Blog category: Behind the Scenes

August 18, 2017

Marieke Hardy is MWF’s New Artistic Director

Melbourne Writers Festival has announced a new leadership team for MWF18 and beyond. Writer, producer and literary critic Marieke Hardy will become the festival’s Artistic Director, with Shona Barrett moving into the role of CEO. Board Chair John Myers said Marieke Hardy would build on the success of MWF Festival Director and CEO Lisa Dempster,…

July 10, 2017

Meet Our Digital Storytellers

MWF understands that the value of storytelling extends beyond the written form, and traditional platforms. For MWF 2017, we’ve engaged six exciting voices to not only report on this year’s Festival in new and innovative ways, but welcome us into the digital spaces they inhabit so well. In the lead-up to, as well as during,…

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…

February 25, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS AUDIENCE ADVOCATES

Each year MWF audiences bring the Festival to life by responding passionately to the ideas and writing at the heart of our events – through conversations online, live at our events, or in bars and restaurants afterwards. As Festival Director, I strive to weave opportunities for reflection, discussion and feedback into everything MWF does as…

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…

October 31, 2014

FINAL WORD FROM THE ATELIER

I was lucky to take part in the Atelier for Young Festival Managers which took place in Poznan, Poland last week. The aim of the Atelier is to discuss the artistic aspects of festival management, including inspiring artists, delighting and challenging audiences, political and social responsibility, internationalism and sustainability. With 41 festival directors and 4…

June 12, 2014

MWF HEARTS OSLO DAVIS

Oslo Davis draws cartoons for Melbourne’s The Age as well as a weekly cartoon called Overheard in the Sunday Age. MWF loves his illustrations and we know you do too! Oslo has long been a Festival favourite, and we are proud to provide a platform for his work alongside the 350+ Victorian writers, commentators and illustrators we feature in our…