January 11, 2019

Catch up on Ronan Farrow, Emily Nussbaum and Masha Gessen

Missed out on MWF18? Ahead of the launch of our official podcast (coming very soon – subscribe to our eNews to hear about it first), catch up on some favourites courtesy of the Wheeler Centre. Ronan Farrow: Power, Abuse & Facing Facts Ronan Farrow discusses the poignant stories of abuse behind his extraordinary investigative reporting […]

January 3, 2019

Reading Victoria with Maxine Beneba Clarke, Khalid Warsame and more

Reading Victoria was a 10th Anniversary project of Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office, exploring Victoria’s suburbs and towns in fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose, in celebration of Melbourne’s 10th anniversary as a UNESCO City of Literature. This recording of artists reading their stories was played at a special event for MWF18, where attendees […]

December 12, 2018

Belong’s Reading List: Aboriginal Women at MWF18

Melbourne Writers Festival is committed to creating space for First Nations voices within the Festival program. We celebrate the breadth, depth, and diversity of Aboriginal authors, poets, journalists and commentators through appearances by many talented individuals. In 2018 MWF was proud to have Belong as a cultural partner for the first time, with a strong […]

November 28, 2018

Living Overseas: Me & Melbourne Storytelling Competition Winner

Melbourne Writers Festival partnered with Study Melbourne to host Me & Melbourne, a storytelling competition for international students. ‘Living Overseas’ by Monica Ferreira Rocha from Brazil was shortlisted in the Vocational Education and Training category and was voted the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Living Overseas by Monica Ferreira Rocha When I arrived in […]

November 20, 2018

Literary Award Winners

With no shortage of amazing literary talent around at the moment, awards season has kicked off with a bang! We’ve put together this list of literary award winners over the last couple of months – which ones will you add to your TBR pile? The prestigious Melbourne Prize for Literature was awarded to Alison Lester […]

November 7, 2018

Carpe Librum: Writing and Words at MWF18

A reflection on the Festival that was by book blogger and MWF18 Digital Storyteller Tracey Allen, aka Carpe Librum. Under the creative leadership of artistic director Marieke Hardy, this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival succeeded in reinventing writers festivals as we’ve come to know them. With an evocative theme of ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, […]

November 1, 2018

Pretty for an Aboriginal at MWF18

At MWF18, in a special live recording of their podcast Pretty for an Aboriginal, Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell sat down with journalist, memoirist and comic book writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to talk about race and whether democracy is failing people of colour in the US and in Australia, and why hope is irrelevant in the […]

October 28, 2018

Best MicroPoems of MWF18

During MWF18 we asked for #MicroPoem tweets for a chance to win three Moleskine notebooks custom designed for MWF18, and you delivered! In 280 characters or less you told stories of love, optimism and change. Have a read of our favourites. MicroPoems by MWF18 Poets Winning MicroPoems Some more of our favourites

October 24, 2018

Reflections from SCRIBE at MWF18

SCRIBE is an intimate immersive art experience that collects anonymous experiences from public contributors to create a democratic document of an event, designed and led by Australian artist Leisa Shelton. It’s an opportunity to broaden your mind with what’s happening in the world right now – which is important. SCRIBE#09 was in attendance at MWF18, […]

October 22, 2018

Ellen van Neerven on Oodgeroo Noonuccal: Poetry and Place

Melbourne Writers Festival is passionate about fostering the next generation of readers through our Schools’ Program, with workshops and opportunities for students to meet Australian and international authors, artists, journalists and more. We also support teachers to share the wonderful world of reading with their students. In partnership with Reading Australia and the Copyright Agency’s […]