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Silence is the death of a story

Friday 4 November 2022

12:00 pm - 03:00 pm - Pharmacy Seminar Room - University of Sydney


This session is aimed at queer emerging writers. The workshop will give participants knowledge and understanding of how to get their work published, and increase writers’ confidence in submitting their work to publishers. Participants will also have the opportunity to put their questions to a publishing director and an award-winning novelist. Only 35 spaces available.


Emily Riches (she/her) is the founding editor of Aniko Press, an indie publisher based on Gadigal land, Sydney. She holds an editing and publishing qualification from UTS and has worked for several independent publishers in Australia and internationally. Emily is an unapologetic bookworm with a passion for supporting emerging writers and creating space for creative community. She believes queer literature has always been groundbreaking, experimental and worth celebrating, and aims to publish a diverse and exciting range of new voices. 

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Robert Watkins is Publishing Director of Ultimo Press. He has over 20 years experience in the Australian book industry having worked in book retail, sales, marketing, publicity, publishing and more recently as Head of Literary at Hachette Australia. Robert’s love for a good story well told has led to publishing some of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary authors, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Claire G. Coleman, Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Sarah Schmidt and Peter Polites, to name just a few.


Jennifer Mills (she/they) is an author, editor and critic living on Kaurna Yerta. Mills’ novel Dyschronia was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, Aurealis, and Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature in 2019. Mills’ latest novel is The Airways, a queer ghost story set in Sydney and Beijing, published August 2021 by Picador.


Joanna Lamb (she/her) is the Co-founder and Director of EnQueer. When she is not working with talented queer writers, she spends her time managing strategic projects, designing and delivering workshops, and writing. In her spare time, she is also a coach and community activist. Joanna is passionate about queer representation in literature and film, and in particular, the importance of nuanced and authentic storytelling about and by queer women. Joanna has written for a variety of queer publications and is currently writing her first novel. She moved from London to Sydney twelve years ago and currently lives in Sydney with partner and their miniature dachshund, Sushi.

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