Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

Digital Writers' Festival 2016

We all live in the internet. We see it, we breathe it, we create our lives in it. But it's changing and growing all the time, in big ways we can perceive, and in small ways we can’t.

For the 2016 Digital Writers' Festival, emerging writer Jessica Knight was part of an innovative and informative live streamed session titled 'The Internet We Imagine.' The panel...

Book cover of Me, Antman and Fleabag

Coverage of Indigenous and disabled writers is both sorely lacking and, largely, falsely homogenised in the current Australian literary market. This lack extends beyond the literary community and is a pervasive issue throughout all forms of mass media from television to film.

The talent is there, but access and categorisation with a focus on genre combine to exclude and limit readership of stories told by these groups. It was issues like these that were examined through  discussion of two works by Indigenous writers, Tony Birch and Gayle Kennedy, during...

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Can you tell me how being a woman writer has influenced your work?

And then, I feel it: on the women’s writing panel at every Australian festival. The momentary confusion. The invisibility. And sometimes, the anger and the grief. Mostly, I qualify the question. I’m a black woman writer, making work in Australia, for a largely white audience. Overtly political work. Most of my characters are black, and disenfranchised men and women. I can’t really think about being a woman writer, in isolation from that.

What I mean is: I don’t really understand your question. What I mean is:...

Photo of Susan Mackenzie with her dog

Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Here Susan Mackenzie challenges the perception that 'Young People Don't Get Sick'.

Photo of Kate Hood with the text "Writing is at the very heart of my creative world"

Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Enjoy this extract from 'Hunger' by regional writer and 2013 Write-ability Fellow Kate Hood...

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Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Here regional writer Natasha Agafonoff explores the link between writing and wellness, and when the pen is mightier than the shrink...

Photo of Chris Van Ingen

Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

After receiving widespread acclaim for his role in the ABC production of Christos Tsolkias' 'Barracuda', Geelong actor, writer and disability advocate Chris Van Ingen discusses how his writing has influenced his current success and why people with disability are best placed to play characters with disability...

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Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Enjoy this extract from Christian's story, 'Three little ducks'...

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Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Enjoy this extract from 'The line in the sand' by regional writer Amber Airey...

 

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Gail M Shell was one five writers with disability who received a Write-ability Fellowship in 2015.

The Fellowships, a joint initiative of Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria, enabled Gail to work with mentor Lyndel Caffrey.

Enjoy this extract from Gail's manuscript - 'Tom and Annie's Story'...