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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

MY TOP 5 PICKS: JASMEET SAHI

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

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 13, 2016

STAFF BLOG: MINIMALISM & MWF MOMENTS

Author Leo Babauta changed my life in a very practical way – he introduced me to the concept of minimalism. I first started reading his books, like Zen to Done, to learn more about productivity but instead discovered a whole new world of minimalism, simplicity and the power of doing less. I became an avid […]

December 8, 2016

STAFF BLOG: HOW DID I GET HERE?

You know that moment when someone asks you: ‘So what do you do?’, or ‘Where do you work?’, ‘What do you write?’? And in a few seconds you feel the need to question your life choices or formulate ways of fitting together freelance writer, arts worker, sometimes academic and wishful writer of essays & stories […]

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 […]