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12 hours to write 12 chapters

On February 18, 2014


In just 20 days,streets, laneways, landmarks and cultural institutions spanning eight city blocks will burst into life overnight with 50 events and activities added to the White Night Melbourne programme.

More than 100 free events and activities now make up the dusk-til-dawn line-up, which will transform Melbourne’s streets into a thriving cultural playground.

The event, which runs from 7pm on Saturday 22 February to 7am on Saturday 23 February, expands significantly this year to include 11 precincts, ranging from the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road, to the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne City Baths and the Melbourne Museum. It stretches from Southbank Boulevard to Victoria Street and from Elizabeth Street to Russell Street.

One of the many creative events is The Book of the Night.Watch a book being written in one single night with the finished work available as an eBook the very next day! Writers have a reputation for working feverishly into the night.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is challenging 12 writers over 12 hours to write 12 chapters in a collective work of fiction titled The Book of the Night. The intrepid writers will be on stage at The Wheeler Centre with their writing projected as they work. Audiences will be encouraged to shape the story by feeding plot points and suggesting characters. The event will be streamed live online and showcase a diverse range of writers working across a variety of genres and styles including poetry, fiction, short story writers, comics artists and more.

7PM Laura Jean McKay (Writer, Holiday in Cambodia)
8PM Tom Doig (Writer, Mörön to Mörön: two men, two bikes, one Mongolian misadventure)
9PM Oslo Davis (Illustrator and Cartoonist New York TimesThe Age and The Guardian) 
10PM Emma Valente (Writer, Designer, Director and Co-Artistic Director The Rabble)
11PM Fiona Hile (Poet The Family Idiot and Novelties)
12PM Holly Childs (Writer, Poet and Founding Editor Crazy in Love)
1AM Rafael SW (Writer, Poetry Slam Artist and Founding Member Dead Poets’ Fight Club)
2AM Nic Low (Writer, Artist and Critic)
3AM Briohny Doyle (Essayist, Performer and Novelist The Island Will Sink)
4AM Susie Anderson (Poet Voiceworks)
5AM Sam van Zweden (Blogger and Online Editor Writers Bloc)
6AM Chris Somerville (Writer, We Are Not The Same Anymore)

This all night writing space will be open to everyone, with a dreamy late night soundtrack daring authors to stay awake, put pen to paper and create something new.


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