2015 Melbourne Writers Festival

Our 30th anniversary Festival in 2015 was our biggest yet with over 580 events, including readings, exhibitions, walks, thinking and…

Our 30th anniversary Festival in 2015 was our biggest yet with over 580 events, including readings, exhibitions, walks, thinking and drinking, and inspiring discussions in locations ranging from an Airstream caravan to restaurants, libraries and auditoriums.

We welcomed 569 artists from across Australia and as far and wide as Belgium, Canada, China, England, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Vietnam, the US and Wales.

Our audience of over 60,000 attendees embraced the program with open arms, with crowds descending on our Festival Hub at Fed Square and joining us in venues across Melbourne, regional Victoria and online – all coming together to celebrate reading, writing and ideas.

Some of our most popular events

Opening Night – Louis de Bernières Veronica Mars to iZombie – Rob Thomas Wives & Mothers – Annabel Crabb & Kate Grenville Homeland – Gideon…

Opening Night – Louis de Bernières

Veronica Mars to iZombie – Rob Thomas

Wives & Mothers – Annabel Crabb & Kate Grenville

Homeland – Gideon Raff

The Moth: True Stories Told Live

3RRR Breakfasters Live

The Twilight of Democracy – Tariq Ali

Coetzee, Kennedy, Malouf: Three Stories

On Reading – Eleanor Catton

Teen Scientist Breaks Through – Jack Andraka

An Audience with Naomi Klein

Shame Culture – Jon Ronson

The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters

Learning Addiction – Marc Lewis

Capitalism & the Climate – Naomi Klein

Closing Night – Will Self

What our audience thought

“I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions I attended and you should all be really proud – it’s a terrific Festival.” “A…

“I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions I attended and you should all be really proud – it’s a terrific Festival.”

“A fantastic program. Deakin Edge was the perfect venue. Students were really inspired and really enjoyed the event.”

“Hats off and waved high in the air for @lisadempster and her incredible @MelbWritersFest team and volunteers for a most excellent #MWF15” – @_esther via Twitter

“Have loved every event at @MelbWritersFest! Thank you @lisadempster @jocaseau + team + volunteers! #mwf15” – ‏@catspyjamasnz via Twitter

“Well, that was a very fun and interesting #mwf15. Starting with Mark Latham and finishing with Will Self certainly feels like a journey” – ‏@stephendevice via Twitter

“Feeling bereft since arriving home from #mwf15 last night. Already counting down the days to #mwf16 – only 353 sleeps to go!” – ‏@MrPRPlover via Twitter