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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! […]

December 9, 2015

MWF STAFF SUMMER READS

The MWF team share their fave book of 2015, as well as what they’ll be reading this summer. Share your reading picks in the comments below! LISA DEMPSTER, FESTIVAL DIRECTOR/CEO 2015 fave: Trans: A Memoir, Juliet Jacques Trans explores the complexities of identity, with the author’s gender reassignment at its heart. Jacques’ reflections on her […]

November 25, 2015

WEST WRITERS OUR STORIES FORUM

Hiroki Kobayashi is Multicultural Program Coordinator at Melbourne Writers Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival. As I sit here in my second week as Multicultural Program Coordinator at Melbourne Writers Festival, it was perfect timing that I was able to attend the West Writers Our Stories Forum at Footscray Community Arts Centre to meet, engage and […]

August 28, 2015

TOP 20 MICROREVIEWS

If you had to summarise an entire book in 140 characters or less, what would you say? Over the Festival, we have asked you tweet us your best #MicroReview to win an exclusive MWF15 Moleskine notebook prize pack. There were so many clever, creative and downright hilarious reviews that we decided to share some of our favourites […]

August 26, 2015

FROM THE BOOKSHELF TO THE BIG SCREEN

Irene Kalpakas is a 2015 MWF Marketing Intern and recent Screen Studies graduate who finds it difficult to summarise herself into a sentence. There’s nothing like the tingle of excitement mixed with overhanging feelings of dread upon hearing that your favourite book will be made into a movie. History tells us to prepare for the […]

August 20, 2015

MWF MARSHMALLOWS: WHY WE LOVE VERONICA MARS

We asked MWF staff and tragic Veronica Mars fans (aka Marshmallows) Lisa Dempster, Danielle Gori and Jo Case what they love most about the show. Find out their favourite moments, best and worst cameos, and the questions they’d most like to ask Rob Thomas. And feel free to share your own in the comments! Lisa Dempster, […]

August 18, 2015

TOP 5 PICKS: CHILDREN & TEENS

Del Robinson has worked in publishing and bookselling roles for over 15 years and is a MWF15 programming intern. Additionally she works as a consultant at a children’s specialist bookshop. She is extremely passionate about connecting children with stories and books. There are lots of reasons why I’m excited about the Children and Teen sessions at […]

July 30, 2015

10 GREAT PODCASTS FOR YOUR DAILY COMMUTE

Ally Scale is a podcast enthusiast who produced a series of podcasts for Writers Victoria in 2014. She also collaborated with Writers Bloc and All The Best on the podcast episode Baby Teeth. Ally is a 2015 MWF Development intern.  I love the tactile experience of reading a book. But when it’s peak hour on public […]

July 24, 2015

YOUR GUIDE TO THE 2015 PROGRAM, WITH LISA DEMPSTER

Melbourne Writers Festival is for everyone who reads. This year more than ever, it’s a program that responds to the people and places of Melbourne. Via our Digital Suggestion Box, Audience Advocates committee and many, many social media conversations, you told us who you wanted to see at the festival. And we have delivered, with […]

July 17, 2015

THE BOY WHO HATED BOOKS

Nadia Wu is a freelance writer, keen reader and current MWF marketing intern. She is studying the Master of Communication at RMIT University.  For 25 years, there was nothing Alexander Wu hated more than a good book. While his two sisters inhaled novel after novel, Alex couldn’t get beyond the first few pages without becoming […]

July 10, 2015

PACKAGING STORIES

Marilyn de Castro works as a graphic designer for a gallery. She is also a 2015 MWF programming intern. She loves that she’s constantly surrounded by creative work and interesting stories. I collect all manner of books. Art books, design reference and theories, fiction and non-fiction, novels recommended by friends, books that contain intriguing photographs […]