Festival Program


Music & Writing

Sat 1 Sep, 1pm
ACMI Cinema 1

Three vastly different musicians and authors – memoirist and songwriter Dave Graney (guitar), comedian and memoirist Hung Le (violin) and literary fiction author John Tesarsch (cello) – discuss the influence of music on their writing, with live performances. Hosted by Lee Kofman.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.

Supported by Affirm Press


1 hour

Session code


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Inspired Music



Session Artists

Dave Graney played with the Moodists from 1978 to 1986, then with the White Buffaloes/Coral Snakes from 1987-1997, before performing in the Royal Dave Graney Show and Lurid Yellow Mist. Graney has been involved in roughly 30 album releases and is the author of three books, the most recent of which, WORKSHY, was released in October 2017. Graney presents a radio show on Melbourne’s 3RRR102.7FM every week.

Lee Kofman is the author of four books, including the memoir The Dangerous Bride and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters, an anthology of memoir featuring prominent Australian authors. Her short works have been widely published in Australia and overseas. Her next two books of creative nonfiction will be out in 2019.

Hung Le was one of the first Vietnamese refugees to arrive in Australia by boat and has gone on to build a successful comedy career, appearing at major festivals worldwide. He has made documentaries for the ABC, SBS, and the Discovery Channel and his memoir The Crappiest Refugee was published in 2018.

John Tesarsch is the author of acclaimed novels The Philanthropist (2010), The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman (2015) and Dinner with the Dissidents (2018). He lives with his wife and two children in Melbourne where he works as a barrister and lectures in law at the University of Melbourne.

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