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July 25, 2016

MFLA 2016 SHORTLIST: HOPE FARM

Peggy Frew’s Hope Farm is a devastatingly beautiful story about the broken bonds of childhood, and the enduring cost of holding back the truth. It was shortlisted for the Stella Prize earlier in the year, and has received much praise for its delicate handling of fragile family connections. Hope Farm takes its name from the hippie commune in […]

July 1, 2016

INTERN BLOG: WRITING, GENRE, DISCOMFORT AND QUESTIONS

I entered a short story competition. I didn’t win, but this action resulted in a small publishing house including my submission in a printed anthology. The following year, it happened again. Time and effort went into three further short story submissions, which were given to another publishing house, and all of these resulted in publication. […]

MEET THE INTERNS: GREGORY

Development Intern Gregory answers a few of our questions on all things reading and interning. What do you like to do when you’re not interning?  Writing and practicing spoken word; exercise and keeping fit; reading; hanging with friends somewhere where there is live music and or a dance floor. Desert Island reads? Frank Herbert’s Dune’ Alexandre Dumas’s The […]

June 28, 2016

MWF STAFF’S FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016 – SO FAR

We’re now halfway through 2016 and – no surprises here – it’s been a fabulous year so far for books. The staff at MWF share our favourite reads so far this year, both new and old. What have your favourites been? Lisa Dempster, Festival Director/CEO I already have several favourite books from this year! It’s […]

June 24, 2016

INTERN BLOG: PRACTICAL MAGIC

I wanted to be a doctor, but my parents insisted I become a magician. These words escaped the lips of Britain’s Got Talent’s top act, Darcy Oake, as he took the stage in his initial audition. One of my friends, blown away by the illusionist magic before his eyes, was showing me the video over […]

June 17, 2016

MEET THE INTERNS: MICHELLE

Melbourne Writers Festival Program Intern Michelle McLaren took our questionnaire and shared her literary tastes with us. What do you like to do when you’re not interning? I read, I blog and I write book reviews. Desert Island reads? Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book – not only because it’s about life on an island, but […]

June 10, 2016

INTERN BLOG: GREAT READS FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS

There are books you frequently hear about that are considered to make one well read: Ulysses, Infinite Jest, War and Peace. Buzzfeed has even compiled a list so that you can rank how well you’re doing in the reading department. However, there are many works outside the canon that will give you some literary cred. […]

MEET THE INTERNS: VERITY

Melbourne Writers Festival Program Intern Verity Albert took our questionnaire about all things reading and book sniffing. What do you like to do when you’re not interning? Reading good books and drinking good wine. Desert Island reads? Either a long book or a long series of books. So perhaps the Wheel of Time series by […]

June 3, 2016

INTERN BLOG: THE 1800S AND GOTHIC LITERATURE

Gruesome, grotesque and ghoulish graveyards; madness and mania; death and decay; the power of nature, God and man; the spirit world liaising with the human realm; the passion of love so destructive that it drives its subjects to insanity… These are just a few of the themes and tropes of the Gothic genre of literature. […]

MEET THE INTERNS: ELLEN

Melbourne Writers Festival Program Intern Ellen Hookey took our questionnaire. What do you like to do when you’re not interning? I like to go second-hand and op-shopping, I like planting succulents, upcycling, going to see live shows (stand-up comedy, music and theatre) and going for moseys in the great outdoors. Desert Island reads? Robinson Crusoe […]

MEET THE INTERNS: VENISA

Melbourne Writers Festival Marketing and Development Intern Venisa Tjahjono took our questionnaire. What do you like to do when you’re not interning? Sleeping until midday. Desert Island reads? The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Stardust Why did you decide to intern? Honestly, setting the sail on my dream and see where it takes me! […]