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Grab your buddies and head to Melbourne’s pubs, clubs, theatres and salons as we take words and storytelling off the page and onto the stage in an entertaining program of social events featuring songwriters, musicians, cabaret artists and poets. From rock’n’roll Shakespeare and a cabaret celebration of Dylan Thomas, to an evening with our favourite oversharers, or the kings and queens of queer literature, you’ll find a lively event to entertain culture vultures, music lovers, night owls and bookworms. Arrive early to enjoy the bar and grab your seat, as seating is limited. THE BOOK CLUB Join Jennifer Byrne with regular panellists Jason Steger and Marieke Hardy for the taping of a MWF edition of the ABC’s The Book Club. Featuring special Festival guests Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings) and Rupert Thompson (Secrecy). A free event, but bookings are essential. Fri 22 Aug, 7pm. ABC, Elsternwick. FREE Visit for booking information.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME? Teenage years are all about ‘firsts’ – first kiss, first car, first broken heart. Join five of Australia’s finest writers for young people in a magical night of revelations, laughter and of course storytelling as Isobelle Carmody, Leanne Hall, Will Kostakis, Michael Pryor and Penny Tangey share their

personal ‘firsts’. Mon 25 Aug, 7.30pm. The Toff in Town. Price: $30/$27 Code: 6504



Shakespeare’s Secret celebrates the

Five young memoirists, Liam Pieper,

sonnets and soliloquies of William Shakespeare with a surprising rock’n’roll twist. Join actor and musician Richard Piper, acoustic wizard Gerry Hale and celebrated Australian actor Helen Morse for a rocking tribute to the Bard.

Summer Land, Michele Lee, Luke Ryan and Carly Findlay, showcase

Sat 23 Aug, 7pm. Bella Union, Trades Hall. Price: $30/$27 Code: 6304

THE RADIO HOUR A spectacular night of non-fiction storytelling. Writers, radio producers and musicians come together to tell stories on the theme ‘When Words Fail’ live on stage. Join host Jaye Kranz with guests including John Safran, Benjamin Walker, NoViolet Bulawayo and Omar Musa for documentary radio

like you’ve never experienced before. Supported by ABC RN Sat 23 Aug, 7pm. Iwaki Auditorium. Price: $30/$27 Code: 6305

DYLAN THOMAS 100 IN CHAPTERS Join the global celebration of Wales’ most famous poet, playwright and author, Dylan Thomas. We mark the centenary of his birth with a rolling revue mixing music, literature and film, with an array of singers and players, novelists and poets, from Wales and beyond.

their work in a night of real life storysharing that will challenge, shock, entertain and amuse as we celebrate the lives we all live. Walk a tightrope of TMI during a hilarious hour of tales from these much-loved oversharers. Tue 26 Aug, 7pm. The Toff in Town. Price: $30/$27 Code: 6604

THE RABBLE: DEATHLY/DEATH/DEAD Visionary dramatists The Rabble curate a special evening of theatre. They have asked some of Melbourne’s best known performers and theatre companies to reinvent poems that have been typically ghettoised as ‘angsty’. The result: a visceral, sublime and orphic showcase ignited by a passion for the poetic. Wed 27 Aug, 7pm. Malthouse Theatre. Price: $30/$27 Code: 6705

QUEER LITERARY SALON Hosted by brilliant writer, lad-abouttown and self-proclaimed Gaysian, Benjamin Law, an entertaining line-up of fabulous performances, same-sex interviews, provocative readings, and gender-bending antics will celebrate queer voices in literature including Terry Jaensch, Brooke Hemphill, Phillip Hensher, Sophie Cunningham and Matthew Witthaus.

Supported by the British Council and Wales Arts International

Sat 30 Aug, 7.30pm. The Toff in Town. Price: $30/$27 Code: 6102

Sun 24 Aug, 4pm. Bella Union, Trade Hall. Price: $30/$27 Code: 6402


FUNEMPLOYED Join award-winning writer and art-folk humourist Justin Heazlewood – aka The Bedroom Philosopher and author of Funemployed – alongside a line-up of local and international talent as they share an entertaining view of the highlights and lowlights of life as an Australian artist. Sun 24 Aug, 6.30pm. Deakin Edge, Fed Square. Price: $22/$19 Code: 1407

Join the party people for our final act of storytelling - the launch of Nic Low’s arresting debut Arms Race and an end-of-the-world dance-battle showdown, presenting apocalyptic tales through that most literary of mediums – interpretive dance! We’re gonna party like it’s the last night on earth. Sun 31 Aug, 7pm. The Toff in Town. FREE


2014 MWF Festival Guide