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Writers' panel with Writers Victoria

Art is... starting early, with this fantastic pre-festival event. We went to the ends of the EARTH for the best authors for this years festival.  Thanks heaps to Writers Victoria. On zoom or join us at Jubilee Hall to watch it together, with refreshments and special giveaways. You need to book so we can send you the link and we have enough glasses. Scroll down to book.


Wednesday 11th  May 

Time: 7.30pm


Authors Claire G. Coleman (author of Terra Nullius), Briohny Doyle (Echolalia and This Island Will Sink) and Matthew Evans (Soil), and Science Communicator Rachel Rayner. 

This panel will feature prominent Australian writers in a conversation moderated by Jessica Obersby, program manager, Writeability, at Writers Victoria. 

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Claire G.Coleman

Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman whose family have belonged to the south coast of Western Australia since long before history started being recorded. She writes fiction, essays, poetry and art criticism while either living in Naarm (Melbourne) or on the road.

Born in Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar (Perth), away from her ancestral country she has lived most of her life in Victoria and most of that in and around Naarm (Melbourne).

During an extended circuit of the continent she wrote a novel, influenced by certain experiences gained on the road. She has since won a Black&Write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship for that novel ,Terra Nullius. Terra Nullius was published in Australia by Hachette Australia and in North America by Small Beer Press.

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Rachel Rayner

Rachel Rayner is a science communicator, physicist and performer who has contributed to projects throughout the world. Her debut on the Fringe stage, at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2021, resulted in sold out shows. Rachel has written and performed countless shows for Questacon—the National Science and Technology Centre, and the Discovery Science and Technology Centre in Bendigo. Following her three previous shows on light, her favourite show to write was “Grossology” despite her initial disgust. She has also published poetry, presented at the National Arts Festival (South Africa) and co-authored a paper on science poetry in Australia. Rachel will be bringing her award winning show " A Flying Photon" and her science writing workshops to the Wimmera for the Festival. 

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Briohny Doyle

Briohny’s latest novel, Echolalia is out now through PRH Vintage.

Her previous books include Adult Fantasy (Scribe 2017) and The Island Will Sink (Brow Books 2016).

Briohny’s criticism, short fiction and poetry have appeared in The Sunday Times, The Monthly, The Age, Overland, Going Down Swinging, and Meanjin. She has performed her work at the Sydney Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Briohny was a 2017 Endeavour post doctoral fellow at Yale University and the University of California Santa Cruz. She was a 2020 Fulbright Scholar. She is a lecturer in Writing, Literature, and Culture at Deakin University.

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Matthew Evans

Matthew Evans, aka the Gourmet Farmer, is a chef by trade and Tasmanian smallholder by choice. He is the co-owner with his partner Sadie Chrestman of Fat Pig Farm, a 70 acre mixed holding that grows food for their on-farm restaurant in the picturesque Huon Valley. Matthew has been a food writer for three decades, as well as a television presenter for the last ten years. He’s fronted six series of Gourmet Farmer on SBS TV, along with documentaries What’s the Catch and For the Love of Meat.  A strong advocate for knowing and trusting what you eat, he’s written for magazines, newspapers and guide books and is the author of thirteen books on food, including his ethical meat manifesto On Eating Meat, and his most recent tome, The Commons as well as two memoirs, including The Dirty Chef

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