Festival Program

Highlight Event

Closing Night: Last Goodbye

Sun 8 Sep, 7pm
RMIT Storey Hall

Parting is such sweet sorrow. It’s time to bid farewell to MWF19 with one final night of readings and performance, courtesy of four brilliant artists each reading a piece about their own ‘last goodbye’ – to a place, a person, a memory. Featuring reflections on letting go by Sloane Crosley, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Val McDermid, Drew Hayden Taylor and a live music performance by Thando before we raise our glasses one last time.

Supported by Noisy Ritual
Drew Hayden Taylor is supported by the Government of Canada

This event is Auslan interpreted.


1 hour 30 minutes


Session Artists

Sloane Crosley is the author of The New York Times bestselling essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, and How Did You Get This Number, as well as Look Alive Out There, and the bestselling novel, The Clasp. She is featured in The Library of America's 50 Funniest American Writers.

Maude Davey is an actor, writer and director with her primary focus being the creation of new work. She's worked a lot in variety and neo-burlesque as well as in film and TV. Highlights include her acclaimed solo show, My Life In The Nude (2013) on stage and Summer Heights High (2007) on screen.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s novel, Kintu, won the Kwani-Manuscript Project in 2013. Her short story, ‘Let’s Tell This Story Properly’, won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her collection of short stories, Manchester Happened, comes out in May 2019. A recipient of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize 2018. She lectures at Manchester Metropolitan university.

Val McDermid is the author of 22 bestselling novels, which have been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award.

Drew Hayden Taylor is an award winning playwright, novelist, journalist and filmmaker. Born on the Curve Lake First Nation (Anishnawbe), he has done everything from performing stand up comedy at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC to acting as Artistic Director for Canada's premiere Indigenous theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts.

Thando has been heralded as a commanding performer, whose ability to tell a story takes her audience on a journey of loving oneself and reflection. 

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