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March 23, 2015

FREE EVENT – CRITICAL MATTERS: BOOK REVIEWING NOW

Monash University is excited to be working with our friends at Melbourne Writers’ Festival on Critical Matters: Book Reviewing Now! The first of its kind ever held in Australia, the inaugural Critical Matters: Book Reviewing Now symposium will be taking place in Melbourne on 9 April 2015. Hosted by the Centre for the Book, Monash […]

March 6, 2015

10 WOMEN WRITERS TO WATCH IN 2015

To celebrate International Womens Day, Festival Director Lisa Dempster and Program Manager Jo Case have put together a list (in no particular order) of 1o women writers to look out for this year: 1. Kim Gordon – Former Sonic Youth singer/bassist, her memoir Girl in a Band  is getting great reviews and earning comparisons to Patti Smith’s […]

February 25, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS AUDIENCE ADVOCATES

Each year MWF audiences bring the Festival to life by responding passionately to the ideas and writing at the heart of our events – through conversations online, live at our events, or in bars and restaurants afterwards. As Festival Director, I strive to weave opportunities for reflection, discussion and feedback into everything MWF does as […]

February 5, 2015

ARE YOU OUR NEXT STAR INTERN?

  At MWF, interns play a vital role in delivering the Festival and become true members of our Festival family. We love having interns as part of our team and do our best to provide a meaningful (and memorable) experience for them. Here’s what a few of last year’s interns said about their experience at […]

January 22, 2015

GABRIELLE WANG: AUSTRALIA DAY IS

I feel a sense of pride and a sense of shame when it comes to Australia Day. The official line states that it is “a day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.” It goes on to say that it is a “day for […]

December 10, 2014

DYMOCKS MELBOURNE’S SUMMER READS

We’re keen to get started on our holiday reading list. If you’re looking for some titles to add to yours, the team from Dymocks Melbourne has you covered. Check out their top 10 reads for this holiday season. Colm Toibin – Nora Webster It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a […]

November 20, 2014

MICHAEL WAGNER ON EAL ENGAGE: STORIES FOR LIFE

Something unexpectedly beautiful happened recently in a series of six post-MWF events, held at the Wheeler Centre, that I thought was worth sharing. I was lucky enough to be involved in talks alongside Gabrielle Wang and Valanga Khoza, who, like me, write for young people. We addressed a total of about 800 children who’d been […]

October 31, 2014

FINAL WORD FROM THE ATELIER

I was lucky to take part in the Atelier for Young Festival Managers which took place in Poznan, Poland last week. The aim of the Atelier is to discuss the artistic aspects of festival management, including inspiring artists, delighting and challenging audiences, political and social responsibility, internationalism and sustainability. With 41 festival directors and 4 […]

September 29, 2014

MONKEY GRIP

As a teenager growing up in 1980s suburban Melbourne, I can’t remember if I first read the book or saw the feature film of Helen Garner’s groundbreaking debut Monkey Grip. Either way the impact of Monkey Grip was immediate and I began to dream about living a different kind of life. I don’t think my […]

September 12, 2014

JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER: OUR FAVOURITE BOOK COVERS

Why do we judge books by their covers? Perhaps it is our human instinct to be attracted to gorgeous, colourful and interesting images. Regardless, book covers are an ingenious outward appearance of the personality of the book, allowing the reader a peek into the wonderland of the book’s content. Let us put the old saying aside for a moment, ignore […]

September 4, 2014

REVIEWING REVIEWER FOR A DAY

This is a review of a whole lot of reviews, so in a sense it’s a ‘meta review’ – George Brandis take note. By a whole lot of reviews I mean 43 to be exact, written by 36 authors, each covering a different event in this year’s MWF. That’s 36 different writers, with 36 very […]

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AROUND THE WORLD: G(IRLS) 20

When Farah Mohamed speaks, you listen. Her gentle charisma and humour are not the only things that make her irresistible; she is no stranger to rhetoric or rhythm. Her words gather momentum as she talks – until you realise you’re hypnotised. And that’s good, because she has important things to say. The founder of G(irls)20, Mohamed’s […]