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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 […]

August 22, 2016

ROALD DAHL DAY AT MWF 2016

Whether you have a child, are a child or just remain a child at heart, join us on Sunday 4 September for Roald Dahl Day. With special guests Felice Arena, Jacqueline Harvey, Tristan Bancks and Gus Gordon, we’ll return to the magical, enchanted world of Roald Dahl, where animals talk, children take their sweet revenge, […]

July 3, 2015

ROALD DAHL: MY LITERARY INSPIRATION

Del Robinson has worked in publishing and bookselling roles for over 15 years and is a MWF programming intern this year. Additionally she works as a consultant at a children’s specialist bookshop. She is extremely passionate about connecting children with stories and books. I don’t really remember life before books, or what inspired me to read. […]

June 5, 2018

Rob McDonald and Toni Jordan: Writing Your Way Up

Mentors play an invaluable role for many emerging writers, a source of inspiration, accountability, and much-needed emotional support. Here, emerging novelist whose unpublished manuscript, The Nancys, was highly commended in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Rob McDonald, and award-winning novelist whose books include the international bestseller Addition and Our Tiny, Useless Hearts, Toni Jordan, discuss the writing […]

August 20, 2015

SAVE THE CHILDREN: THE FESTIVAL QUESTION

Tim Norton is the Campaigns Manager for Save the Children Australia, managing public policy and community engagement campaigns to uphold children’s rights in Australia and around the world. Previously Tim has worked for Oxfam Australia and Greens Senator Rachel Siewert. What can – and should – we do to help children living with the consequences […]

August 24, 2014

SELFIE CULTURE: THE MIRROR STAGE

Midway through Selfie Culture, Anne Manne relates this anecdote: Lena Dunham’s father asks, why would you put something you eat on Instagram? And Lena Dunham comes back with, why would you eat something unless you put it on Instagram? It is by now very old news that “selfie” was Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 Word of the […]

SHY: A CHAT WITH SIAN PRIOR

Sian Prior is no stranger to the public eye. As a journalist, broadcaster, teacher, musician and now memoirist she’s been getting up in front of people to share her work for years. What makes this even more remarkable is that every time she does it, she’s winning a battle with excruciating shyness. In her memoir Shy, […]