February 26, 2024

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December 21, 2023

Summer reading guide

The time for whiling away summer nights with a book in hand is upon us, so here’s our picks for just what that book should be. From the fantastical and the poetic, to literary favourites and compulsive reads, we hope you enjoy this selection of books the Melbourne Writers Festival team recommend diving into on […]

December 12, 2023

Podcast: My Name Is Grace Tame

Listen to former Australian of the Year Grace Tame as she talks about The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner, her sharply intelligent, deeply felt and at times blisteringly funny memoir that shares her story – in her own words and on her own terms. In conversation with Abigail Ulman, Tame talks about the hard-won journey […]

December 7, 2023

Fiona Menzies Appointed Interim CEO of Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival is pleased to announce that Fiona Menzies has been appointed as Interim CEO of Melbourne Writers Festival.   “Melbourne Writers Festival is delighted to have Fiona Menzies join us as CEO for the 2024 festival,” said Alice Hill, Chair of Melbourne Writers Festival. “MWF will benefit from her wealth of experience across philanthropy, […]

December 1, 2023

Book giveaway!

Subscribe to the MWF eNewsletter for your chance to win a bundle of six books! (Just in time for holiday reading.) Your bundle will include:    – Gunflower, Laura Jean McKay    – Plants: Past, Present and Future, Zena Cumpston, Michael-Shawn Fletcher and Lesley Head    – Everyone on this Train is a Suspect, Benjamin […]

November 29, 2023

Podcast: The John Button Oration: The Great American Lie

A world-renowned expert in American literature and culture, Sarah Churchwell (The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Lies America Tells) delivers the 2023 John Button Oration. Examining one of the most popular stories of all time, Gone with the Wind, Churchwell shows how histories of mythmaking have informed America’s racial and gender […]

November 10, 2023

Podcast: Shehan Karunatilaka: The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka won the 2022 Booker Prize for his dazzling magic-realist satire The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. Set during his homeland’s long civil war, the story follows its title character, a self-described photographer, gambler and ‘closet queen’, who wakes up as a ghost with a week to discover who killed him. […]

November 8, 2023

Vivia Hickman resigns as CEO of Melbourne Writers Festival

Vivia Hickman has resigned as CEO of Melbourne Writers Festival after two spectacular years in the role.   “The Melbourne Writers Festival is the jewel in the crown of Melbourne’s literary landscape and it has been an enormous privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to its transformation as it emerged from the very difficult pandemic […]

October 10, 2023

Podcast: Queering the Canon

Which stories made you ‘different’? What makes writing queer? And what books brought about a break up with the gender binary? Join a stellar group of queer writers as they share heartfelt (and hilarious) insights into the stories that shaped how they think and write about sexuality and gender, from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings to Adrienne Rich’s The Dream […]

October 4, 2023

Podcast: Plants: Past, Present and Future

“If we don’t learn to relate to each other, we’ll continue to destroy the earth.” – Bruce Pascoe   For millennia, reciprocal relationships with plants have provided both sustenance to First Nations communities and many of the materials needed to produce a complex array of technologies. In this wide-ranging discussion, learn more about this fascinating […]

September 19, 2023

Podcast: Writers on Writers: Readers of Australian Literature

The 2023 Boisbouvier Conversation What is literature for?  The Writers on Writers series has become an indispensable fixture in the literary calendar, with leading authors penning their reflections on Australian writers who have inspired and influenced them. One of the most loved and talked about sessions of the 2023 festival, enjoy this discussion about what […]

MWF partners with Geelong Grammar School

This year, Melbourne Writers Festival embarked on an exciting new partnership with Geelong Grammar School (GGS). As part of the partnership, acclaimed writer Nina Wan (The Albatross) attended GGS’s Corio Campus in May to speak directly to students about forging a career as a writer and to introduce the theme for the school’s annual literary […]