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September 2, 2014

LITHOP : COVERAGE

Do you remember fondly flicking through those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books in your childhood? That time when you flicked to page 36 and realised that that act alone would take you swiftly towards your impending doom? Yet, there really was no right or wrong way to read one of those books, because there were […]

August 31, 2014

TAKE A WALK WITH TWISTS & TURNS

I’m standing on the corner of Swanston and Little Collins Streets and John Wood is telling me to make a choice. I can turn left towards Elizabeth and become part of a mystery, or turn right towards Russell and join a struggling writer leaving a play. I turn right, and the story starts straight away, […]

MICROFICTION AND SUBCULTURES

You’ve heard of microfiction. How about a microsociety? A work of fiction that serves up a slice of subculture? On Friday, First Flight was a window into the publication journey of several exciting new authors, Eli Glasman, Holly Childs and Melinda Houston. As well as covering relationships with editors and publishers, the anxiety to achieve and the […]

August 30, 2014

MORE FROM #VUMWF14

Our Victoria University Reviewers for a Day have been attending a wide range of keynotes, conversations, panels, exhibitions, industry insights seminars – all sorts. It’s been fascinating reading their very personal responses to their Festival experience, event by event and review by review. Here’s another taste of what they’ve been up to. Modern Spying By Calum […]

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 […]