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2—11 Sep 2022. #MelbourneWritersFestival

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16/03/2022

We are seeking an experienced sales and ticketing professional to join our team in the role of Sales and Ticketing Manager. To see the position description, please visit our website.

Applications close 5pm (AEDT), Wed 30 Mar.

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Podcast: Novelist Rachel Cusk (Outline trilogy) speaks with interviewer Sophie Black about her newest work, Second Place...
02/03/2022
Rachel Cusk: Second Place - Melbourne Writers Festival - Omny.fm

Podcast: Novelist Rachel Cusk (Outline trilogy) speaks with interviewer Sophie Black about her newest work, Second Place, and her prolific career at large.

#Podcast #RachelCusk #Fiction

Rachel Cusk’s breakaway Outline trilogy was heralded as nothing short of a reinvention of the novel, unfolding across a series of conversations with a withholding narrator. Her newest work, Second Place, extends the themes of female fate and male privilege to encompass the murky link between art ...

Join Clem Bastow (Late Bloomer), Jamie Marina Lau (Gunk Baby) and Sam van Zweden (Eating with my Mouth Open) for a free ...
22/02/2022
Melbourne Writers Festival - Reading the Mind

Join Clem Bastow (Late Bloomer), Jamie Marina Lau (Gunk Baby) and Sam van Zweden (Eating with my Mouth Open) for a free Auslan-interpreted discussion on writing and the mind with Leah Jing McIntosh on Thu 7 Apr at Science Gallery Melbourne.

Spots are limited, so book now!

In partnership with Science Gallery Melbourne

#AustralianAuthor #Writing #MentalHealth

Clem Bastow, Jamie Marina Lau and Sam van Zweden discuss the mind, mental health and writing with Leah Jing McIntosh.

Podcast: Prize-winning novelists Larissa Behrendt (After Story) and Steven Carroll (O) reflect on how literature from lo...
22/02/2022
What's Left Unsaid - Melbourne Writers Festival - Omny.fm

Podcast: Prize-winning novelists Larissa Behrendt (After Story) and Steven Carroll (O) reflect on how literature from long ago can lead us to truths once left unsaid, with moderator Clare Wright.

#Podcast #AustralianAuthor #FirstNationsStorytelling

Prize–winning novelists Larissa Behrendt and Steven Carroll reflect on how literature from long ago can lead us to truths once left unsaid. Behrendt sets the Western literary canon beside First Nations storytelling in After Story, in which an Indigenous lawyer and her mother tour England’s most ...

Podcast: Bridget Hustwaite (How to Endo) and Jacinta Parsons (Unseen) reflect on the challenging path to diagnosis, how ...
15/02/2022
But You Don't Look Sick - Melbourne Writers Festival - Omny.fm

Podcast: Bridget Hustwaite (How to Endo) and Jacinta Parsons (Unseen) reflect on the challenging path to diagnosis, how the medical system ignores women, and the complex dynamic between those living with illness, their bodies, and society at large.

#Podcast #Endometriosis #CrohnsDisease #ChronicIllness #NotAllDisabilitiesAreVisible

Nearly half of Australians live with a chronic illness, but many of these conditions are invisible and endured in secrecy. Triple J presenter and How to Endo author Bridget Hustwaite teams up with ABC Radio presenter and Unseen author Jacinta Parsons to speak with Jamila Rizvi about living...

Podcast: Hear from acclaimed new talents Ella Baxter and Allee Richards as they speak to Elizabeth McCarthy about their ...
09/02/2022
The Mourning After - Melbourne Writers Festival - Omny.fm

Podcast: Hear from acclaimed new talents Ella Baxter and Allee Richards as they speak to Elizabeth McCarthy about their debut novels, which each brings unique perspective to the story of a young woman navigating sudden loss and grief.

Listen now on all major podcast platforms.

#Podcast #AustralianAuthor #ContemporaryFiction

Hear from acclaimed new talents Ella Baxter and Allee Richards as they speak to Elizabeth McCarthy about their debut novels, which each brings unique perspective to the story of a young woman navigating sudden loss and grief. Baxter’s New Animal is the ‘profound, profane and darkly hilarious’ ...

