Melbourne Writers Festival is committed to being accessible for all.

The information below is designed to help you plan your visit. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

What happens at a Melbourne Writers Festival event?

New to the Festival, and keen to know a bit more about how it works?

At MWF, we celebrate readers of all kinds and everyone is welcome to attend the Festival. This year we have a fantastic line-up of speakers and events with a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art.

Festival venues

MWF has made every effort to ensure events take place in accessible venues.

Every venue has a venue page on this website, which provides information on its access features, and how to get there.  You can see all of our venues by clicking here.

The Toff in Town has limited seating and plenty of standing room. Tell us if you are unable to stand and need a reserved seat when you book your tickets.

Walks events take ticketholders on a walk around the CBD.

Please tell us your access requirements when you book your tickets, or by contacting our box office on 03 9999 1199.

Getting around Fed Square

Most Festival venues are at Fed Square.

The undulating surface of Fed Square’s main plaza is made up of sandstone cobblestones, with a marked access path. Festival venues Deakin Edge, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and the MWF box office and Festival bookshop are all accessed via the Atrium, which has a smooth tiled floor.

Accessible toilets are located near the visitor information centre in the main plaza, and in the Atrium.

Please note that Fed Square are upgrading the lift between the main plaza and the atrium: it will be closed during the Festival. During this time, the Flinders St entrance to the Atrium offers the accessible point of entry to Deakin Edge, the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, the MWF box office and festival bookshop.

All Festival venues are wheelchair accessible.

To reserve a wheelchair accessible space, please tell us your requirements when you book your tickets, or by contacting our box office on 03 9999 1199.

Assisted listening

Most venues have Audio Induction Loops and/or assistive listening technology. Please refer to individual venue pages for more information.

Auslan interpretation

If you would like to request an Auslan interpreter at a Festival event, please contact us as soon as possible. You can email shona(at) with details of which sessions you would like to attend with Auslan interpretation. Please try to send your requests to us before 1 August 2017. We will reserve tickets for you while we arrange an interpreter. We will tell you that interpretation can be provided. You can then purchase your tickets.

We will provide interpretation at as many requested events as possible, prioritising the most requested events.

Companion card

MWF accepts the Companion Card. Companion Card holders may book in person at our box office, via phone on 03 9999 1199 or email to ticketing(at) A copy of your valid Companion Card is required.

For more information, visit our FAQs.

Service Animals

Trained guide, hearing and assistance dogs are welcome at all Festival venues.

Low Vision

Reserved seating is available for patrons with low vision. When buying tickets online, enter your request when prompted at the checkout, or call (03) 9999 1199 to arrange these seats.


You can download a large print version of the 2017 program by clicking here.

You can also request for it to be posted to you by emailing ticketing(at)

You can listen to the audio version of this year’s program highlights and essential information.

25 August – 3 September