Meet the international icons and local legends heading up this year's Highlight sessions.
What does it feel like to see your novel transformed into something new on the screen? Three powerhouse authors discuss adaptation.
New York Times bestselling essayist Sloane Crosley discusses her new essay collection Look Alive Out There, covering warring with her neighbour's teenagers to climbing in Ecuador.
Writer of Ironheart Eve L Ewing speaks about what it’s like to work at Marvel, and what heroism and justice mean to her.
Bid farewell to MWF19 with four brilliant artists reading a new piece about their own last goodbye – followed by live music.
Through the lens of this year's theme, When We Talk About Love, hear stories of resilience, of heartbreak and letting go, of family bodies and home.
Three writers unpack what it means to be labelled ‘disgusting’ and how it informs the queer experience. Can it be reclaimed? Should it?
Authors Emiliano Monge and Joanne Ramos discuss the politics of the body and their recent books about trafficking and the ‘fertility economy’.
What would your perfect future look like? A thoughtful panel pen pieces on their dream tomorrow.
Why aren't more artists exploring the concepts of sex, desire and the body past middle age? Dennis Altman, Patricia Cornelius, Andrea Goldsmith and Alex Miller discuss.
As well as celebrating a love of words, Melbourne Writers Festival is an examination of what fuels our creative craft – and the personal costs of creating art.
An intimate evening of embodied storytelling and performances from artists including Lay the Mystic, Ryuichi Fujimura and Aniva collective on themes of self-love, body positivity and intersectionality, alongside museum exhibitions that explore tattoo, community and identity from Samoa, Japan and locally.
Melanie Cheng takes you on a personal discovery, sharing her own reflections on Melbourne Museum’s fascinating Gut Feelings exhibition.
Being an activist can be costly in terms of career, family and mental health. Four campaigners share how to best survive.
All art initiates from a kernel of truth or experience – but what is the artist's responsibility to contextualise their work? Four artists discuss.