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NMIT Future Writers Festival at Westgarth Books

28 Oct 2010

Confirming Melbourne's reputation as a City of Literature, an exciting new writers' festival has sprung up in the Northern suburbs. Organized by students in the Bachelor of Writing and Publishing programme at NMIT, the festival plays host to a remarkable line-up of writers who will gather on 12 November at Westgarth Books to talk about how writing helps them to make sense of the world.

Guests include Jon Bauer, Sean Whelan, Dan Ducrou, Andrew McDonald, Bernard Caleo and others. “Seeing this festival through has been a wonderfully rewarding experience,” said first-year student, Stephanie Degiorgio, one of the organizers of the event and Editor-in-Chief of the new anthology Cursive Scripts, which is published by NMIT's Bachelor of Writing and Publishing. “An aspiring writer myself, I'm always fascinated to hear writers speak about their sources of inspiration and predictions for the future.”

The festival will be held at Westgarth Books, 77 High St, Westgarth, on 12 November from 11-5pm. The bookshop has become an important new forum for emerging writers, holding a thriving pro-gramme of talks, book clubs and writing workshops. “We're delighted the students approached us to hold their festival,” said Liza Mihailidis, Manager of Westgarth Books. “Events like these are important to a community bookshop like ours that is committed to supporting emerging and local authors.”

Along with the publication of the Inscribe newspaper, produced by third-year students from the programme in partnership with Darebin City Council, the Future Writers' Festival will benefit from the course's new location at NMIT's Fairfield campus. “Being on the same campus as our fellow creative degrees will be enormously beneficial,” said Dr Karen Simpson Nikakis, Head of Programme and author of The Kira Chronicles. Lecturer in Publishing, Dr Sigi Jöttkandt, agreed. “I'm sure we'll see more student initiatives like these next year.”

NMIT's Bachelor of Writing and Publishing has rapidly developed a reputation for excellence and innovation in research and teaching. Adding to the programme's industry-acclaimed undergraduate degree, the new Publishing Lab was established in 2010 to research and develop emergent publishing platforms.

More Information:
Talking About NMIT - Making sense of the world at the Future Writers' Festival
Publishing Lab - Future Writers' Festival

Enquiries about the Bachelor of Writing and Publishing programme should be directed to Dr Karen Simpson Nikakis (03 92691959 For information about NMIT's Publishing Lab, contact Mr Paul Ashton ( or Dr Sigi Jottkandt (


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