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HIGHLIGHTS Bookings & info #MWF14



We bring together five rock stars of the literary world each with a distinct style, powerful stories and literally millions of global, cyber and celestial fans hanging on their every word. In between a first-ever MWF opening address from Australia’s literary legend Helen Garner and closing night from American wunderkind Dave Eggers, Festival Highlights include a rare appearance from controversial writer Sir Salman Rushdie, insights into creativity from Brain Pickings’ uber-blogger Maria Popova, and lessons from space with YouTube’s favourite singing astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Helen Garner is an Australian literary legend: her novels, short stories and non-fiction have influenced generations of writers and readers. In this Festival exclusive, Helen Garner discusses her latest book This House of Grief, a harrowing account of the trial of Robert Farquharson, convicted of drowning his three sons on Father’s Day 2005.

Helen Garner



Freedom of expression can be a dangerous idea. Sir Salman Rushdie knows this first hand, and his commitment to freedom of expression is woven into his work and life. As Australia grapples with its own discussion about freedom of speech, we welcome Salman Rushdie to Melbourne Writers Festival and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney to speak about major themes in his writing, his life and the contemporary world.

Meet the thinker behind the extraordinary writing in this intimate literary discussion.

Supported by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne Thu 21 Aug, 6.30pm. Melbourne Town Hall. Price: $45/$35 Code: 1001

AN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE CHRIS HADFIELD Armed with a truly unique view of the world, author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and YouTube’s most famous space oddity, Chris Hadfield comes back to Earth to share his outof-this-world experiences and the lifeaffirming lessons he has accumulated during his astronomical career. Thu 21 Aug, 9.30pm. Melbourne Town Hall. Price: $45/$35 Code: 1002

Fri 29 Aug, 12.30pm. Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Price: $130 Code: 6901

Sir Salman Rushdie Thu 28 Aug, 6.30pm. Dallas Brooks Centre. Price: $45/$35 Code: 6804

Maria Popova

Chris Hadfield



Creator of hugely popular blog Brain Pickings, with millions of hits every day, Maria Popova surfaces from the blogosphere to reveal the ethos of her human-powered discovery engine for interestingness. Created in 2006, Brain Pickings taps into the global pool of ideas, insights, knowledge and inspiration, to create extraordinary outcomes from contributing, crosspollinating, connecting and combining the contents of our curious minds.

Dave Eggers’ first book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, was a finalist for the Pulitzer

Prize and saw him hailed as ‘the J.D. Salinger of Generation X’. Since then he has become one of the world’s most influential writers. Preview Eggers’ upcoming book at this special keynote event. Dave Eggers

Supported by the Hart Line Fund and the U.S. Consulate General Sun 31 Aug, 6pm. Deakin Edge, Fed Square. Price: $45/$35 Code: 1116

Thu 28 Aug, 8.30pm. Dallas Brooks Centre. Price: $45/$35 Code: 6805

CONNECT & EXPLORE Reading and listening are just two modes of connecting with writers, thinkers and storytellers. Connect & Explore invites audiences to venture out of their comfy reading chairs and take part in a range of relaxed, fun and social activities that will connect enquiring minds with exciting new literary adventures. Whether by tram, on foot, or in the back of a caravan, literary lovers, book club buddies and curious couplings can explore the streets and stories of Melbourne on guided walking tours, a San Francisco inspired Lit Hop, with words and wine at the Festival Club or through the cyber connections of the digital realm.



Discover the Festival Club at Optic Kitchen + Bar, at the heart of our Festival Hub in Fed Square – the meeting place for writers, readers and Festivalgoers. Drop by for The Morning Read, mingle with Festival artists and fuel your Festival with great food and drinks. Open 8.30am til late Mon – Fri, 9.30am til late Sat & 10.30am til late Sun.

Start your day with Festival earlybird and Big Issue books editor, Thuy On, as she hosts readings with a selection of our Festival artists. Fri 22 - Sun 24 & Fri 29 - Sun 31 Aug, 10am. Festival Club at Optic.

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MEMORY MAKES US A live writing event that challenges three writers to create a new work using as their inspiration collected memories from the general public. Visit to contribute. Sun 31 Aug. Atrium, Fed Square. FREE

Include a bequest to The Salvation Army in your Will and leave behind a future for people in need. To find out more please call 1800 337 082 or visit us online at

Please send to: Director, Wills & Bequests, The Salvation Army, PO Box 9888 in your capital city. Information to assist with preparing a Will

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Take to the streets and experience the Festival in new, exciting ways. This year we have walks to discover Melbourne’s Indigenous past and present, our bohemians, world famous street art and creative places. Walk, ride, learn, write, look and explore the places and spaces that make Melbourne a true City of Literature. Visit for full details

To my daughter, I leave my wedding ring. To the Salvos, I leave hope.

Yes, I’m interested in: (Tick one) Leaving a bequest to The Salvation Army

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2014 MWF Festival Guide  
2014 MWF Festival Guide