Regarding COVID-19

Our solidarity and thoughts are with all those affected

From the team here at MWF, we’d like to acknowledge that many in our community and the wider arts and publishing industries face a challenging time ahead. Our solidarity and thoughts are with all those affected.

You may now know that MWF Major Partner State Library Victoria has closed all of its public spaces effective Monday 16 March as a precautionary measure in response to the developing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

At this stage, the 2020 Melbourne Writers Festival will go ahead on 7–16 August. Our team will continue to program and deliver an extraordinary and vital Festival.

As we continue to work closely with government to monitor the situation as it unfolds, we encourage you to visit our website and follow our social media for MWF updates.

In the meantime, we urge everyone to continue to follow the advice of government health authorities with regard to maintaining good hygiene practices. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health.

We wish everyone the very best during this time and look forward to seeing you at the Festival in August.

Published 16/03/20