Podcast: debut author FlexMami chats with Matilda Boseley about her book The Success Experiment—detailing how she transf...
07/02/2022
Lillian Ahenkan: The Success Experiment - Melbourne Writers Festival - Omny.fm

Podcast: debut author FlexMami chats with Matilda Boseley about her book The Success Experiment—detailing how she transformed herself from a two-time uni drop-out and a career that paid in burnout into a highly sought-after media personality.

#MelbourneWritersFestival #Podcast

Known to some 150,000 Instagram followers as Flex Mami, Lillian Ahenkan is a presenter, podcaster and influencer who uses her platform to explore everything from therapy to DIY decorating to racism. She chats with Matilda Boseley about her debut book The Success Experiment—detailing how she transf...

Join award-winning writers Tara June Winch (The Yield), Charmaine Papertalk Green (Nganajungu Yagu) and Claire G Coleman...
01/02/2022
Words in Progress - Blak & Bright

Join award-winning writers Tara June Winch (The Yield), Charmaine Papertalk Green (Nganajungu Yagu) and Claire G Coleman (The Old Lie) as they discuss the how, when, where, what and why of their writing practices, with Declan Fry.

In partnership with Blak & Bright Festival

#BlakWordsLive #BlakAndBright

The how, when, where, what and why of their writing practices. With Tara June Winch, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Claire G. Coleman and moderated Declan Fry.

Podcast: Join The Australian Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi as she recounts arriving from Pakistan in 1992 with a young f...
01/02/2022
Mehreen Faruqi: Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud - Melbourne Writers Festival - Omny.fm

Podcast: Join The Australian Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi as she recounts arriving from Pakistan in 1992 with a young family, her career as a civil and environmental engineer, and her ascent as a political outsider in a white man’s world, striving to change it without being changed. With Tasneem Chopra OAM.

#MelbourneWritersFestival #Podcast

The first Muslim woman to sit in an Australian parliament, Greens senator and life-long feminist and anti-racism activist Mehreen Faruqi tells her story in the no-holds-barred memoir Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud. Join her as she recounts arriving from Pakistan in 1992 with a young family and tw...

Podcast: Join Gunai/Kurnai writer Veronica Heritage-Gorrie (Black and Blue) and activist and thinker Randa Abdel-Fattah ...
23/01/2022
Australia and the End of Empire - Melbourne Writers Festival - Omny.fm

Podcast: Join Gunai/Kurnai writer Veronica Heritage-Gorrie (Black and Blue) and activist and thinker Randa Abdel-Fattah (Coming of Age in the War on Terror) as they examine how modern-day racism is bound to the violence and traumas of colonisation, and how we can forge a path forward. With Roj Amedi.

#MelbourneWritersFestival #Podcast

Two authors confront the impossibility of untangling the enduring racism of Australia without seriously reckoning with the ongoing dispossession and genocide of First Nations people. Join Gunai/Kurnai writer Veronica Heritage-Gorrie (Black and Blue) and activist and thinker Randa Abdel-Fattah (Comin...

Podcast: Hear from authors Meg Mason (Sorrow and Bliss) and Claire Thomas (The Performance) as they discuss their breakt...
19/01/2022
Internal Affairs - Melbourne Writers Festival - Omny.fm

Podcast: Hear from authors Meg Mason (Sorrow and Bliss) and
Claire Thomas (The Performance) as they discuss their breakthrough novels which conjure nuanced depictions of women’s interior lives.

#MelbourneWritersFestival #Podcast

Hear from two of the country’s most refreshingly distinct literary voices as they discuss their breakthrough novels which both conjure nuanced depictions of women’s interior lives. Meg Mason‘s Sorrow and Bliss is a bleakly funny coming-of-age confessional that has drawn comparisons to Phoeb...

Podcast: Hear Laura Elizabeth Woollett (The Newcomer) and Mark Brandi (The Others) shed light on sensitively shaping cri...
13/01/2022
The Ties That Bind - Melbourne Writers Festival - Omny.fm

Podcast: Hear Laura Elizabeth Woollett (The Newcomer) and Mark Brandi (The Others) shed light on sensitively shaping crime novels depicting a parent-child relationship, with Elizabeth McCarthy.

Critically acclaimed Australian authors Laura Elizabeth Woollett and Mark Brandi shed light on sensitively shaping crime novels that depict the relationship between a parent and child, in conversation with Elizabeth McCarthy. Woollett’s The Newcomer is a delicately wrought story of a young ...

