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May 30, 2018

Intern Blog: Everyone Needs Literary Festivals

by Jean Yu I was once a quiet reader in bed. My Kindle in the dark was more wondrous than exploring amongst the bustling crowds of a book fair. When we read a book, we see a world in miniature – that’s why I enjoy reading. Charles Dickens and David Copperfield shall always be my favourites.…

Meet the Intern: Jean Yu

MWF program intern Jean answers the tough questions. What do you like to do when you’re not interning? I like to hang out and dine with friends, and invite friends to watch movies at home. (I got a little projection thing so…save the money!) If you could be any fictional character for a week, who…

May 28, 2018

MWF Program Manager, Jessica Alice, announced as Writers SA Director

We’re delighted that our colleague Jessica Alice will soon join Writers SA as Director. “As MWF program manager, Jessica has curated and managed vibrant, inclusive, and exciting festival programs. We wish her every success in her new role, and her continued contribution to Australia’s literary landscape,” said Shona Barrett, Melbourne Writers Festival CEO. Jessica is…

May 22, 2018

Intern Blog: Five Essential Writers for Interpreting Trump’s America

by Benjamin Clark We live in confusing times. Not least because the leader of the free world seems hell-bent on keeping us constantly confused. Each day there are more bamboozling tweets, more ‘alternative facts’, more calculated misdirection. Never has the role of writers and journalists been more vital. To distill truth and meaning in the swirling…

Meet the Intern: Benjamin

MWF marketing and development intern Benjamin answers the tough questions. What do you like to do when you’re not interning? I enjoy reading, writing, watching Netflix and patting my very excitable doggo Rusty. If you could be any fictional character for a week, who would you be? I’d be Hermione from Harry Potter. Harry gets…

May 21, 2018

Read, Write, Draw, Debate: The 2018 Schools’ Program is Now Live

Whether it’s crafting the perfect character, penning poignant hip-hop or bringing your own fantastic beasts to life, Australia’s largest literary festival for students has plenty to keep the next generation of creative talent occupied this August. Crammed full of discussion, debate, performance and practical pointers, our Schools’ Program spans over 70 sessions and more than 60 speakers including Australia’s most…

May 18, 2018

For the Love of Literature: Win a Year of Reading

There’s nothing more satisfying than a bookshelf groaning under the weight of new reads – pages filled with places to discover and characters to meet. To get you in the mood for MWF18, we’re offering one lucky lit-lover the chance to win a Year of Reading, 52 books from this year’s Festival. While we can’t reveal…

May 17, 2018

Pulitzer Prize–Winning Journalist Behind Weinstein Sexual Abuse Revelations to Join MWF18

Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist for The New Yorker, author and attorney Ronan Farrow is the first guest to be revealed for Melbourne Writers Festival 2018. Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre, Farrow will take centre stage at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre on Thursday 30 August to discuss power, abuse and facing facts with Australian journalist…

May 15, 2018

Intern Blog: Great Reads to Tug at Your Heartstrings

by Kate Scott From joy to heartache, anger and surprise, books can hit all kinds of nerves. But when looking back over my all-time favourite reads I realised they all have one thing in common, they are the rare ones that have made me cry. So what is it about sad books that people enjoy…

Meet the Intern: Kate

MWF marketing and development intern Kate answers the tough questions. What do you like to do when you’re not interning? When I’m not interning, I am studying business/arts at Monash or learning a new language! I’ve been studying French for a few years and have just taken up Mandarin. I also love food and wine…

May 8, 2018

Intern Blog: Bad Reviews and Valuing Simplicity

by Tracy Chen Rupi Kaur’s 2014 debut poetry collection, Milk and Honey is a vulnerable discussion of love, hurt and healing, touching on experiences of sexual assault and intergenerational family tensions along the way. Selling well over a million copies, it was loved for its raw format and immediate connection with many women who saw…

Meet the Intern: Tracy

MWF marketing and development intern Tracy answers the tough questions. What do you like to do when you’re not interning? I study graphic design at school and also make/perform music sometimes. Why did you decide to intern? I’m interested in learning about event development in the arts, particularly the curatorial and marketing aspects. A bit…