Where Do I Start

Whether you’re a reader of literature, news, graphic novels, film and TV reviews, or even memes, there’s definitely something for everyone who reads at MWF 2017.

Don’t know where to start? We’re here to help!

Festival Highlights

For this year’s biggest names, check out our Festival Highlights. From iconic American author Joyce Carol Oates to award-winning Indigenous writer Kim Scott, be provoked, challenged and inspired by these critical, unmissable conversations.

Big Ideas

For stimulating discussion and debate on the hottest topics setting the media ablaze, check out our Big Ideas sessions, supported by The Monthly.

Feminism Plus

We’re taking the conversation around feminism further with these sessions. Join Reni Eddo-Lodge, Clementine Ford, Meena Kandasamy, Laurie Penny, Jenny Valentish and more as they unpack contemporary feminist discourse.

Industry Insights

Budding writers, editors and publishers! Get up and personal with those in the know at our Industry Insights sessions, where you’ll learn the tricks of the trade.

Protest & Persist

Presented in partnership with Right Now, join Jax Jacki Brown, Nayuka Gorrie, Ruby Hamad and other speakers, activists and writers as they deconstruct hot-button topics like identity politics and the exploitation of culture.

Asia What?

What are the ‘authentic’ stories of Asians and ‘Asian-ness’? How are Asian narratives crafted, and as settlers, what are their relationships with Indigenous peoples? Explore these provocations through discussions, performances, workshops and more.

Children & Teens

There’s something for kids of all ages at MWF. There’s workshops for the little ones, a special #LoveOzYA event, and an all-day celebration of 20 years of Harry Potter! And for the young, emerging creatives, we’ve also got some great events at Signal, featuring podcasting tips, creative writing workshops and a chance to ask your favourite YA novelists about their work.

Live & Social

From exhibitions to parties, performances to walks, experience something a little fun and interactive with our Live & Social events.

Local Libraries

Lit lovers based outside of the CBD, fear not – some of the best writers from Australia and abroad are hitting the suburbs for our Local Libraries series. Check out if they’re appearing at a library near you. Those in Melbourne’s southeast also get to explore our free MWF at Dandenong events, as supported by the City of Greater Dandenong.