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February 4, 2020

Meet the programming team

Meet the Programming team for the 2020 Melbourne Writers Festival, led by Associate Director Gene Smith and Program Manager Sonia Nair. Gene is a writer, producer and programmer, and joined the Festival in July 2018 as Program Manager before being appointed Associate Director in late 2019. Prior to moving to Melbourne, he was at Sydney […]

All you need is love (and the MWF podcast)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s all about the romance genre and those who pen it. Delve into new discussions from A Day of Romance, all recorded live at the 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival. Swoon! Content warning: sessions contain discussion about sex and mature themes. Who Gets to Love? Statistics show that romance […]

August 14, 2018

Our Time: Cocktails with a Literary Twist at MWF18

With America in the grips of an economic recession, Ernest Hemingway did what any artist might to revive oneself: invent the perfect cocktail. ‘Death in the Gulf Stream’, to be enjoyed anytime from 11am onward, was a “reviving and refreshing” concoction that “cools the blood and inspires renewed interest in food, companions and life” – the […]

July 30, 2018

Duets: Lyrical Listening Ahead of MWF18

A tribute to the myriad ways that words move and inspire us, our music stream features live performances from some of Australia’s most powerful young singers and songwriters, followed by conversations with fellow musicians on their craft and creative practice. To get in a musical mood for MWF18, we’ve pulled together a playlist of our […]