Blog Author: MWF Staff

November 30, 2016

6 WRITERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016

Australia’s best writers – shortlistees and winners of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards – share their favourite books of the year. Karen Lamb, joint winner in Non-Fiction for Thea Astley: Inventing her Own Weather My book choice for 2016 is the just released book Little Fish Are Sweet by Matthew Condon. It takes me back to…

May 14, 2015

A WEEKEND AT THE JONESTOWN INSTITUTE

Laura Woollett is a Perth-born, Melbourne-based author and aspiring screenwriter. Her first novel The Wood of Suicides was published in early 2014 and she was the winner of the 2014 John Marsden/ Hachette Prize for Fiction. She is currently working on a novel and TV pilot entitled Beautiful Revolutionary about a young couple who enter…

December 16, 2015

AN AUDIENCE ADVOCATE’S PERSPECTIVE

Literature at the heart of city’s pulse MWF celebrates the exchange of ideas, the capacity for human ingenuity and imagination, as well as building a broad, inclusive literary community in the World’s Most Liveable City Led by the zealous literary guru and organiser-in-chief Lisa Dempster, this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival had a distinctly grassroots flavour…

September 13, 2016

AN AUDIENCE ADVOCATE’S PERSPECTIVE: 2016

Guest post by Sean Fallon When I spoke to people who were loving Melbourne Writers Festival, I couldn’t help but say, “I was an Audience Advocate for this year’s Festival.” And they would look at me with wide eyes and say, “What’s that?” The Audience Advocates are a group of 12 literary-minded individuals brought together…

September 10, 2015

AN EXTREMIST FAN GIRL’S TAKE ON AUSSIE BESTSELLERS

Melbourne Writers Festival has teamed up with Victoria University once again for the Reviewer for a Day program. Discover more MWF15 reviews on the VU Blog. This is Sarah Halfpenny’s review of Aussie Bestsellers, edited by Vanessa Wiltshire. Halfpenny has a name that sounds like it’s straight out of a Bond movie (but is really annoying to spell…

July 28, 2015

APPLY NOW: REVIEWER FOR A DAY

I am a big fan of blogging as a platform for creativity and communication – in fact, across three years as MWF Director I have brought some of the world’s best international bloggers to Melbourne to take part in the fun of the festival, including Bike Snob NYC, Tavi Gevinson, Brain Pickings and, this year,…

February 5, 2015

ARE YOU OUR NEXT STAR INTERN?

  At MWF, interns play a vital role in delivering the Festival and become true members of our Festival family. We love having interns as part of our team and do our best to provide a meaningful (and memorable) experience for them. Here’s what a few of last year’s interns said about their experience at…

September 8, 2016

BEHIND EVERY GREAT WRITER…

Guest post from Editors Victoria Behind every great writer is a great editor. Or two. Sometimes even three! Did you know that manuscripts can pass through the hands of several editors? On its way to being published, a book can be worked on by a commissioning editor, developmental editor, structural editor, copy editor and, just…

August 5, 2016

BIG IDEAS AT MWF 2016

Big issues and challenging ideas abound in the news. It can be overwhelming, but MWF provides a great opportunity to unpack these ideas with trusted and admired thinkers. Public discussions can help provide perspective and context by bringing together varying viewpoints and helping you see arguments in a different light. With the help of The…

February 16, 2016

BLAK & BRIGHT

This weekend sees the debut of Blak & Bright, Victoria’s first Indigenous Literary Festival. Across three days Blak & Bright will present a wealth of wonderful events for readers who are curious about discovering great books and stories by Indigenous writers. With over 50 writers and 20 sessions – which are mostly free or low-cost –…