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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 […]