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August 25, 2014

REVIEW: TALKING POINTS FOR KIDS

I was eight years old when I first grappled with the idea of an infinite universe. With terrible dizziness, I tried to imagine the cold emptiness beyond the stars that stretched forever and ever and ever. Digging in to moments of wonder is part of being an engaged human being. Michael Parker, passionate educator and…

FIRST WEEKEND ROUND-UP #VUMWF14

The Victoria University Reviewer for a Day project has given 40 lucky writers from all walks of life, with a range of different interests and writing styles, the opportunity to see a session of their choice at the Festival and report on it afterwards. The results so far give a fascinating audience-point-of-view insight into a variety…

SHY: A CHAT WITH SIAN PRIOR

Sian Prior is no stranger to the public eye. As a journalist, broadcaster, teacher, musician and now memoirist she’s been getting up in front of people to share her work for years. What makes this even more remarkable is that every time she does it, she’s winning a battle with excruciating shyness. In her memoir Shy,…

SELFIE CULTURE: THE MIRROR STAGE

Midway through Selfie Culture, Anne Manne relates this anecdote: Lena Dunham’s father asks, why would you put something you eat on Instagram? And Lena Dunham comes back with, why would you eat something unless you put it on Instagram? It is by now very old news that “selfie” was Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 Word of the…

POETIC LICENSE: THE POWER & LIMITATIONS OF WORDS

Once upon a time a god called Dionysus believed that he could save an ancient city from ruin by bringing a dead poet back to life. And now the need has again arisen. Our world, our city, our neighbourhood is in need of poetry and a great poet – a leader, an inspirer, an orator,…

BLURB BLOG TO BOOK CHALLENGE

HOW TO PUBLISH A BOOK IN ELEVEN DAYS … Congratulations to the three bloggers who have taken up the Blurb Blog to Book challenge to design and publish a book based on their blog-writings, from cover to cover, all during the eleven days of the Festival. Karys McEwen The Something Fine Project @karysrhiann “I feel…

August 23, 2014

INDIGENOUS WRITING NOW

Set in the ACMI Cube, Indigenous Writing Now was a great chance for patrons to come and basically sit in on a wonderful yarn between Tony Birch, John Harding and the recipient of the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Writing, Brenda Saunders. The session opened with Brenda reading one of her poems titled Looking for Bullan…

August 20, 2014

DIGITAL REPORTERS: CARISSA’S FESTIVAL PICKS

As a new writer, I’m wanting to shed the editor coat and explore a whole heap of events during the Festival, listening to the many great minds in attendance and learn of their views and creative processes. Being an Indigenous artist, I’m especially excited about Indigenous Writing Now (Fri 22 Aug, 1pm), where we’ll get a chance…

DIGITAL REPORTERS: AMANDA’S FESTIVAL PICKS

Looking at the list of events I’ll be covering for Melbourne Writers Festival, I can’t help but notice that most of them fall under the stream The Agenda. There is the smell of urgency and officialese kneaded into merely glancing at a pair of words like The Agenda. Tell me if you don’t see a…

DIGITAL REPORTERS: LOU’S FESTIVAL PICKS

Why yes, I do call myself a feminist. Even though I took my husband’s surname when I married and sometimes shave my armpits, I own the title. And look here darlings: you don’t have to march at Slutwalk to be a feminist; it’s about believing women should be treated with equal respect to men. With that terribly…