New Beginnings: Melbourne Writers Festival

  • New Beginnings. Image of Heidi Everett.
    New Beginnings. Image of Heidi Everett.
New Beginnings: Melbourne Writers Festival
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Documented as part of Melbourne Writers Festival, join four writers—Heidi EverettAnthony Riddell, Nicole Smith and Beau Windon—as they each respond to the prompt of ‘New Beginnings’. Interwoven with readings of their work, the group of neurodiverse writers discuss ways of being where disability justice is paramount.

Presented by Melbourne Writers Festival, Writers Victoria and Footscray Community Arts. 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. 




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Meet the Artists
  • Beau Windon
    Beau Windon

    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.

  • Heidi Everett
    Heidi Everett

    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. 

  • Anthony Riddell
    Anthony Riddell

    Born in Adelaide (Kaurna country), maimed in Sydney (Eora country), jolly in Melbourne (Wurundjeri country). Anthony Riddell is a prolific writer and performance poet whose work has been published by Writers Victoria and Westerly. He is a 2018 Writeability Fellow. His chapbook, Animalcule, was published by In Case of Emergency Press in 2019.

  • Nicole Smith
    Nicole Smith

    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.