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October 24, 2018

Reflections from SCRIBE at MWF18

SCRIBE is an intimate immersive art experience that collects anonymous experiences from public contributors to create a democratic document of an event, designed and led by Australian artist Leisa Shelton. It’s an opportunity to broaden your mind with what’s happening in the world right now – which is important. SCRIBE#09 was in attendance at MWF18, […]

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


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


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


  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


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 […]