in Rabbit, Not Very Quiet, Peril, and The Polyglot, and her collection, The Djinn Hunters is forthcoming as part of the Rabbit Poets Series. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.

Asiel Adan Sanchez
Asiel Adan Sanchez is a non-binary writer based in Naarm/Melbourne. Born and raised in Mexico, their work explores the intricacies of race, culture, gender and sexuality. Asiel’s writing has appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Rabbit Poetry, Voiceworks Magazine, and Australian Multilingual Writing Project, among others. Their first poetry collection, m/ /otherland, is published through Revarena Ediciones and was highly commended for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and The International Latino Book Awards.

Madhvi Thakur
Madhvi Singh Thakur is a bi-lingual writer, scholar, and sometimes ghostwriter. Gender, sexuality, and culture are three themes that inspire most of her work. Her works have been published in Cordite Poetry Review, Voiceworks, TOS magazine, Gulmohar Quarterly, Archer, Refinery 29, and other Indian and Australian publications. When Madhvi isn’t writing she goes on air on 3CR at “Writing Home” a space for migrant writers of colour, and their processes navigating home, life, and love.

Date: Wed 21 June 2023


Immigration Museum
Long Room, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000