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  • Various Footscray, VIC Australia (map)

Have an intimate conversation with a local identity at a popular Footscray venue.

Chat to your selected conversationist about their field of interest, find out their back story, or delve into things of a philosophical nature.  

Want to bring a friend along? No problem! Only one ticket is required per session.


Korik & Darvey
Inspirational young adults taking on the world

Footscray Library
12pm - 2pm

Korik Bestrin is a student of Global Studies at Monash University with a passion for history. He recently had the opportunity to partake in the International Congress of Youth Voices in San Francisco, where he connected with various established activists and empowering young leaders. When not studying or talking about history, Korik enjoys reading, watching and discussing books, films and video games. He is an avid reader of science fiction and a dedicated Star Trek fan. However, Korik is open to new content and is eager to hear what resonates with you. As someone who has lived in the western suburbs of Melbourne all his life and born to Chilean parents, Korik is at home in the multicultural environment of Footscray.  

Darvey To is an aspiring young writer that spends most of her time daydreaming and the rest of it trying to survive reality. Currently studying Creative Writing at RMIT, she plans to improve her writing in order to become a New York Times best seller. Her experience at the International Congress of Youth Voices in San Francisco this year has opened many doors for her. In the mean time, Darvey LOVES to talk - specifically about Harry Potter, pop culture and books. But chat to her about anything, just make sure you don’t tell her that you haven’t watched/read the Harry Potter franchise. Having lived in the Footscray area for majority of her life, Darvey is proud to be part of a multicultural environment - being Vietnamese-Australian is something that she carries with dignity.


Heesco Khosnaran
Renowned street artist

Pride of Our Footscray bar
2:00 - 4:00pm

Heesco is a celebrated muralist and fine artist recognised for his stylistically diverse and prolific work. Born and raised in Mongolia, Heesco moved to Australia in 1999. With a lengthy resume spanning close to two decades of gallery exhibitions, private and public mural commissions, numerous publications and high profile projects, Heesco is a highly skilled craftsman with a unique concept driven vision all of his own.

Some of Heesco’s recent high profile projects include work for the Australia-wide ad campaign for Visit Victoria, a silo art project in Weethalle, NSW which was released as a special edition stamp by Australia Post earlier this year; a collaborative community mural projects in Yirrkala and Nhulunbuy in Arnhem Land; and organising and coordinating murals for the United Nations in Mongolia.


Akuol Garang
Sudanese-Australian storyteller
Addis Abeba
2:00 - 4:00pm

Akuol is a speaker and a storyteller, has had her work featured by the broadcaster SBS, in ANZ bluenotes and Voices for Freedom. She is currently studying a Masters of Human Rights Law at Monash University. Akuol is also a registered Migration Agent, working and volunteering to support migrants and refugees in Australia. She is passionate about building and mobilising communities, and advocating for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. She uses her lived experiences to highlight the positive contributions that people from refugee backgrounds bring to the Australian community.

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Anna Krien
Author of Night Games

Sloth Bar
3:00 - 5:00pm

Anna Krien is the author of Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport, Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests and Quarterly Essay 45 Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals and Quarterly Essay 67 The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia’s Climate Deadlock. Her work has been published in the Monthly, the Age, the Big Issue, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review and frankie. In 2014 she won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award in the UK.


Enza Gandolfo
Author of The Bridge

Littlefoot Bar
4:00 - 6:00pm

Enza Gandolfo is a Melbourne writer and the author of two novels, The Bridge (Scribe 2018) and novel, Swimming (Vanark Press 2009) which was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award. She is also the co-author of several non-fiction books including: Inventory: On Op Shops with Sue Dodd and It Keeps Me Sane: Women Craft Wellbeing with Marty Grace. Her short stories, essays, autobiographical pieces, reviews and articles have been published in a range of literary journals, magazines and newspapers.

Enza is interested in the power of stories to create understanding and empathy, with a particular focus on feminist and political fiction. She is an honorary professor in creative writing at Victoria University.


Michael Smith
Owner of the Sun Theatre
Maddern Square
4:30 - 6:30pm

Please note this Local Conversation is now cancelled.

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Later Event: November 17
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