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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 […]

August 23, 2017

MWF Cocktail Recipe: The Gin-ger Sea

In Martini: A Memoir, Frank Moorhouse wrote, “Every time it is served, the martini represents a journey towards an unattainably ideal drink”. It’s a concept that writers are only too familiar with, but it’s also something Melbourne Gin Company holds close to their hearts. In the pursuit of the ‘unattainable ideal drink’, the folks over […]

August 12, 2017

Intern Blog: When Leo Tolstoy Goes for a Run

By Andreas Å Andersson I haven’t always seen myself as a reader and a writer, but I have – for a very long time – seen myself as a runner. That was until I in my early 20s realised I wasn’t running much anymore. In just a matter of months I had transitioned from a […]

August 3, 2017

Meet MWF Digital Storyteller: Chami

For MWF 2017, we’ve engaged six exciting voices to be our Digital Storytellers. Not only will they get to report on this year’s Festival in new and innovative ways, but welcome us into the digital spaces they inhabit so well. Here, Chami of ReadLikeWildFire tells all about her channels, and what she’s most excited to see at this […]

August 19, 2016


The Festival is almost upon us – you can now count down on two hands. You’ve re-read all your favourite authors and dipped into some new works in preparation. You’ve got a well-thumbed copy of the program with red circles and stars all over it. You’ve booked your tickets… All that’s left is to go […]

July 18, 2016


Grief, tigers and parkour – they may not seem like likely bedfellows, but they expertly weave their way through Myfanwy Jones’s dynamic novel, Leap. Joe, driven by the need to atone for his role in the accidental death of his first love, is unmotivated by almost everything except a desire to train his body and […]

June 17, 2016


There’s a particular moment in Zadie Smith’s On Beauty that has remained with me for years. Zora Belsey, an intellectual, earnest and often conflicted young woman, is standing on a street partially flooded by a burst water main, waiting for her friends to arrive. She’s parked the car a few blocks away so it looks […]