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March 4, 2019

MWF announces Rebecca MacFarling as new CEO

Melbourne Writers Festival is excited to announce that Rebecca MacFarling has joined the team as Chief Executive Officer. Before joining MWF, Rebecca was the interim CEO of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. A marketer and fundraiser by trade, Rebecca has held roles at Musica Viva Australia, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Bangarra Dance Theatre, […]

May 28, 2018

MWF Program Manager, Jessica Alice, announced as Writers SA Director

We’re delighted that our colleague Jessica Alice will soon join Writers SA as Director. “As MWF program manager, Jessica has curated and managed vibrant, inclusive, and exciting festival programs. We wish her every success in her new role, and her continued contribution to Australia’s literary landscape,” said Shona Barrett, Melbourne Writers Festival CEO. Jessica is […]

January 31, 2018

The Best Parties in Literature

To celebrate our new series of monthly soirées, The Book of Fête, we’re sharing our favourite literary parties – ones we wish we could have attended, or ones we just want to have been able to peek through the keyhole on. Marieke Hardy, Artistic Director God, I would literally elbow a small robust crowd out […]

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 […]

April 4, 2017

Staff Blog: A Library Love Story

By Tamsien West In 2016 I spent six months travelling Europe, and visited more than 30 libraries in 13 countries. Each space was unique, from private collections with restricted access, to huge public facilities with free wi-fi and events, to tourist attractions with entry fees and a look-don’t-touch approach. Evidently, I really love libraries. The […]

February 1, 2017


Excited by the JLF Melbourne program but not sure where to start? Jasmeet Sahi, our program producer for JLF Melbourne, gives us her top 5 picks for what not to miss. 1. Pranam / Honouring Country ceremony at Gala: India Now I’m excited about this unique collaboration between Indigenous and Indian artists, in a special […]

December 19, 2016


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 […]