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August 13, 2015

EXPLORING WORDS IN THE WEST

Melbourne’s west has become a cultural nexus, a place where writers and readers converge to share and discover stories. With support from the Maribyrnong City Council’s Festival City Program, we’re excited to be extending our celebration of words to Footscray for Words in the West – a program of 5 free events over the weekend […]

July 30, 2015

REVIEWER FOR A DAY

Contributed by the Victoria University Professional and Creative Writing team A year ago to the day(ish) Victoria University and the Melbourne Writers Festival launched the Reviewer for a Day program at MWF. The response was instantaneous and enormous. Places were limited and they filled fast meaning that many potential reviewers missed out. And what did […]

July 28, 2015

THE FACES OF MWF 2015

At Melbourne Writers Festival, we put readers first. While bringing our own literary knowledge, networks and expertise to the table, we respond to the passions and interests of Melbourne’s readers when building our events – in fact, our audience helps us create the Festival. This year, our audience played a part in designing the Festival […]

APPLY NOW: REVIEWER FOR A DAY

I am a big fan of blogging as a platform for creativity and communication – in fact, across three years as MWF Director I have brought some of the world’s best international bloggers to Melbourne to take part in the fun of the festival, including Bike Snob NYC, Tavi Gevinson, Brain Pickings and, this year, […]

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 15, 2015

FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS MELBOURNE

Ann Mossop is the Head of Talks and Ideas at the Sydney Opera House where she is responsible for the Ideas at the House program, which includes flagship programs the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, All About Women, Carnegie Conversations: Ideas for a better Australia, For Thought, and solo talks throughout the year. Shame, Democracy, Nuclear […]

May 28, 2015

READERS & THE FEDERAL BUDGET

In March this year, a report into Australia’s cultural life identified that reading is the most popular way the arts is consumed in this country. In 2013, 87% of Australians read some form of literature; half of us read weekly. In the latest Federal budget, Arts Minister George Brandis proposes funding cuts to the Australia […]

February 25, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS AUDIENCE ADVOCATES

Each year MWF audiences bring the Festival to life by responding passionately to the ideas and writing at the heart of our events – through conversations online, live at our events, or in bars and restaurants afterwards. As Festival Director, I strive to weave opportunities for reflection, discussion and feedback into everything MWF does as […]

February 5, 2015

ARE YOU OUR NEXT STAR INTERN?

  At MWF, interns play a vital role in delivering the Festival and become true members of our Festival family. We love having interns as part of our team and do our best to provide a meaningful (and memorable) experience for them. Here’s what a few of last year’s interns said about their experience at […]

September 29, 2014

MONKEY GRIP

As a teenager growing up in 1980s suburban Melbourne, I can’t remember if I first read the book or saw the feature film of Helen Garner’s groundbreaking debut Monkey Grip. Either way the impact of Monkey Grip was immediate and I began to dream about living a different kind of life. I don’t think my […]