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New Beginnings

Fri 10 Sep, 7pm

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Join three writers—Heidi Everett, Nicole Smith and Beau Windon—as they each respond to the prompt of New Beginnings and discuss a new way of being, one where disability justice is paramount and intersecting forms of oppression are confronted and subverted. Hosted by Andy Jackson. This event is supported by City of Melbourne through Storming the City, a program run by Writers Victoria designed to see writers with disability recognised, celebrated and employed.

In partnership with Footscray Community Arts Centre


1 hour


Event artists

Heidi Everett is a proud neurodivergent artist, writer, mental health creative recovery advocate, social impact facilitator, producer and innovator in Melbourne. My Friend Fox is her first book, harnessing the living experience of hard-earned survivalism and freely found humanity which underpins all of Heidi's work.

Andy Jackson has been shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and the John Bray Poetry Award. He has co-edited disability-themed issues of Southerly and Australian Poetry Journal, and works as a creative writing teacher and mentor. Andy's next poetry collection, Human Looking, is forthcoming from Giramondo in 2021.

Nicole Smith is a writer, wheelchair user, coffee addict, AFL footy fan and improviser. She works as a digital communications officer. She has a blog where she interviews social entrepreneurs and is a frequent attendee of the Melbourne Writers Festival, who she has dreamt of being involved with since the age of 16.

Beau Windon is a neurodivergent writer of Wiradjuri descent based in Melbourne. He writes quirky stories about quirky people with a focus on YA fiction. Under the pen name, Beau SYW, you can experience his words weaved together in raw chaotic poetry. In 2020, he was awarded an EWF ‘At Home’ residency and a Varuna fellowship.

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