July 2, 2020

First Artists to Join MWF Digital

Literary giant Kate Grenville, author of Hood Feminism Mikki Kendall and Wind of Change podcaster Patrick Radden Keefe will join MWF Digital. Melbourne Writers Festival today unveiled its first local and international guests, announcing highlights of the program that will run online from 7–16 August 2020. Beloved Australian author and Orange Prize-winner Kate Grenville, whose […]

June 4, 2020

Listen and Learn

Hear from authors, journalists and writers, including Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander playwright Nakkiah Lui and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, as they dissect the cultural, social and political issues surrounding race today and how writing can be used as a weapon against injustice. Recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival. Content Warning: these recordings […]

May 27, 2020

Roaring Reads That Crack Us Up

Whether you’re a giggler, snorter or deep-belly laugher, here are our recommendations for novels to lift your moods and pleat your minds with joy: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  Douglas Adams Liftoff laughs. It’s late, you’re tired, and you want a quick, fun and short read: this cult classic ticks all those boxes, under 200 […]

February 4, 2020

Meet the Programming Team

Meet the Programming team for the 2020 Melbourne Writers Festival, led by Associate Director Gene Smith and Program Manager Sonia Nair. Gene is a writer, producer and programmer, and joined the Festival in July 2018 as Program Manager before being appointed Associate Director in late 2019. Prior to moving to Melbourne, he was at Sydney […]

All You Need is Love (and the MWF Podcast)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s all about the romance genre and those who pen it. Delve into new discussions from A Day of Romance, all recorded live at the 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival. Swoon! Content warning: sessions contain discussion about sex and mature themes. Who Gets to Love? Statistics show that romance […]