2013 Melbourne Writers Festival

Over 11 days and nights, the Festival staged 382 thought-provoking, inspirational events to an audience of 54,356. In 2013 almost…

Over 11 days and nights, the Festival staged 382 thought-provoking, inspirational events to an audience of 54,356.

In 2013 almost 55,000 curious audience members attended Melbourne Writers Festival to experience the art, talent and ideas of over 500 writers from Australia and around the world. More than 15,000 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 Laurent Binet, Teju Cole, Junot Díaz, Tavi Gevinson, MJ Hyland, Boris Johnson, The Moth, Tao Lin, Bike Snob NYC, Andrew O’Hagan, Simon Reynolds, Jacqueline Rose, Colm Tóibín and Marina Warner.

Some of our most popular events

Opening Night – Boris Johnson The Moth Mainstage Tavi’s World – Tavi Gevinson Big Ideas: Tradition Versus Development – Natasha…

Opening Night – Boris Johnson The Moth Mainstage Tavi’s World – Tavi Gevinson Big Ideas: Tradition Versus Development – Natasha Mitchell, Butet Manurung, Simon Musgrave, Abel Guterres & Steve Pollard Stories From A War – Morris Gleitzman & Deborah Ellis In Conversation – Colm Tóibín & Michael McGirr The 39 Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths Closing Night: Stranger Magic – Marina Warner In Conversation – Junot Díaz & Jennifer Byrne

What our audience loved

“I left feeling enthusiastic, inspired, encouraged and generally buoyed. I still feel that way. It was a great experience.” “For…

“I left feeling enthusiastic, inspired, encouraged and generally buoyed. I still feel that way. It was a great experience.”

“For me the free events were fabulous opportunities to discover new authors, new books and new ideas. My overall highlight was The London Review of Books team, I expected Colm Toibin to be amazing but discovered Jacqueline Rose and Andrew O’Hagan’s writings and I am now 100% sold. Thanks for bringing them to Melbourne.”

“The celebration of all things writing and the encouragement and support of meeting like-minded people, plus the professional development courses were outstanding!”

“It felt very ‘Melbourne’ – thought-provoking, exciting and clever. I felt proud to be living in a city with such a great creative culture. It was a very inclusive environment. Really well done!”