A Celebration of New and Diverse Voices

Keynote Panel

Stories and their creators draw on all manner of inspiration.

Our panel of new and diverse voices will discuss what shapes and informs their storytelling in their preferred genre – whether it be song lyrics, poetry, photography, or short stories.

Join us at Goods Shed Arts with our panel Theo Kwek*, Sarah Walker, Ennis Ćehić, Jean Seizure* with host Cate Kennedy and a special pre-recorded presentation by artist ArunDitha.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

*Appearing via video link

Jean Seizure

Digital Panelist

Jean Seizure is a mishmash of many things. She started out as an actor at the age of six and starred memorable roles in dramas such as The Price of Peace (1997), Stepping Out (1999), as well as short films such as Autograph Book (2003) by Wee Li Lin. She has worked as a backup vocalist for established local and international musicians such as Joanna Dong and Jacky Cheung and is currently one-fifth of local a cappella group, The Apex Project. Jean’s debut single, Night, ranked 3rd of Spotify’s Viral 50 Singapore playlist when it was released in 2018, and is currently at 2.5 million streams on Spotify. Her works are mostly inspired by life and heartbreak, and she believes that trials and tribulations are potential battle scars to be shared with people looking for a glimpse of hope.

Theophilus Kwek


Theophilus Kwek (郭慕義) is a writer, translator, editor and independent researcher based in Singapore. He has published four full-length collections of poetry, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue (2011), Circle Line (2013), Giving Ground (2016) and Moving House (2020). Both Circle Line and Giving Ground were shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, in 2014 and2018 respectively. In addition, his pamphlet, The First Five Storms (2017), was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award and won the inaugural New Poets’ Prize. Theophilus began writing as a student at Raffles Institution under the mentorship of Alvin Pang, Aaron Maniam and others. He went on to serve as President of the Oxford University Poetry Society, Editor at Oxford Poetry, Publications Director of the Oxford Writers’ House, Poetry Reader at The London Magazine, and Editor-at-Large for Singapore at Asymptote. While at university, he co-edited Flight, an anthology of poetry in response to the European refugee crisis, published by the Oxford Students’ Oxfam Group, and UnFree Verse, an anthology of formal poetry in Singapore. His long poem, Terezin, was performed at the Oxford New Writing Festival (2016) and—adapted as a chamber opera by Daniel Bonaventure Lim—at the "Performing the Jewish Archives" project at the University of Leeds. He also wrote the libretto for This World Lousy, a new musical by Peter Shepherd which premiered in Oxford in 2016. Later that year, he co-founded The Kindling, which he currently edits with Tash Keary.

Sarah Walker


Sarah Walker is a writer, artist and photographer. She makes work about anxiety, control and intimacy in text, video and immersive installation across Australia and internationally. She is a Walkley-nominated essayist and critic, and co-hosted the podcast Contact Mic. She is also one of Australia’s most experienced arts photographers. her most recent book is The First Time I thought I Was dying, published by UQP .She lives on Wadawurrung country in Geelong, Australia, where she surfs (badly) and gardens (also badly)

Ennis Ćehić


Ennis Ćehić is a writer whose work focuses on ideas of displacement, creativity and existentialism. His writing, including essays, fiction and memoir, has been published in a variety of literary journals and publications including Meanjin, Assemble Papers, Going Down Swinging and others. In 2018 Ennis was selected as an inaugural recipient of the Wheeler Centre's Next Chapter writers' scheme by judges Christos Tsiolkas, Benjamin Law, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Ellen van Neerven. He was mentored by Nam Le. He is the author of New Metonyms, a literary photography book about his homeland Bosnia & Herzegovina, released with photographer Shantanu Starick in 2020. Since 2007, Ennis has been working in the advertising industry as a copywriter, brand strategist and creative director. He lives and works between Melbourne and Sarajevo.

Cate Kennedy


Cate Kennedy recently completed her PhD in Creative Writing at LaTrobe University. She is the author of three poetry collections, two short story collections, a novel and a travel memoir, and is the recipient of the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry for her collection “The Taste of River Water” as well as a number of other awards. She works with students who are studying her stories on the VCE syllabus, and as part of the fiction faculty at Pacific University’s MFA in Creative Writing in Portland, Oregon. She’s fond of sitting on a veranda with a cold beer, reading.


Digital Artist

ArunDitha is a Singaporean poet, singer, professional speaker and the host of CNA’s Show Me The City. As a slam poet, she has won in Singapore, Germany and Australia. Her work has been privileged to be at the Barcelona International Poetry Festival, Q Berlin Questions and TEDx Singapore, and she has been invited as a resident to places like The Watermill Centre in NY and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. Under the name Deborah Emmanuel, she has written When I Giggle In My Sleep (2015), Rebel Rites(2016)and Genesis Visual Poetry Collection (2018). When not writing or performing poetry, she makes music with Mantravine and Kiat, teaches workshops, and supports ChangeMakers around the world as an Expression Coach with her practice www.be-your-self.love. Image Credit: Sam Geri

Date & Time
Sunday, April 10, 7 pm

Goods Shed Arts
Castlemaine Goods Shed
21 Kennedy Street
Castlemaine, 3450

60 mins

This is a covid safe event. All ticketholders must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask to attend.