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July 28, 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


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


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 […]

July 12, 2019

The Museum of Broken Relationships

We are thrilled to be bringing Croatia’s world-famous Museum of Broken Relationships to Australia for the very first time. The collection of anonymously donated objects of heartbreak and love lost will be exhibited within the Festival precinct throughout the month of September, after the museum’s originators, Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, carefully curate a Melbourne-specific show. The Museum of […]

January 18, 2019

The MWF Podcast is Here! January Round-Up

Missed out on a session at MWF18? Want to relive a favourite moment? Or just looking for something that isn’t true crime? Rejoice – the MWF Podcast is here for your listening pleasure. We’ll share new recordings every month, and first up we have: Ta-Nehisi Coates: Writing Yourself Into History American author and journalist Ta-Nehisi […]

August 20, 2018

The Power of Resistance at MWF18

At MWF, we are proud to bring together a diverse range of voices to discuss the issues that affect us all. Browse through some of our standout sessions that celebrate the power of resistance and showcase the myriad voices that form part of the Festival. West Writers: In Parallel Universe: Sharing stories from Melbourne’s west, […]

August 28, 2014


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 […]

April 10, 2015


I gave a guest lecture at Melbourne University recently on the magazine industry, to a class of prospective publishing students. I don’t like harping on about the slow death of print media, because frankly, I don’t believe it’s dying. I wanted to give a positive lecture; pass on the many rewards of working in magazines, […]

August 17, 2015


Veronica Sullivan is Prize Manager of the Stella Prize and Online Editor of Kill Your Darlings. She is one of MWF’s 30 Under 30. Sullivan talks to MWF about the Stella Prize Reviewing Masterclasses.  The 2014 Stella Count was released last week, and is the most comprehensive overview of Australian reviewing to date. Now in […]

August 31, 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Your First Melbourne Writers Festival

By Dipanjali Rao 374 presenters. 300 events, of which nearly a quarter are free. From science to politics, feminism to colonialism, technology to Harry Potter, there’s something for you at the Melbourne Writers Festival in 2017. Interact, ask a question and join the conversation. Or if you’d rather, you can just sit back, relax and listen […]

August 10, 2018

Theatre and Performance

From a church service to the childhood self to a passionate defence of all things reptilian, MWF is following the evolution of the written word to a world of performance.