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November 20, 2018

Literary Award Winners

With no shortage of amazing literary talent around at the moment, awards season has kicked off with a bang! We’ve put together this list of literary award winners over the last couple of months – which ones will you add to your TBR pile? The prestigious Melbourne Prize for Literature was awarded to Alison Lester […]

October 22, 2018

Ellen van Neerven on Oodgeroo Noonuccal: Poetry and Place

Melbourne Writers Festival is passionate about fostering the next generation of readers through our Schools’ Program, with workshops and opportunities for students to meet Australian and international authors, artists, journalists and more. We also support teachers to share the wonderful world of reading with their students. In partnership with Reading Australia and the Copyright Agency’s […]

Amy Gray on Cate Kennedy: ‘Dark Roots’ and the Power of the Short Story

Melbourne Writers Festival is passionate about fostering the next generation of readers through our Schools’ Program, with workshops and opportunities for students to meet Australian and international authors, artists, journalists and more. We also support teachers to share the wonderful world of reading with their students. In partnership with Reading Australia and the Copyright Agency’s […]

September 10, 2018

Bestselling Books of MWF18

So you bought a book (or five) from the Readings Festival Bookshop. How does your haul compare to the top 25 bestselling books of the Festival? Discover what you need to add to your reading list immediately thanks to our Official Bookseller, Readings. The top 25 bestselling books from MWF18 1. No Friend But the […]

May 18, 2018

For the Love of Literature: Win a Year of Reading

There’s nothing more satisfying than a bookshelf groaning under the weight of new reads – pages filled with places to discover and characters to meet. To get you in the mood for MWF18, we’re offering one lucky lit-lover the chance to win a Year of Reading, 52 books from this year’s Festival. While we can’t reveal […]

December 6, 2017

MWF Staff Summer Reading List

What we’re reading this summer. Marieke Hardy, Artistic Director In the Garden of the Fugitives by Ceridwen Dovey, because I trust the woman who gave it to me. True Stories by Helen Garner – I mean, really. Helen. Helen Garner. Do you hear that sound? It is the sound of glitter cannons exploding in my […]

May 25, 2017

Intern Blog: My Top #LoveOzYA Picks

By Angel Gouvas I began reading young adult books when I started high school and have been in love ever since. There’s something about books written for teens that capture something so incredible, it’s hard to ever stop reading. These books explore family, friends, romance, heartbreak, coming of age – life, in a nutshell. And while I […]

December 19, 2016

MWF PROGRAMMING TEAM’S SUMMER READING LIST

Looking for some summer reading ideas? Our programming team give us their picks for the long, lazy days ahead. Lisa Dempster, Festival Director/CEO This summer I’m looking forward to catching up on some great Australian literature that I didn’t have a chance to read during the year, including Katherine Johnson’s The Better Son, Isabelle Li’s […]

December 6, 2016

MWF STAFF’S FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016 (PART TWO)

Earlier this year, we gave you our favourite books of 2016 so far. With so many incredible books released this year, we thought it was time for part two. What were your favourites? Lisa Dempster, Festival Director/CEO Perhaps obviously, as she was MWF’s keynote speaker this year, one of my favourite books of the year […]

November 30, 2016

6 WRITERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016

Australia’s best writers – shortlistees and winners of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards – share their favourite books of the year. Karen Lamb, joint winner in Non-Fiction for Thea Astley: Inventing her Own Weather My book choice for 2016 is the just released book Little Fish Are Sweet by Matthew Condon. It takes me back to […]