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April 17, 2023

A Message from the Lord Mayor

Listen in as Lord Mayor Sally Capp ushers in the 2023 Melbourne Writers Festival. The city of Melbourne is so proud to be a long-time supporter of this much-loved event.

April 26, 2023

Artist Spotlight: Zena Cumpston

Zena Cumpston is a Barkandji woman who works as a freelance writer, researcher, curator and storyteller. She is passionate about plants and the many ways they elucidate the ingenuity and deep knowledge of her people. Melbourne Writers Festival invited Cumpston to share the inspiration behind her latest work, Plants: Past, Present and Future – co-authored […]

December 1, 2023

Book giveaway!

Subscribe to the MWF eNewsletter for your chance to win a bundle of six books! (Just in time for holiday reading.) Your bundle will include:    – Gunflower, Laura Jean McKay    – Plants: Past, Present and Future, Zena Cumpston, Michael-Shawn Fletcher and Lesley Head    – Everyone on this Train is a Suspect, Benjamin […]

June 6, 2023

Books are magic

The greatest thing about a writers festival also happens to be the worst: that after long months of planning, anticipation, dreaming and excitement, it’s all over in just a few days. The fleeting nature of festivals is why we love them; a distinct moment in time for those who are lucky enough to be able […]

December 7, 2023

Fiona Menzies Appointed Interim CEO of Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival is pleased to announce that Fiona Menzies has been appointed as Interim CEO of Melbourne Writers Festival.   “Melbourne Writers Festival is delighted to have Fiona Menzies join us as CEO for the 2024 festival,” said Alice Hill, Chair of Melbourne Writers Festival. “MWF will benefit from her wealth of experience across philanthropy, […]

April 20, 2023

Jan Fran’s Best of the Fest

Discover Walkley Award–winning journalist, TV presenter and social commentator Jan Fran’s picks of the Festival! Jan Fran will speak with Bernardine Evaristo in a sold-out show at Melbourne Writers Festival.   What are your top three picks of the Festival? Alison Roman: The Roman Empire Fri 5 May, 8.30pm  Melbourne Town Hall $45 general / […]

April 19, 2023

Jazz Money’s Best of the Fest

Jazz Money is a Wiradjuri poet and artist who uses poetics to create works across print, installation, digital, performance and film. Her writing and art has been presented, performed and published nationally and internationally. Discover the events she’s most looking forward to at the Festival and reflections on the 2023 theme. You can see Jazz […]

April 17, 2023

Kris Kneen’s Best of the Fest

Kris Kneen is the award-winning author of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, including An Uncertain Grace, which was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. They have written and directed broadcast television documentaries and were the Copyright Agency Ltd Non-fiction Fellow in 2020. Fat Girl Dancing is their latest book. Discover the events Kneen is most looking forward to […]

April 26, 2023

Maxine Beneba Clarke’s Best of the Fest

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of over ten books, including the ABIA winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the memoir The Hate Race, and the poetry collections How Decent Folk Behave and Carrying the World. She is currently Poet in Residence at Melbourne University. Discover the events Maxine Beneba Clarke is most looking forward […]