Happy holidays from the MWF team! 🌻⁠⁠We sincerely thank the community of writers, readers and supporters who have rallie...
24/12/2021
Melbourne Writers Festival - Our summer reading guide

Happy holidays from the MWF team! 🌻⁠

We sincerely thank the community of writers, readers and supporters who have rallied around us, logged onto our online events, listened to our podcasts, bought books from Readings and made donations of any size.⁠

If you’d like to mark your calendars, Melbourne Writers Festival returns next 2—11 September and the program launches in late July. Passes and gift vouchers are on sale now.⁠

We're taking a short break for now, with our office re-opening on Tuesday 4 January. In the meantime, pick your next reads from our summer reading guide.

Wishing you a happy and safe summer!⁠

#MelbourneWritersFestival

It’s impossible, impolite even, for writers’ festival programmers to play favourites and attempt to whittle down the hundreds of books we’ve collectively read this year into a concise summer reading list. The joy of this job is its limitless potential: in a normal year (remember those?), we ha...

Podcast: Beloved writers Alice Pung and Emily Maguire share insights into their new novels One Hundred Days and Love Obj...
24/11/2021
Relative Chaos - Melbourne Writers Festival - Omny.fm

Podcast: Beloved writers Alice Pung and Emily Maguire share insights into their new novels One Hundred Days and Love Objects—two fearlessly rendered works that explore the fault lines of class, family and love. With Elizabeth McCarthy.

New MWF podcast episodes are released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Listen now on all major podcast platforms.

Learn more: https://mwf.com.au/podcast-series-2021/

#MelbourneWritersFestival #Podcast

Much-loved writers Emily Maguire (Love Objects) and Alice Pung (One Hundred Days) share insight into their new novels, which explore class, family and love, with Elizabeth McCarthy. Recorded for MWF in 2021. Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund 

Melbourne Writers Festival seeks a knowledgeable and innovative First Nations Programmer to work closely with the Artist...
17/11/2021
Melbourne Writers Festival - Work with MWF

Melbourne Writers Festival seeks a knowledgeable and innovative First Nations Programmer to work closely with the Artistic Director, Associate Director and Program Manager to curate the annual Festival, and successfully engage artists and audiences, ensuring that First Nations perspectives are broadly represented across the program.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 17 December 2021.

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the special measures provision, section 12(1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (VIC).

For more information and to apply, visit our website.

#MelbourneWritersFestival #FirstNations #Jobs #Employment #PublicProgramming #Festival

Join the team at Australia's boldest literary festival.

Don't miss an electrifying line-up of First Nations poets performing works that traverse the end of empire and celebrate...
09/11/2021
First Nations Poets: Tell Us How It Ends

Don't miss an electrifying line-up of First Nations poets performing works that traverse the end of empire and celebrate cultural resistance. Featuring Evelyn Araluen, Maya Hodge and Jazz Money.

Tonight, 6.30pm AEDT. The event will be #Auslan interpreted.

Register here: https://tickets.mwf.com.au/Events/First-Nations-Poets-Tell-Us-How-It-Ends

#MelbourneWritersFestival #FirstNations

An incredible line-up of First Nations poets perform works speaking to this year’s Festival theme, Tell Me How It Ends, in an event hosted by Bridget Caldwell-Bright. Featuring Evelyn Araluen, Maya...

This evening, hear from Indigenous Australian critics and essayists Declan Fry, Alison Whittaker and Tristen Harwood as ...
02/11/2021
The Art of Blak Critique

This evening, hear from Indigenous Australian critics and essayists Declan Fry, Alison Whittaker and Tristen Harwood as they discuss the importance of Blak critique and peer review in a predominantly white review culture, with editor Bridget Caldwell-Bright.

The event will be Auslan interpreted. Tonight, 6.30pm AEDT.

Register here: https://tickets.mwf.com.au/Events/The-Art-of-Blak-Critique

#MelbourneWritersFestival #FirstNations

A panel of First Nations critics, reviewers and essayists discuss the importance of Blak critique and peer review. Featuring Bridget Caldwell-Bright in conversation with Declan Fry, Tristen Harwood...

How can the flexible form of poetry vivify Indigenous storylines, languages and connections to Country?Tomorrow evening,...
26/10/2021
Lines of Inquiry: Indigenous Poetry

How can the flexible form of poetry vivify Indigenous storylines, languages and connections to Country?

