Blog Author: MWF Staff

August 8, 2014

TAKE ME AWAY: WHERE I LIKE TO READ

Whether you like to read on the go, at home, in bed or poolside with a margarita in hand, reading can take you just about anywhere. Does fantasy writing help you escape the chaos of Richmond train station during peak hour? Or is a good crime novel perfected when read huddled away from Melbourne’s winter…

June 26, 2015

TELLING STORIES, CATCHING BUTTERFLIES

Jane Hone is a 2015 MWF programming intern. She completed her Honours in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne in 2012. The critical component of her thesis followed Helen Garner’s feminist trajectory from Monkey Grip to The Spare Room, and looked at how age affects power and radicalism in women. She is currently riding out…

August 31, 2016

TEXT CLASSICS

It’s difficult enough to keep up with all that’s happening in contemporary publishing, let alone figuring out what’s important and worthwhile in the Australian and New Zealand canon. That’s where Text Classics come in. These distinctive volumes focus on pulling the very best out of the back catalogue of great writing from Australia and New…

September 8, 2016

THE BEST OF #MICROREVIEW 2016

Our MicroReview project returned this year, seeing plenty of book-loving MWF followers contributing 140-word literary reviews that showed the incredible wit of our community. The best entries won a pack of special MWF 2016 Moleskine notebooks, thanks to our friends at Notemaker. Here’s a selection of highlights from the game. Thanks for playing! [<a href=”//storify.com/MelbWritersFest/microreview-2016″ target=”_blank”>View…

September 20, 2017

The Best of #MICROREVIEW 2017

Our MicroReview project returned this year, seeing plenty of book-loving MWF followers contributing 140-word literary reviews that showed the incredible wit of our community. The best entries won a pack of custom MWF 2017 Moleskine notebooks, thanks to our friends at Notemaker. Check out all the entries, including the winning reviews below: [View the story “#MicroReview…

January 31, 2018

The Best Parties in Literature

To celebrate our new series of monthly soirées, The Book of Fête, we’re sharing our favourite literary parties – ones we wish we could have attended, or ones we just want to have been able to peek through the keyhole on. Marieke Hardy, Artistic Director God, I would literally elbow a small robust crowd out…

July 17, 2015

THE BOY WHO HATED BOOKS

Nadia Wu is a freelance writer, keen reader and current MWF marketing intern. She is studying the Master of Communication at RMIT University.  For 25 years, there was nothing Alexander Wu hated more than a good book. While his two sisters inhaled novel after novel, Alex couldn’t get beyond the first few pages without becoming…

July 28, 2015

THE FACES OF MWF 2015

At Melbourne Writers Festival, we put readers first. While bringing our own literary knowledge, networks and expertise to the table, we respond to the passions and interests of Melbourne’s readers when building our events – in fact, our audience helps us create the Festival. This year, our audience played a part in designing the Festival…

August 27, 2014

THE FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH IN CYCLING

This caravan smells like gardenias. At the opening night party someone told me that this caravan would smell like gardenias. “Man, it smells GREAT in there. They must have fresh flowers in there all the time or something.” A candle burns. Someone is brewing coffee. A street performer is breakdancing to Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping” outside the…

August 12, 2015

THE HOMEWRECKER

This short story was contributed by Laura Woollett, a Perth-born, Melbourne-based author and aspiring screenwriter. Her first novel The Wood of Suicides was published in early 2014. Woollett is an MWF 30 Under 30, and will be appearing in two events, Emerging Writers and The Next Big Thing.  She comes to us fresh out of college in the September of…

August 28, 2014

THE RADIO HOUR

It would seem unlikely that words would fail at a festival for writing, yet the festival boldly went there during the full-scale non-fiction radio feature production entitled The Radio Hour . With host Jaye Kranz at the helm, writers, radio producers and musicians came together to tell stories on the theme of “When Words Fail”. Set…