July 17, 2018

Festival Guide For Questioning Minds

Each year, MWF brings together some of the world’s leading minds to consider and reflect on the issues that matter to us all. MWF18 is no exception, with an eclectic array of authors, artists, advocates and activists unraveling the threads of this year’s theme, A Matter of Life and Death, and the rich motifs that […]

June 27, 2018

Using State Archives to Research and Write your Story

This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week was ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’. Reconciliation Australia challenged all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures by exploring the history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. There is so much Victorian history that is yet to be fully […]

June 5, 2018

Rob McDonald and Toni Jordan: Writing Your Way Up

Mentors play an invaluable role for many emerging writers, a source of inspiration, accountability, and much-needed emotional support. Here, emerging novelist whose unpublished manuscript, The Nancys, was highly commended in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Rob McDonald, and award-winning novelist whose books include the international bestseller Addition and Our Tiny, Useless Hearts, Toni Jordan, discuss the writing […]

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 […]

December 6, 2017

MWF Staff Summer Reading List

What we’re reading this summer. Marieke Hardy, Artistic Director In the Garden of the Fugitives by Ceridwen Dovey, because I trust the woman who gave it to me. True Stories by Helen Garner – I mean, really. Helen. Helen Garner. Do you hear that sound? It is the sound of glitter cannons exploding in my […]

November 7, 2017

MWF Podcast: October Wrap-up

In case you missed it, we have a podcast! We’re sharing selected sessions from MWF17 over on YouTube, so you can catch up on some of the most interesting, entertaining and inspiring discussions you might have missed. Here are the ones we’ve posted in the last month: Reni Eddo Lodge: On Race with Benjamin Law […]

October 18, 2017

Silence and Struggle: Writing Family Histories at MWF17

By Magan Magan Melbourne Writers Festival hosted an event that set out to explore writing family histories. Our family histories live in us. They manifest in and around our world in transformative ways. The panel hosted authors who have written on the subject – Henry Rosenbloom, a son of Holocaust survivors, shared from the memoir […]

October 3, 2017

YA & Activism: Angie Thomas at MWF17

By Rebecca Gough Angie Thomas delivered the first YA keynote talk ever at Melbourne Writers Festival and she made our hearts sing. “Today I’m here to beg you to change the world.” Angie Thomas Her passionate statement was that as writers, changing the world is possible – we have the power to do it. Her debut young […]

August 18, 2017

Marieke Hardy is MWF’s New Artistic Director

Melbourne Writers Festival has announced a new leadership team for MWF18 and beyond. Writer, producer and literary critic Marieke Hardy will become the festival’s Artistic Director, with Shona Barrett moving into the role of CEO. Board Chair John Myers said Marieke Hardy would build on the success of MWF Festival Director and CEO Lisa Dempster, […]