Tomorrow evening, join celebrated Noongar author Claire G Coleman, Windham-Campbell Prize–winning Yankunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann, and award-winning Munanjali poet Samuel Wagan Watson as they bring fresh perspective to our past, present and future, with Professor Marcia Langton.

The event will be Auslan interpreted. Wed 27 Oct, 6.30pm AEDT.

Register here: https://tickets.mwf.com.au/Events/Lines-of-Inquiry-Indigenous-Poetry

#MelbourneWritersFestival #FirstNations

Marcia Langton speaks with Indigenous poets Claire G Coleman, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Samuel Wagan Watson about how their work is bringing fresh perspective to our past, present and future.

Our partner Vision Australia is presenting a fascinating showcase of accessible reading this November. The free online e...
20/10/2021
Melbourne Writers Festival - Read My Way

Our partner Vision Australia is presenting a fascinating showcase of accessible reading this November. The free online event includes a panel discussion about alternative reading formats, an up-close look at literacy kits from their children's library, braille, and more.

2pm AEDT, Sun 14 Nov. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Join Vision Australia for an engaging panel discussion about alternative reading formats, its radio studio and children's library, and more.

20/10/2021
CALL OUT FOR COMMISSIONS: 10 IN 10 - ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Applications are open for First Nations writers to write a 10-minute play in 10 days—with the help of a $2000 commission!

Submit your script idea in 200 words or less to Ilbijerri Theatre Company by midnight, Fri 22 Oct.

Applications are now open for First Nations writers – to write a 10-minute play in 10 days – with the help of a $2000 commission!

This evening, join leading Indigenous novelists Melissa Lucashenko, Nardi Simpson and Karen Wyld as they discuss the pow...
20/10/2021
The New Wave of First Nations Fiction

This evening, join leading Indigenous novelists Melissa Lucashenko, Nardi Simpson and Karen Wyld as they discuss the power of fiction to illuminate First Nations histories, cultures, and ways of thinking, with Professor Marcia Langton.

The event will be Auslan interpreted. Tonight, 6.30pm AEDT.

Register here: https://tickets.mwf.com.au/Events/The-New-Wave-of-First-Nations-Fiction

#MelbourneWritersFestival #FirstNations

Melissa Lucashenko, Nardi Simpson and Karen Wyld talk about the power of First Nations fiction to illuminate history, culture and ways of thinking in conversation with Marcia Langton.

⏳ Tonight at 6.30pm, tune in to the first event in our First Nations Curators series!In a free online conversation, Prof...
13/10/2021
Uncomfortable Truths from Unceded Land

⏳ Tonight at 6.30pm, tune in to the first event in our First Nations Curators series!

In a free online conversation, Professor Marcia Langton and some of the country’s most respected non-fiction writers, including Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi journalist Stan Grant, Torres Strait Islander author Thomas Mayor and historian Henry Reynolds will uncover the First Nations histories, politics and ideas informing their work.

The event will be Auslan interpreted.

Register here: https://tickets.mwf.com.au/Events/Uncomfortable-Truths-from-Unceded-Land

#MelbourneWritersFestival #FirstNations

Non-fiction writers Stan Grant, Thomas Mayor and Henry Reynolds discuss the First Nations histories, politics and ideas that inform their work, on stage with Marcia Langton.

We're excited to launch our free podcast series! Join Australia’s finest minds as they provide comfort, seek answers to ...
13/10/2021
Melbourne Writers Festival - Podcast series 2021

We're excited to launch our free podcast series! Join Australia’s finest minds as they provide comfort, seek answers to impossible questions, and imagine a new way forward. Featuring Stan Grant, Abbas Nazari, Sarah Krasnostein, Lech Blaine, Melissa Manning and more.

The first six episodes are available now, with more to be released weekly.

Listen on all major podcast platforms.

Supported by Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund

#MelbourneWritersFestival #Podcast

Join Australia's finest minds as they provide comfort, seek answers to impossible questions, and imagine a new way forward.

‘We have invited writers to tell us their deepest thoughts about the predicament of being simultaneously Indigenous peop...
06/10/2021
Melbourne Writers Festival - First Nations Curators

‘We have invited writers to tell us their deepest thoughts about the predicament of being simultaneously Indigenous people and global citizens in our Brave New World.’ — Professor Marcia Langton

Throughout October and November, MWF presents programming from two leading First Nations curators—renowned academic and public intellectual Marcia Langton and Jingili Mudburra editor Bridget Caldwell-Bright.

