2012 Melbourne Writers Festival

Over 11 days and nights, the Festival staged 360 thought-provoking, inspirational events to an audience of 53,225. In 2012 over…

Over 11 days and nights, the Festival staged 360 thought-provoking, inspirational events to an audience of 53,225.

In 2012 over 53,000 curious audience members attended Melbourne Writers Festival to experience the art, talent and ideas of over 400 writers from Australia and around the world. More than 14,000 students participated in our Schools’ Program.

The Festival unfolded from our Hub at Fed Square, and in some of Melbourne’s most interesting venues, with guests including Simon Callow, The New Yorker, Germaine Greer, Jackie French, Morris Gleitzman, Martha Nussbaum, Richard Holloway, Benjamin Law, Majak Daw, Robert Dessaix and John Boyne.

Some of our most popular events

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World – Simon Callow An Evening with The New Yorker – Henry…

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World – Simon Callow

An Evening with The New Yorker – Henry Finder, Roz Chast, Peter Schjeldahl, David Grann & Sasha Frere-Jones

Speaking Australian – Germaine Greer

Stories from Life – Jackie French & Morris Gleitzman

Contemporary Ethics – Martha Nussbaum, Richard Holloway & Steven Romei

The Second World War – Antony Beevor

Tales from Many Lands: Migration Stories – Majak Daw, Linda Sue Park, Neil Grant

Darkness and Light – John Boyne and Morris Gleitzman

Friday Night Live – Libbi Gorr, Mark Watson, Margaret Wertheim, Lawrence Leung and Germaine Greer

The Time of Our Lives – Robert Dessaix

What our audience loved

“The diversity of writers and other guests was to be admired, as well as the ease with ticketing and attending…

“The diversity of writers and other guests was to be admired, as well as the ease with ticketing and attending events themselves. There were no rushes, long queues or uncomfortable moments, just ease and immersion in the arts.”

“How interesting people can be and how intellectually challenging their ideas – loved it…walked away from most of the talks feeling incredibly motivated.”

“Other than the events themselves, the app was totally brilliantfor managing tickets, last minute booking and paperless entry.”

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the MWF. It was great to be in an environment where debate, informed discussion and learning are revered, and it was wonderful to see such a diverse audience come together.”