Blog Author: MWF Staff

August 15, 2014

THEN AND NOW: YA BOOKS WE LOVED (AND STILL LOVE)

These days, Young Adult titles are not always just for teenagers (In fact, 55% of YA titles are bought by adults). Here are some of the MWF team’s favourite books they read as teenagers that they still love today. On Fortune’s Wheel by Cynthia Voigt As a teen I loved On Fortune’s Wheel by Cynthia…

May 26, 2014

THOUGHT FOR FOOD

Food: one of Melbourne’s many creative obsessions. Making it, eating it, and certainly writing about it. I’m thrilled to be on Emerging Writers’ Festival’s ‘Thought for Food’ panel, coming up on Wednesday 28 May. The panel will bring together four Melbourne food writers who have defined their niche in the expansive blogosphere and learned the art…

August 28, 2015

TOP 20 MICROREVIEWS

If you had to summarise an entire book in 140 characters or less, what would you say? Over the Festival, we have asked you tweet us your best #MicroReview to win an exclusive MWF15 Moleskine notebook prize pack. There were so many clever, creative and downright hilarious reviews that we decided to share some of our favourites…

August 18, 2015

TOP 5 PICKS: CHILDREN & TEENS

Del Robinson has worked in publishing and bookselling roles for over 15 years and is a MWF15 programming intern. Additionally she works as a consultant at a children’s specialist bookshop. She is extremely passionate about connecting children with stories and books. There are lots of reasons why I’m excited about the Children and Teen sessions at…

August 6, 2015

TRANSLATING WOMEN’S VOICES IN INDIA

Urvashi Butalia is a feminist writer, publisher and founder of Zubaan Books. India has over 20 different languages, so for Indians translation is really an act of daily negotiation. Delhi, the city where I live, has many enclaves where people of the same linguistic group have gathered together. Often when you go into these places…

July 1, 2014

WANTED: DIGITAL REPORTERS

Melbourne Writers Festival together with the Emerging Writers’ Festival is on the lookout for four Digital Reporters to become the voice of MWF across the Festival. Digital Reporters will be given inside access to MWF with exclusive invitations to MWF events and parties, professional development support from the Emerging Writers’ Festival and a small stipend.…

November 25, 2015

WEST WRITERS OUR STORIES FORUM

Hiroki Kobayashi is Multicultural Program Coordinator at Melbourne Writers Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival. As I sit here in my second week as Multicultural Program Coordinator at Melbourne Writers Festival, it was perfect timing that I was able to attend the West Writers Our Stories Forum at Footscray Community Arts Centre to meet, engage and…

July 28, 2016

WESTSIDE WORDS AT MWF 2016

How about a weekend that features transformation, fighting sexism, ghost signs, working for change, travel, womanhood and a psychogeographic walk? Westside Words is a series of activities and events in Footscray that will inspire readers and writers of all backgrounds, exploring these topics and more. Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) and its 40-year history as…

August 21, 2017

What is the PEN Empty Chair?

Truth-telling is a dangerous business. Each year, many writers around the world are unjustly detained, imprisoned, tortured, forced into exile and in other ways silenced, in order to hide or ignore the issues that they bring to light. In 2016, PEN International’s worldwide case list included over 1000 writers: journalists, bloggers, poets, songwriters, novelists, playwrights. Since the…

September 11, 2017

WhatWillYouLeaveBehind.com

By Magenta Sheridan After coming in from the cold of Federation Square I was ushered into the dark quiet of ACMI Cinema 1 for my second Melbourne Writers Festival session of the day: ‘Death in the Digital Age’. Radio broadcaster Vanessa Toholka was to lead discussion between Elizabeth Tan, author of the puzzling but brilliant…

July 11, 2014

WHEN READER MEETS WRITER

We often feel a certain closeness to an author having spent so much time with our heads in their books. As the reader, we gain an intimate access into their world through the words on the pages. But when the unique opportunity comes around to meet one of your literary idols, boy can it be rewarding! Here…

July 23, 2014

WHY FOOD, WINE & TRAVEL?

We ask Yasmeen Richards, Artist Liaison & Program Coordinator at MWF and author of the blog Wandering Spice, about how she came about curating the new Food, Wine & Travel stream for #MWF14. Why food & wine programming? Melbourne Writers Festival does literary and current events so beautifully, so it was a natural move to expand…