Melbourne Writers Festival is committed to ensuring that everyone can enjoy the programs we offer. We work hard to remove barriers and increase access to our live and digital events.

All events at MWF have unallocated seating. To book accessible seats, request Auslan interpretation at an event or notify us of any access requirements, please email boxoffice@mwf.com.au or call (03) 9094 7862.

Please see our plain text Program Guide.

Auslan interpreted events

Opening Night: Where Do I Begin?
Dark Emu and The Art of Time Travel
John Safran: Puff Piece
Lisa Millar: Daring to Fly
Personal Truths
Helen Garner’s Reasonable Doubts
Jock Zonfrillo: Last Shot
Julia Baird and Trent Dalton: On Wonder
Secrets, Spies and Whistleblowers
John Doyle: The Early Life of Rampaging Roy Slaven
My Name is Grace Tame
The Cost of Concealment
New Beginnings
But You Don’t Look Sick
Other Ways the World Could Be
Changing the Story
What We Become
Closing Night: Tell Me How It Ends

Subject to change.

Community tickets for First Peoples

Please let us know if you would like to attend MWF by emailing boxoffice@mwf.com.au

Companion Card

MWF offers a second ticket to paid events at no extra cost to Companion Card holders at the time of booking. Proof of concession is required.

Digital events

Returning for its second year, MWF Digital will present ten conversations with some of the world’s best writers that can be accessed on demand from anywhere in the world. All digital events will be open captioned.

To ensure everyone can access MWF online, our short documentary Writers on Film and digital storytime series in partnership with Story Box Library will also be captioned.

National Relay Service

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have difficulty speaking, contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or via relayservice.com.au, then ask for (03) 9094 7871 during business hours. There is no additional charge for this service.

Venue access

MWF will be in the city, the suburbs, the regions and your home. All MWF venues are accessible. Find out more about building access for each venue here.

Vision Australia Radio

We are proud to partner with Vision Australia Radio, who will provide an audio accessible program guide and feature interviews and programs with some of our authors. Learn more at radio.visionaustralia.org

In a free event at MWF, Vision Australia opens its doors for an engaging panel discussion about alternative reading formats, a tour of its radio studio, and hands-on experience with literacy kits from their children’s library, braille and accessible devices. Learn more.


Look out for our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers at this year’s Festival. Volunteers will be present at most venues to help visitors access their events safely.