Festival Program

Special Event

Closing Night Party: You Are There

Sun 2 Sep, 7pm
Melbourne Museum

Join us for a full musical performance by the soaringly beautiful Megan Washington as we farewell the Festival for another year.

The final night of MWF celebrates what it means to let go, as an amazing line-up of writers pay tribute to something or someone loved and lost in a night of ritual, healing and farewell. Featuring incredible readings from Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jessie Cole, Sophie Cunningham, Kate Holden, Mariam Issa and Maria Tumarkin.

Then revel in an extraordinary musical set by the award-winning chanteuse inside the walls of the iconic Melbourne Museum, and continue the party with drinks and dancing into the night. Hosted by Rafeif Ismail.

Doors and bar open 7pm, followed by party till late.

This session is $50/$45.

Supported by Belong


2 hours

Session code





Session Artists

Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Poet Ali Cobby Eckerman is the author of seven books, including the verse novel Ruby Moonlight, the poetry collection Inside my Mother and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry. In 2017 she was awarded Yale University's Windham Campbell Prize in Poetry.

Jessie Cole is the author of two novels: Darkness on the Edge of Town and Deeper Water. Her new memoir Staying is about the importance of home, family, forgiveness and finding peace in a place of pain.

Sophie Cunningham has been on the publishing scene in Australia for more than thirty years. She has had four books published and is currently finishing a collection of essays, #treeoftheday, due out in 2019, and her third novel, This Devastating Fever. She is an adjunct professor with RMIT University’s Non/fiction Lab.

Kate Holden is the author of the memoirs In My Skin: A Memoir and The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days. She wrote a long-running column for The Age and has published features, reviews, essays and short stories in all the major Australian journals and newspapers.

Rafeif Ismail is the winner of the 2017 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing. Her work has been published by Margaret River Press, Fremantle Press, Mascara Literary Review and Djed Press.

From Somalia’s war-tone Mogadishu, to the world’s most liveable city Melbourne, to opening her backyard as a community garden and a healing space for women, to becoming an author of A Resilient Life, to inspiring one million women to unlock their potential, Issa passionately believes all we need to overcome adversity is the stretch of the imagination.

Maria Tumarkin is a writer and cultural historian. Her latest book Axiomatic was published by Brow Books this year.

Megan Washington is a multiple ARIA award winner, who also took out the inaugural Vanda & Young songwriter competition. Washington’s debut album I Believe You Liar debuted at #3 & was certified platinum. A host of radio hits including ‘Sunday Best’, ‘Holy Moses’ & from sophomore album ‘Limitless’ & Who Are You’, Washington personifies the word ‘chanteuse’.

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