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August 19, 2014

MY 5 PACK: HON HEIDI VICTORIA MP

What can I say? Spoilt for choice. I’d love a Festival 50 pack – but if has to be five, and only five, then here, after much agonising, are the five I’d select… Voice: Language in Literature I was pleased to present Melbourne writer and slam poet Maxine Beneba Clark with the 2013 Victorian Premier’s […]

August 18, 2014

DIGITAL REPORTERS: EMMA’S FESTIVAL PICKS

They say writing’s a solitary pursuit, but as a writer I find little more valuable than sharing and collaboration. That’s why I’m so excited that this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival is all about getting involved, and I reckon I’ve picked a bunch of events that’ll have you bursting with inspiration from the beginning of the […]

August 15, 2014

MY 5 PACK: STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA’S SUE ROBERTS

What an amazing festival. It’s an embarrassment of riches. My top five? Here we go: Handwriting with Philip Hensher There is something so compelling, personal and intimate in handwriting. I’ve seen some amazing handwritten documents at the State Library. Most recently Les Misérables in Victor Hugo’s own hand and the quills that he used to […]

THEN AND NOW: YA BOOKS WE LOVED (AND STILL LOVE)

These days, Young Adult titles are not always just for teenagers (In fact, 55% of YA titles are bought by adults). Here are some of the MWF team’s favourite books they read as teenagers that they still love today. On Fortune’s Wheel by Cynthia Voigt As a teen I loved On Fortune’s Wheel by Cynthia […]

August 14, 2014

CLARE WRIGHT ON FORGETTING: A PREVIEW  

Ever since I was a little girl and started poking and prodding the world with my infernal curiosity for historical detail, my mum has had one answer to almost all of my questions. Me: How old were you when you bought your first bra, Mum? What did you wear to your Prom? Did your date […]

August 13, 2014

FESTIVAL FEVER!

Win a 5 Pack of tickets to Melbourne Writers Festival AND a 5 Pack to Melbourne Fringe Festival. That’s 10 tickets in total! (plus a bonus event on a Friday for free at #MWF14). Want to win this festival overload? In 25 words or less, simply answer the question: Why do you love festivals in Melbourne? […]

August 12, 2014

DIGITAL REPORTERS: MICHELLE’S FESTIVAL PICKS

When presented with a “choose your own adventure” book I panic, and then cheat. I cannot help myself. I peek at the consequence. I am now required to select just a few events out of the hundreds on offer this year. After going through the guide and circling nearly every event I did, eventually, decided […]

OUR FESTIVAL PICKS

Admittedly, when I saw this year’s spread of art, music, food, and travel, I was a little overwhelmed too. Unsure of which events to book in for? Here are some of our team’s must-see events: A Little History: Photographing Nick Cave I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a Nick Cave tragic and will proudly take […]

August 11, 2014

JOIN THE CONVERSATION WITH TALKING POINTS

Talking Points brings you six intriguing events guaranteed to spark debate, curiosity and new opinions on current affairs topics making headlines today. A highlight of The Agenda. Here’s the six thought-provoking topics Melbourne Writers Festival has ready for you to start wrapping your head around. Putin’s Russia Leading Russian journalist and author Masha Gessen considers […]

August 8, 2014

TAKE ME AWAY: WHERE I LIKE TO READ

Whether you like to read on the go, at home, in bed or poolside with a margarita in hand, reading can take you just about anywhere. Does fantasy writing help you escape the chaos of Richmond train station during peak hour? Or is a good crime novel perfected when read huddled away from Melbourne’s winter […]

August 7, 2014

DIGITAL REPORTERS: JOEL’S FESTIVAL PICKS

With Melbourne Writers Festival just a couple of weeks away, it’s a big hello from me. As one of your intrepid MWF Digital Reporters, we’re here to make your life a whole lot simpler – finding and reporting on the surprising, the quirky, the innovative and the insightful throughout the ten days of the Festival. […]

August 5, 2014

REVIEWER FOR A DAY

I am a lover of blogs, I admit. I love the fact that all over the world authors, artists, photographers, poets, anyone really with a creative-bent and access to a computer, is able to offer their thoughts on things happening around them, in both the broadest context and the most personal. I enjoy the immediacy, […]