Lessons from the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2016

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at supporting emerging writers. I attended this year’s 10-day festival for the first time. I didn’t go to every event, but here are some lessons I took away from the ones I went to. Industry Insiders: Pitch Perfect With: Jacinda Woodhead (Overland Journal), Cate Blake (Penguin/Random House), Jo Walker (Frankie), Cassidy Knowlton (Crikey) Pitch Perfect brought together four publishers and editors to give us a behind the…

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Night Noodle Markets, Melbourne

Night Noodle Market is part of Good Food Month, Australia’s largest food festival. Over 17 summer nights, the banks of the Yarra River are alive with the delicious aromas of authentic Asian food. You’ll find fare from Korea, Vietnam, China, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, India, Malaysia and Burma among the 50 food stalls. If you love Asian food, you can’t miss it. I tasted some spicy chicken skewers and naan bread from one Indian stall, popcorn chicken…

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The African Festival at Fed Square

Theo threw me out of the house on Saturday so he could do alone Theo things (which often involves activities such as cleaning and killing spiders), so I went off into the city to attend the first African Festival at Federation Square. It was a beautiful summer day. The sun was ruthless, but there was a wonderful, cool breeze. A 7-Eleven Coca-Cola Slurpee never tasted so good. The event got off to a slow, quiet…

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Lalor Community Multicultural Day

Melbourne

The photography club that Theo belongs to got a gig at the Lalor Community Multicultural Day last weekend. So, off we went! This is another one of those little things that I love about Melbourne. Like markets, there’s a community festival going on in somewhere nearly every weekend. We got there just as it was opening, at 12pm, and it was slow at that point, but it picked up quickly especially by the time the…

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Scenes from White Night Melbourne 2013

On Saturday night, Melbourne became the first Australian city to join in the all-night global celebration of art in public spaces. White Night Melbourne drew over 300,000 people to the city center between 7pm and 7am and featured over 80 events in music, film, performance, light and sounds, art, and food. The White Night Festival was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, but it really took off in Paris, and now it’s arrived in Melbourne. There…

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Bikefest and the Sustainable Living Festival

There are two cool festivals going on right now: Bikefest and the Sustainable Living Festival. My main interest is in Bikefest, which kicked off February 14 with a Valentine’s Day breakfast and speed dating and runs through March 9. There are different events including a market, workshops, a ride-in movie, and a number of rides. Click here for the full program. The Sustainable Living Festival began February 9 and runs through February 24. The program…

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