Festival Guide for Shoestring Budgets

At MWF, we understand that budgets are varied. To make our program as accessible as possible to every lover of literature, we’re proud to host a range of free events, featuring some of the Festival’s highlight speakers. Browse our Festival Guide for Shoestring Budgets and enjoy MWF18 without putting a strain on your purses.

Local Libraries: Kon Karapanagiotidis: Kon Karapanagiotidis is the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. His new book, The Power of Hope, is a powerful and inspiring memoir, which argues that by putting community, love and compassion at the centre of our lives, we have the power to change our world. 25 Aug, 3pm


Local Libraries: Han Yujoo: Han Yujoo was born in Seoul and is the author of four short story collections. Her first book to appear in English, The Impossible Fairytale, is a fresh and terrifying exploration of the ethics of art making and of the stinging consequences of neglect.
25 Aug, 6pm


The Big Bent Poetry Reading: Alert your synapses to a poetic exploration of gender and queerness, featuring poets Broede Carmody, Quinn Eades, Michael Farrell, Fury, Lian Low, Harry Reid, Ellen van Neerven and Ania Walwicz. Hosted by Adolfo Aranjuez. 26 Aug, 10am


Ask Me Anything: Rites & Rituals: Death may be universal, but practices around the death and dying process vary enormously. Join Irish celebrant Fiona Garrivan, holistic funeral director Libby Moloney and Rabbi Noam Sendor to learn about different rites and rituals for the dead. With Mark Baker. 26 Aug, 11.30am


Spoken Word Workshop: Learn from the best how to master rhythm and rhyme in a special poetry-for-performance workshop. With celebrated New Zealand poet Courtney Sina Meredith. 26 Aug, 1pm


Ownership of Our Narrative: Journalist and filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe is joined by special guests to discuss the discourse around diversity and real inclusion beyond tokenism. 31 Aug, 1pm


Me & Melbourne: Study Melbourne invites the international students of Victoria to reflect on their time and experience in Australia in either visual or written form. Join us as we announce this year’s competition winners over afternoon tea. 1 Sep, 5.30pm


Activism Workshop: Join writer and zinester Timmah Ball and activist Tarneen Onus-Williams for a discussion on the role of writing and art in activism and how to get organised. 2 Sep, 11am


Ideas Hospital: Healing: In a process of healing the wounds created from underrepresentation, Sista Zai Zanda forms a space for people to connect by co-creating a list of books, plays, songs and films written by women of colour.
2 Sep, 2.30pm


Brow Talks: Nayuka Gorrie: The world might be run by hostile gronks but on the bright side, hostile gronks are a lot of fun to laugh at. Nayuka Gorrie explores a history of laughing at people in power and ways to do it today. 2 Sep, 3pm