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Seriously intimate lit.

Get up close and personal with the authors you adore, as they explore the power of words and the writing process.

Conversations

Therapy Couch: Claire G Coleman

Sun 2 Sep, 11.30am
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Therapy Couch invites Clare G Coleman to chat with ‘creative therapist’ Tony Birch about her creative process and new work.

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Author Richard Glover and playwright Debra Oswald share how they live as a couple working in the arts.

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Hear from Alice Pung over afternoon tea and listen to specially selected Reading Victoria works on a Melbourne Star Observation Wheel flight.

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Nayuka Gorrie, Krissy Kneen, Fiona Patten and William Yang discuss the texts that set them on paths toward a more intimate life.

Unpack the issues.

Discover the Festival through the lens of this year's theme, A Matter of Life and Death.

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Hayley Singer: The Fleischgeist

Fri 31 Aug, 2.30pm
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Hayley Singer explores the fleischgeist through novels that tell stories of meaty bodies.

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Black Lives, Refugee Lives

Sat 1 Sep, 1pm
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Gerry Georgatos, Riyadh Al Hakimi and Megan Krakouer discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide and why white Australia looks away.

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They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Sun 26 Aug, 8.30pm
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Courtney Sina Meredith and Triana Hernandez in a conversation and performance event about music in activism and the lyricism of resistance.

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Holy Cow

Fri 31 Aug, 1pm
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Yamini Narayanan reimagines harmonious relations with non-human animals, and examines the sacred bovine in the Hindu imagination.

And now for something completely different.

A writers festival like you've never seen it before, browse through some of our new and noteworthy sessions – from literary tattoos to pet meditation.

Performance

The Crow Family

Fri 31 Aug, 10am
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Maude Davey, David Pidd and their children explore remarkable creatures in this vaudeville inspired intimate event.

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Memento Mori: Beastly Mourning

Sun 26 Aug, 10am
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Hedley Derenzie, Leah Kaminsky, Sam Long and Shaun Tan reflect on what the animal kingdom can teach us about human existence and mortality.

Workshops

Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

Sun 26 Aug, 7.30pm
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Part art, all fun: enjoy a bawdy night out as you sketch and draw MWF artists.

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Staged: Monster / Woman

Sun 26 Aug, 1pm
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A surreal black comedy from theatre-maker Sabrina D’Angelo, following a feminist superhero with snaky locks and a deadly gaze.