What’s on this week at MWF19

The first weekend of the Festival may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to stimulate the senses as we move into the week ahead.

In our Melbourne Masterclass series, the works of Stella Prize winner Emily Bitto and multi-dimensional Maria Tumarkin will be dissected by an expert host before the authors themselves join the stage for an in-conversation and audience Q&A.

A line-up of activists and academics dissect the Change the Date debate in a special Blak & Bright and MWF19 collaboration, Deborah Lipstadt proposes a way forward in a hostile and divided world, and Guardian Australia journalists unpack the Deaths Inside investigation.

In some special Festival Highlights, Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson speaks to Benjamin Law about activism, the power of politics translated through social media and why it’s so important to keep hope alive, author of Marvel’s Ironheart series – chronicling the alter ego of a black teenage genius who engineers her own super suit – Eve L Ewing talks to Sami Shah about what power and justice mean to her, and Giramondo publisher Ivor Indyk is joined by award-winning author Alexis Wright for the Boisbouvier Oration.

Throughout the week, stop by The Museum of Broken Relationships open 12-6pm daily, including a free talk with contributor to Split Fiona Wright. Shannyn Higgins’ Duality exhibit is also on daily display at KSR Art Bar, with a free in-conversation with profiled artists Madeleine Dore and Shawn Lu on Tuesday evening.

Enjoy a night of song, spoken word and dance as you weave between body-art exhibits from Samoa, Japan and locally at Salon X, or settle in for a screening of Praise, the film adaptation of the literary masterpiece by the late Andrew McGahan.

Lean into a week of words ahead. See you at MWF19.