Festival Program


Vale: A Writer

Sat 1 Sep, 2.30pm
Mission to Seafarers Main Bar

From dusty annals of literary obituaries come departed authors you may never have heard of, but who absolutely deserve your attention. Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Alice Pung, Andrew P Street and Jamila Rizvi deliver personally written eulogies for their favourite late writers. Hosted by Michael Williams.

Limited seating with plenty of standing room available.

This session is free, no bookings are required.


1 hour

Session code




Session Artists

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first-generation Australian Sikh spoken-word artist, educator, performer and human rights reformer. She is passionate about diversity and the importance of visibility in the performing arts and her work provokes conversations around identity, feminism, and the power of uncomfortable conversations.

Alice Pung is an award-winning Melbourne author and editor of ten books, including the bestselling Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and Laurinda. Her latest book is Writers on Writers: Alice Pung on John Marsden.

Jamila Rizvi is the author of Not Just Lucky, a best-selling career manifesto for millennial women. She has also edited The Motherhood, a new compilation of letters by famous Australian mums. Rizvi writes a regular column on politics and gender, works as a television and radio presenter, and is board member of the Melbourne Writers' Festival.

Andrew P. Street is a Sydney-built, Adelaide-based journalist, author, columnist, podcaster and failed indie rock star. He's written for everything from the Sydney Morning Herald to NME, from Elle to The Guardian to Nova's GOAT, and was accurately described by Penny Wong as "the snarky one".

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011. For 2015–2016 he hosted Blueprint for Living, and now hosts Talkfest, on RN. He remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for the Guardian, the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian and elsewhere.

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