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August 30, 2014

MEET THE BLURB BLOG-TO-BOOK AUTHORS

So how are our three bloggers travelling in the Blurb Blog to Book challenge to publish a book based on their blog during the eleven days of the Festival? Karys McEwen @karysrhiann “Trying to fit in editing and designing my blog-to-book project alongside full time work and full time study has been tricky! But I also work…

August 29, 2014

MWF REVIEW: MARIA POPOVA – BRAIN PICKINGS

Maria Popova: Brain Pickings was billed as one of the highlight events at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. With a near capacity crowd at Dallas Brooks Hall in East Melbourne, the audience prepared for an evening of thought provoking material to pick and choose from. “We live in an information-rich age,” said Maria Popova.  “Yet that…

#FODI at #MWF14

On Sunday 31 August at 3pm, Sydney Opera House will broadcast live from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2014 into Fed Square, giving Melbourne audiences a taste of #FODI. Hosted by FODI favourite Jane Caro, it will feature 45 minutes of highlights from talks from the first day of the festival and interviews with speakers,…

August 28, 2014

WRITING CHINA: TEA WITH LINDA JAIVIN

Linda Jaivin’s personality bounces off the walls even before she speaks, with her impish smile and signature red hair. When she speaks, her passion for China is apparent. The internationally published author of eight books, her work includes six works of fiction, a collection of essays called Confessions of an S&M Virgin and a China memoir, The…

REVIEW: MICROFICTIONS

We start Microfictions with a reading. All the best events start with a reading. At this one, Oliver Mol reads “I Bet You’re Wondering How Everything Fits Together, Like, I Bet You Think About That A Lot” from his iPhone over a video of dry, straight outback roads. It’s weird and honest and immediate and also kind…

GLOBAL SHORT STORIES

The Global Short Stories session felt like a bit of a treat for the ear as well as the mind. The session was hosted by Ali Alizadeh, who created a warm atmosphere, and added to the myriad of lovely accents we were gifted throughout the session. For me, short stories and poetry are basically all that I…

WORDS AND WAR: BLACK DIGGERS

Words and War: Black Diggers was a gravely significant session for me, on an emotional, cultural, and intellectual level. Bruce Gates hosted the session, and was a lovely choice, considering his background as an historian. The forum was not only paying homage to the Indigenous diggers who had fought in world wars and not been given…

BOB BROWN: FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE

I first discovered that Bob Brown was the bee’s knees when I started following his progress with the topical animal rights group the Sea Shepherd, and their success with Operation Kimberley Miinimbi, a great win for not only the whale nursery they saved, but for the Goolarabooloo people. Because Brown is a man of strong…

THE RADIO HOUR

It would seem unlikely that words would fail at a festival for writing, yet the festival boldly went there during the full-scale non-fiction radio feature production entitled The Radio Hour . With host Jaye Kranz at the helm, writers, radio producers and musicians came together to tell stories on the theme of “When Words Fail”. Set…

August 27, 2014

THE FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH IN CYCLING

This caravan smells like gardenias. At the opening night party someone told me that this caravan would smell like gardenias. “Man, it smells GREAT in there. They must have fresh flowers in there all the time or something.” A candle burns. Someone is brewing coffee. A street performer is breakdancing to Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping” outside the…

August 25, 2014

SOUND IS THE NEW STORY

Radio buffs, sound nerds, wav makers and other interested parties all crowded around for an afternoon of perspectives, insights and anecdotes at Sound is the New Story, on the opening weekend of the Melbourne Writers Festival. At this session, broadcasters and podcasters Benjamen Walker (USA), Jessie Borrelle and Miyuki Jokiranta all took to the stage to…

SKETCHBOOK REPORTING: OSLO DAVIS’ DRAWING THE JOKE

You can also see Oslo Davis’ wonderful mural at Page Not Found, or attend the Page Not Found Walk at the City Gallery on Sat 30 Aug 1.30pm. He is also drawing at The Little Library on Level 2 of Melbourne Central on Sat 30 Aug 11am. Follow Michelle: @maybestreet Digital Reporters is run in partnership…