Hear from the country’s most respected political commentators, novelists, poets and critics, including Stan Grant, Melissa Lucashenko, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Evelyn Araluen and Declan Fry in a series of live digital events hosted by Langton and Caldwell-Bright.

Explore the full series now.

#MelbourneWritersFestival

Explore events curated by Professor Marcia Langton and Jingili Mudburra editor Bridget Caldwell-Bright for this year's festival.

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We are seeking an experienced sales and ticketing professional to join our team in the role of Sales and Ticketing Manager. To see the position description, please visit our website. Applications close 5pm (AEDT), Wed 30 Mar. https://mwf.com.au/about/work-with-us/
Podcast: Novelist Rachel Cusk (Outline trilogy) speaks with interviewer Sophie Black about her newest work, Second Place, and her prolific career at large. #Podcast #RachelCusk #Fiction
Join Clem Bastow (Late Bloomer), Jamie Marina Lau (Gunk Baby) and Sam van Zweden (Eating with my Mouth Open) for a free Auslan-interpreted discussion on writing and the mind with Leah Jing McIntosh on Thu 7 Apr at Science Gallery Melbourne. Spots are limited, so book now! In partnership with Science Gallery Melbourne #AustralianAuthor #Writing #MentalHealth
Podcast: Prize-winning novelists Larissa Behrendt (After Story) and Steven Carroll (O) reflect on how literature from long ago can lead us to truths once left unsaid, with moderator Clare Wright. #Podcast #AustralianAuthor #FirstNationsStorytelling
Podcast: Bridget Hustwaite (How to Endo) and Jacinta Parsons (Unseen) reflect on the challenging path to diagnosis, how the medical system ignores women, and the complex dynamic between those living with illness, their bodies, and society at large. #Podcast #Endometriosis #CrohnsDisease #ChronicIllness #NotAllDisabilitiesAreVisible
Podcast: Hear from acclaimed new talents Ella Baxter and Allee Richards as they speak to Elizabeth McCarthy about their debut novels, which each brings unique perspective to the story of a young woman navigating sudden loss and grief. Listen now on all major podcast platforms. #Podcast #AustralianAuthor #ContemporaryFiction
Podcast: debut author FlexMami chats with Matilda Boseley about her book The Success Experiment—detailing how she transformed herself from a two-time uni drop-out and a career that paid in burnout into a highly sought-after media personality. #MelbourneWritersFestival #Podcast
Podcast: Join The Australian Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi as she recounts arriving from Pakistan in 1992 with a young family, her career as a civil and environmental engineer, and her ascent as a political outsider in a white man’s world, striving to change it without being changed. With Tasneem Chopra OAM. #MelbourneWritersFestival #Podcast
Podcast: Join Gunai/Kurnai writer Veronica Heritage-Gorrie (Black and Blue) and activist and thinker Randa Abdel-Fattah (Coming of Age in the War on Terror) as they examine how modern-day racism is bound to the violence and traumas of colonisation, and how we can forge a path forward. With Roj Amedi. #MelbourneWritersFestival #Podcast
Podcast: Hear from authors Meg Mason (Sorrow and Bliss) and Claire Thomas (The Performance) as they discuss their breakthrough novels which conjure nuanced depictions of women’s interior lives. #MelbourneWritersFestival #Podcast
Podcast: Hear Laura Elizabeth Woollett (The Newcomer) and Mark Brandi (The Others) shed light on sensitively shaping crime novels depicting a parent-child relationship, with Elizabeth McCarthy.
Happy holidays from the MWF team! 🌻⁠ ⁠ We sincerely thank the community of writers, readers and supporters who have rallied around us, logged onto our online events, listened to our podcasts, bought books from Readings and made donations of any size.⁠ ⁠ If you’d like to mark your calendars, Melbourne Writers Festival returns next 2—11 September and the program launches in late July. Passes and gift vouchers are on sale now.⁠ ⁠ We're taking a short break for now, with our office re-opening on Tuesday 4 January. In the meantime, pick your next reads from our summer reading guide. ⁠ Wishing you a happy and safe summer!⁠ #MelbourneWritersFestival