Festival Program

City Program

MWF Gala

Tue 7 Sep, 7pm
State Library Victoria, The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall

Don your best cocktail attire for an evening of literary celebration in the stunning Ian Potter Queen’s Hall at State Library Victoria. The evening includes a conversation with award–winning reporter Louise Milligan and a discussion between celebrated cultural historian Maria Tumarkin and editor and writer Leah Jing McIntosh.

TABLE / $2,400 per table of eight people (including a tax-deductible donation of $1,200*)

INDIVIDUAL / $300 per person (including a tax-deductible donation of $150*)

REGISTRATION / You will be contacted via email in August to provide your dietary and accessibility requirements, including those of the other members of your group if you are booking on behalf of others.

*One tax receipt will be issued per transaction, in the name of the person making the booking.


3 hours


Event artists

Leah Jing McIntosh is a critic and researcher. She also edits Liminal magazine.

Louise Milligan is the bestselling author of the Walkley Award-winning Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell. Her latest highly acclaimed book, Witness, explores the brutal treatment of victims in the criminal justice system, and was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio; she collaborates with sound and visual artists; and she has had her work carved into dockside tiles. She is the author of four books of ideas. The latest, Axiomatic, won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Best Writing Award. 

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