Blog Author: MWF Staff

June 2, 2014

WILL KOSTAKIS: WRITING IDENTITY

There’s more than one kind of Australian. We are a nation of different cultural heritages, languages, beliefs and families constantly colliding with one another, but consuming local media, you wouldn’t know it. If an Indian family bought the house down the street, you wouldn’t bat an eyelid. In 2011, the Kapoor family moving to Ramsey…

August 28, 2014

WORDS AND WAR: BLACK DIGGERS

Words and War: Black Diggers was a gravely significant session for me, on an emotional, cultural, and intellectual level. Bruce Gates hosted the session, and was a lovely choice, considering his background as an historian. The forum was not only paying homage to the Indigenous diggers who had fought in world wars and not been given…

April 23, 2015

WORDS CAN MAKE US A “MEMBER” OF ANYTHING

Louris van de Geer is a playwright based in Melbourne. Her most recent work, Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting For You, premiered at the 2014 Next Wave Festival in partnership with ACMI. Louris van de Geer is currently studying a Masters of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts and is one…

April 30, 2015

WRITING CAN BE A LONELY STRUGGLE

Alexandra Neill is a writer, arts administrator and blogger based in Melbourne. Currently she is a co-director at the National Young Writers Festival, project officer for the ABC’s Heywire program and coordinator of The Signal Express. Alexandra Neill is one of MWF’s 30 Under 30. Find her online at alexandraneill.com and @paper_bag_girl. Growing up in…

August 28, 2014

WRITING CHINA: TEA WITH LINDA JAIVIN

Linda Jaivin’s personality bounces off the walls even before she speaks, with her impish smile and signature red hair. When she speaks, her passion for China is apparent. The internationally published author of eight books, her work includes six works of fiction, a collection of essays called Confessions of an S&M Virgin and a China memoir, The…

October 3, 2017

YA & Activism: Angie Thomas at MWF17

By Rebecca Gough Angie Thomas delivered the first YA keynote talk ever at Melbourne Writers Festival and she made our hearts sing. “Today I’m here to beg you to change the world.” Angie Thomas Her passionate statement was that as writers, changing the world is possible – we have the power to do it. Her debut young…

August 10, 2015

YOUNG & TALENTED: 7 FESTIVAL PICKS

Alexandra Neill shares her picks of the Festival with us. Neill is a co-director at the National Young Writers’ Festival. She’s also a freelance writer and blogger and is one of the MWF 30 Under 30.  The thing I’m most excited about in this year’s MWF program is the sheer concentration of young people. I’ll admit –…

September 8, 2016

YOUR FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN BOOKS

Over the 10 days of MWF 2016, we ran an Instagram competition with our friends at Text Publishing. The prize? All 100 Text Classics – not too shabby, eh? We asked our followers to post a photo of or with their favourite Australian book, and received dozens of entries, with eager bookworms shouting out to varied titles including Looking…

July 24, 2015

YOUR GUIDE TO THE 2015 PROGRAM, WITH LISA DEMPSTER

Melbourne Writers Festival is for everyone who reads. This year more than ever, it’s a program that responds to the people and places of Melbourne. Via our Digital Suggestion Box, Audience Advocates committee and many, many social media conversations, you told us who you wanted to see at the festival. And we have delivered, with…