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August 1, 2014

DAVID ASTLE: MY FESTIVAL 5 PACK

Be quick or be dead when it comes to buying a Festival 5 Pack. I’ve only just learnt how speedy you need to be, with two of my top choices already sold out. So if you’re reading this sentence, don’t. Better to act now. Go forth and herd thy five cats, take a Snapchat, and […]

July 29, 2014

INTRODUCING OUR DIGITAL REPORTERS

Melbourne Writers Festival is super excited to introduce our 2014 Digital Reporters! With the support of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, each reporter will be covering events at MWF and will have exclusive access to our festival artists. During the Festival come meet our reporters at the EWF Digital Reporters’ Mid-Festival Round-Up on Wednesday 27 August to hear about their week as a reporter, […]

July 23, 2014

WHY FOOD, WINE & TRAVEL?

We ask Yasmeen Richards, Artist Liaison & Program Coordinator at MWF and author of the blog Wandering Spice, about how she came about curating the new Food, Wine & Travel stream for #MWF14. Why food & wine programming? Melbourne Writers Festival does literary and current events so beautifully, so it was a natural move to expand […]

July 11, 2014

WHEN READER MEETS WRITER

We often feel a certain closeness to an author having spent so much time with our heads in their books. As the reader, we gain an intimate access into their world through the words on the pages. But when the unique opportunity comes around to meet one of your literary idols, boy can it be rewarding! Here […]

July 4, 2014

FAVOURITE CHARACTER FROM A BOOK

One of the greatest things about reading books is their ability to transport us to another time. They give us power to enter a new world if only to escape the reality of our day for a few blissful moments. Having a favourite character from a book is our connection to a place where the impossible becomes possible. […]

July 1, 2014

WANTED: DIGITAL REPORTERS

Melbourne Writers Festival together with the Emerging Writers’ Festival is on the lookout for four Digital Reporters to become the voice of MWF across the Festival. Digital Reporters will be given inside access to MWF with exclusive invitations to MWF events and parties, professional development support from the Emerging Writers’ Festival and a small stipend. […]

June 25, 2014

CHRIS HADFIELD AT #MWF14

There is something so fascinating about astronauts – they are an elite group who have literally gone out of this world, and seen our earth from another perspective. Like millions of viewers around the world last year, I was absolutely delighted when Chris Hadfield released his viral Youtube sensation Space Oddity, filmed on board the […]

June 16, 2014

FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOKS

Books are a magical part of childhood. Here are some of the MWF team’s favourite childhood reads. Tintin by Herge Every time we went to the library (living in the country, it was half an hour’s drive away and a special treat) I would go straight to the Tintin section. Tintin made me want to […]

June 12, 2014

MWF HEARTS OSLO DAVIS

Oslo Davis draws cartoons for Melbourne’s The Age as well as a weekly cartoon called Overheard in the Sunday Age. MWF loves his illustrations and we know you do too! Oslo has long been a Festival favourite, and we are proud to provide a platform for his work alongside the 350+ Victorian writers, commentators and illustrators we feature in our […]

June 10, 2014

CLAIRE ZORN: WRITER VS WEIRDO

I used to write a lot of stories, but I stopped in my early teens because I had these notions of the sort of person a writer should be and they didn’t match the person I was. I spent a lot of time in my head as a kid. I would imagine up these intricate […]

June 2, 2014

WILL KOSTAKIS: WRITING IDENTITY

There’s more than one kind of Australian. We are a nation of different cultural heritages, languages, beliefs and families constantly colliding with one another, but consuming local media, you wouldn’t know it. If an Indian family bought the house down the street, you wouldn’t bat an eyelid. In 2011, the Kapoor family moving to Ramsey […]

May 26, 2014

THOUGHT FOR FOOD

Food: one of Melbourne’s many creative obsessions. Making it, eating it, and certainly writing about it. I’m thrilled to be on Emerging Writers’ Festival’s ‘Thought for Food’ panel, coming up on Wednesday 28 May. The panel will bring together four Melbourne food writers who have defined their niche in the expansive blogosphere and learned the art […]