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This month, the Salon will be a bit different. Why? It’s Emerging Writers’ Festival season!

In an excellent coincidence, the May Salon is on the same night as EWF’s Opening Night Extravaganza. And it’s going to be at the Deakin Edge — literally next door to our meeting place of Beer Deluxe.

Here’s the plan: we’ll meet up at our usual spot at Beer Deluxe, at our usual starting time of 6pm, have a drink and quick catch‑up, before wandering the 50 metres or so to EWF’s schmancy event.

The festival launch will:

celebrate incredible writing talent, with the announcement of the recipient of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, as well as the Monash Prize for Undergraduate Creative Writing winners. We’ll hear from international guest, writer Emily St. John Mandel, as well as getting the scoop on what to expect this festival.

It’s free, but you should book. The rest of EWF’s program is here, all filterable and searchable, just the way we like it.

And for those who like to stay up late (and catch writers, editors and festival staff when they’re chilled out and imbibing), there’s also a noir-themed After Party at the Kelvin Club just around the corner on Russell Street.