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May 21, 2018

Read, Write, Draw, Debate: The 2018 Schools’ Program is Now Live

Whether it’s crafting the perfect character, penning poignant hip-hop or bringing your own fantastic beasts to life, Australia’s largest literary festival for students has plenty to keep the next generation of creative talent occupied this August. Crammed full of discussion, debate, performance and practical pointers, our Schools’ Program spans over 70 sessions and more than 60 speakers including Australia’s most […]

May 28, 2015

READERS & THE FEDERAL BUDGET

In March this year, a report into Australia’s cultural life identified that reading is the most popular way the arts is consumed in this country. In 2013, 87% of Australians read some form of literature; half of us read weekly. In the latest Federal budget, Arts Minister George Brandis proposes funding cuts to the Australia […]

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 […]

August 25, 2015

RECREATING THE BEGINNING OF TIME

Dr Katie Mack is a theoretical cosmologist. Her work focuses on finding new ways to learn about the early universe and fundamental physics using astronomical observations, probing the building blocks of nature by examining the cosmos on the largest scales. She is appearing alongside Nobel Prize winner Brian Schmidt in MWF session Aussie Astrophysics on […]

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, […]

August 28, 2014

REVIEW: MICROFICTIONS

We start Microfictions with a reading. All the best events start with a reading. At this one, Oliver Mol reads “I Bet You’re Wondering How Everything Fits Together, Like, I Bet You Think About That A Lot” from his iPhone over a video of dry, straight outback roads. It’s weird and honest and immediate and also kind […]

August 25, 2014

REVIEW: TALKING POINTS FOR KIDS

I was eight years old when I first grappled with the idea of an infinite universe. With terrible dizziness, I tried to imagine the cold emptiness beyond the stars that stretched forever and ever and ever. Digging in to moments of wonder is part of being an engaged human being. Michael Parker, passionate educator and […]

August 5, 2014

REVIEWER FOR A DAY

I am a lover of blogs, I admit. I love the fact that all over the world authors, artists, photographers, poets, anyone really with a creative-bent and access to a computer, is able to offer their thoughts on things happening around them, in both the broadest context and the most personal. I enjoy the immediacy, […]

July 30, 2015

REVIEWER FOR A DAY

Contributed by the Victoria University Professional and Creative Writing team A year ago to the day(ish) Victoria University and the Melbourne Writers Festival launched the Reviewer for a Day program at MWF. The response was instantaneous and enormous. Places were limited and they filled fast meaning that many potential reviewers missed out. And what did […]

September 4, 2014

REVIEWING REVIEWER FOR A DAY

This is a review of a whole lot of reviews, so in a sense it’s a ‘meta review’ – George Brandis take note. By a whole lot of reviews I mean 43 to be exact, written by 36 authors, each covering a different event in this year’s MWF. That’s 36 different writers, with 36 very […]

August 24, 2015

REVIEWING VOICING RACE: A GUIDE IN THREE PARTS

Melbourne Writers Festival has teamed up with Victoria University once again for the Reviewer for a Day program. Over the next few weeks, we will be republishing a selected few on our own blog. For more reviews and wrap ups of some of the sessions so far please visit the Reviewer for a Day page. […]

August 12, 2016

RICHARD FLANAGAN AT MWF 2016

Richard Flanagan is one of Australia’s most highly decorated and beloved writers, with fans both overseas and at home in Australia. We’re thrilled to have him as part of this year’s program. Flanagan’s most celebrated works are his six novels, but his catalogue also includes nonfiction, journalism and film credits. His immensely popular novel, The […]