Blog category: Writers

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

6 WRITERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 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…

August 25, 2016

INDIAN WOMEN AT MWF 2016

In January, I visited Jaipur Literature Festival and was delighted by the expanse of great Indian writing being discussed there. One of the books that caught my attention was Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories, an anthology of women’s writing that explores power, politics and patriarchy through personal, intimate mini-memoirs written by 19…

August 24, 2016

MEET GEORGE PACKER

George Packer has done it all. With four nonfiction books, two novels and a long-running, award-winning off-Broadway play under his belt, as well as having edited a two-volume edition of George Orwell’s essays, Packer is truly prolific. In his work as an award-winning journalist, Packer has travelled the world and helped readers make sense of…

June 24, 2016

INTERN BLOG: PRACTICAL MAGIC

I wanted to be a doctor, but my parents insisted I become a magician. These words escaped the lips of Britain’s Got Talent’s top act, Darcy Oake, as he took the stage in his initial audition. One of my friends, blown away by the illusionist magic before his eyes, was showing me the video over…

May 28, 2015

READERS & THE FEDERAL BUDGET

In March this year, a report into Australia’s cultural life identified that reading is the most popular way the arts is consumed in this country. In 2013, 87% of Australians read some form of literature; half of us read weekly. In the latest Federal budget, Arts Minister George Brandis proposes funding cuts to the Australia…

May 6, 2015

ON DAILY INSPIRATION AND ROUTINES

Jessica Yu is the recipient of the Young Writers Innovation Prize 2014 and founding editor of interactive narrative website, Betanarratives. Her short story, Keh Kut, won Best Fiction Published in an Express Media Publication 2014 and her essay, Flab and Excess: On Women, Writing and the Publishing Industry was selected as one of the top 10 pieces published…