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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 remains a genre for – and populated by – those who are white, straight and able-bodied. Authors Daniel de Lorne and Maria Lewis, and sex columnist Maureen Matthews, discuss this lack of diversity. With Kate Cuthbert.

A Swelling in his Loins

Engorged flesh is the beating pulse of many romance novels and it says a lot about the genre: the culmination of desire, virile masculinity, the creative euphemisms. Romance writers Clare Connelly, Daniel de Lorne, Leisl Leighton, and Maria Lewis unpack its role.

Unpicking Classic Romances

What’s up with Mr Darcy? What a mansplainer. And don’t get us started on Romeo. Armed with a contemporary lens, authors Clare Connelly, Anne Gracie, and Toni Jordan inspect how the classics may not hold up to today’s standards. With The Guardian’s Calla Wahlquist.

On Sex and Romance

Consent, coercion, protection. Authors must navigate these issues when writing those steamy chapters. Angelita Biscotti, Maria Lewis and Melanie Milburne explore the responsibility writers have when writing about sex. With Kate Cuthbert.


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Image: Alexis Desaulniers-Lea