One of the things I was most excited about at this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival was curating an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Future Bookshop.

I got the idea after last year’s festival when I was visiting MoNA. What would I put in a gallery if I had one available to me? Future Bookshop was the result, and I was very lucky that NGV Studio loved the idea and invited me and the Emerging Writers’ Festival to exhibit with them for three weeks.

Part art installation, part library and part interactive playground, Future Bookshop is a space for lovers of the written word. Bring a laptop, bring a smartphone, or just bring yourself and experience the ways we will be reading, writing, publishing and engaging with texts in the coming years.

Explore, ponder, read, write and imagine the future of books – then add your own ideas to the exhibition before you leave.

Featuring literary predictions from Emerging Writers’ Festival, Express Media, Freeplay, if:book Australia, Paper Radio, People Collective, SPUNC, Matt BlackWood and more, Future Bookshop imagines the brave new world of reading in a digital age.

Also at the Future Bookshop as part of Fed Square’s Light in Winter festival we have about 20 people doing a Words in Winter writing residency. Until 17 June we will be in there, writing, working, collaborating and dreaming. Our outputs will be displayed in the gallery and also online at the EWF blog.

There is plenty to play with and ponder at Future Bookshop. I’ll be there most days also. Please come and say hi!

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