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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 […]

August 26, 2016

MWF PROGRAMMING TALKS AUSTRALIAN FICTION

Some of the best fiction is being cooked up right in our own backyard. We’re proud this year to showcase many brilliant Australian authors at MWF, from seasoned writers to newcomers. We asked our Festival Director, Lisa Dempster, and Assistant Program Manager, Kylie Maslen, to share their favourite Australian fiction picks of the moment – […]

July 26, 2016

MWF STAFF’S PICKS OF THE PROGRAM

Our 2016 program is out, and there’s plenty to sink your teeth into, from YA fiction to events for kids and teens. We know the choice can be overwhelming, so we did the rounds in the MWF office to gather some of our staff’s suggestions of the events not to miss. Jo (Program Manager) recommends: As […]

July 15, 2016

INTERN BLOG: BY WOMEN, ABOUT WOMEN

No one is more equipped to reveal the personal worldview of a woman than the woman herself. I feel like many female authors shy away from writing about their own experience, at the risk of exposing something true of themselves, or of being accused of ‘diarising’. We are conditioned to believe that the feminine perspective […]

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 […]