Blog category: Top 5 Picks

August 21, 2018

#TopFivePicks: ‘Lillytales’ Shares Her Must Reads for MWF18

In the lead up to this year’s MWF, we’ve asked our favourite book bloggers for their #topfivepicks to read ahead of the event. New, old, already ear-marked or one to add to the bedside table – dive into a world of reading and get prepped for the Fest. In this blog, Kate Lloyd from ‘Lillytales‘ shares from her…

August 31, 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Your First Melbourne Writers Festival

By Dipanjali Rao 374 presenters. 300 events, of which nearly a quarter are free. From science to politics, feminism to colonialism, technology to Harry Potter, there’s something for you at the Melbourne Writers Festival in 2017. Interact, ask a question and join the conversation. Or if you’d rather, you can just sit back, relax and listen…

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…

August 24, 2015

MY TOP 5 PICKS: JASON STEGER

The Age literary editor and ABC’s The Book Club panelist Jason Steger, shares his top 5 picks of the Festival with us. Steger will host the MWF Big Book Club, Real Justice? & ABC’s The Book Club. 1. WILL SELF: CLOSING NIGHT ADDRESS “Will Self always has an interesting perspective on people, places and issues. He is consistently stimulating as a writer and speaker.”…

August 23, 2015

MY TOP 5 PICKS: JOHN BIRMINGHAM

John Birmingham tells us about his top 5 picks of the Festival. Birmingham is an author, columnist and, increasingly rarely, a journalist. He is the author of He Died With A Felafel in His Hand, and Leviathan: The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney. 1. KATIE MACK AND BRIAN SCHMIDT: AUSSIE ASTROPHYSICS Because Schmidt’s brain is so big…

August 19, 2015

MY TOP 5 PICKS: ITA BUTTROSE

Media icon Ita Buttrose shares her top 5 picks of the Festival with us. She will appear in Women in Media: Keeping up Appearances. 1. WOMEN IN MEDIA: KEEPING UP APPEARANCES “A must session for me. Jessica Rowe and I will discuss the enormous pressure on women in the media to look good – at all times.” 2. ELEANOR CATTON ON READING When…

August 18, 2015

MY TOP 5 PICKS: CLAUDIA KARVAN

Acclaimed film and television actress, Claudia Karvan, shares her top 5 picks of the Festival with us. Karvan will appear in the session Small Screen: Love My Way, with co-creator John Edwards.  1. JACK ANDRAKA: TEEN SCIENTIST BREAKS THROUGH “This session piques a conflation of interests – always curious about the new generation and a desire to address the science lessons I didn’t pay enough…