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January 11, 2019

Catch up on Ronan Farrow, Emily Nussbaum and Masha Gessen

Missed out on MWF18? Ahead of the launch of our official podcast (coming very soon – subscribe to our eNews to hear about it first), catch up on some favourites courtesy of the Wheeler Centre. Ronan Farrow: Power, Abuse & Facing Facts Ronan Farrow discusses the poignant stories of abuse behind his extraordinary investigative reporting […]

January 3, 2019

Reading Victoria with Maxine Beneba Clarke, Khalid Warsame and more

Reading Victoria was a 10th Anniversary project of Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office, exploring Victoria’s suburbs and towns in fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose, in celebration of Melbourne’s 10th anniversary as a UNESCO City of Literature. This recording of artists reading their stories was played at a special event for MWF18, where attendees […]

December 12, 2018

Belong’s Reading List: Aboriginal Women at MWF18

Melbourne Writers Festival is committed to creating space for First Nations voices within the Festival program. We celebrate the breadth, depth, and diversity of Aboriginal authors, poets, journalists and commentators through appearances by many talented individuals. In 2018 MWF was proud to have Belong as a cultural partner for the first time, with a strong […]

November 20, 2018

Literary Award Winners

With no shortage of amazing literary talent around at the moment, awards season has kicked off with a bang! We’ve put together this list of literary award winners over the last couple of months – which ones will you add to your TBR pile? The prestigious Melbourne Prize for Literature was awarded to Alison Lester […]

November 1, 2018

Pretty for an Aboriginal at MWF18

At MWF18, in a special live recording of their podcast Pretty for an Aboriginal, Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell sat down with journalist, memoirist and comic book writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to talk about race and whether democracy is failing people of colour in the US and in Australia, and why hope is irrelevant in the […]

September 10, 2018

Bestselling Books of MWF18

So you bought a book (or five) from the Readings Festival Bookshop. How does your haul compare to the top 25 bestselling books of the Festival? Discover what you need to add to your reading list immediately thanks to our Official Bookseller, Readings. The top 25 bestselling books from MWF18 1. No Friend But the […]

August 15, 2018

‘Negro Speaks of Books’ Talks Books, Diversity and MWF18

Since 2017, online platform ‘Negro Speaks of Books’ has hosted conversations about books written by authors of colour. Taking its name from the Langston Hughes poem ‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers’, it celebrates the diversity of Bla(c)k literature across the Diaspora. At MWF18, ‘Negro Speaks of Books’ founder Inez Trambas will join journalist and filmmaker […]

May 17, 2018

Pulitzer Prize–Winning Journalist Behind Weinstein Sexual Abuse Revelations to Join MWF18

Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist for The New Yorker, author and attorney Ronan Farrow is the first guest to be revealed for Melbourne Writers Festival 2018. Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre, Farrow will take centre stage at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre on Thursday 30 August to discuss power, abuse and facing facts with Australian journalist […]

August 21, 2017

What is the PEN Empty Chair?

Truth-telling is a dangerous business. Each year, many writers around the world are unjustly detained, imprisoned, tortured, forced into exile and in other ways silenced, in order to hide or ignore the issues that they bring to light. In 2016, PEN International’s worldwide case list included over 1000 writers: journalists, bloggers, poets, songwriters, novelists, playwrights. Since the […]

August 14, 2017

Fact to Fiction, with Dirk Kurbjuweit

How do you write about a real-life incident, if that incident happens to be as personal and traumatic as having your family stalked and terrorised by the man downstairs? We speak to acclaimed author and journalist Dirk Kurbjuweit about tackling the task for his novel Fear, and the line between fact and fiction. Fear is the […]

August 11, 2017

Just Got Hitched (to a Publisher!)

Sally Abbott is the author of novel Closing Down, published by Hachette. Michelle Wright is the author of Fine, a collection of short stories and a forthcoming novel both published by Allen & Unwin. Here, they chat with Faber Writing Academy on how they got their publishing contracts. What were the key turning points in […]

November 30, 2016


Australia’s best writers – shortlistees and winners of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards – share their favourite books of the year. Karen Lamb, joint winner in Non-Fiction for Thea Astley: Inventing her Own Weather My book choice for 2016 is the just released book Little Fish Are Sweet by Matthew Condon. It takes me back to […]