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Supported by Dumbo Feather

Sat 30 Aug, 11am. The Little Library. FREE

Join a surprising selection of writers from across the Festival for this series of intimate conversations in Dumbo Feather’s Airstream caravan. An audience of just five people will attend each session, with each guest writer kept secret until they enter the caravan. Fri 22 – Sun 24 & Fri 29 – Sun 31 Aug. Visit for full details



The Age invites you to join them for

Enjoy the elegant surrounds of the Sofitel’s Fitzroy Ballroom, a complimentary sparkling wine, light afternoon tea and delightful conversation with Festival guests

a look at the day’s headlines. Join The Age’s editors and journalists,

and some of the Festival’s most interesting writers and thinkers, for a caffeine-fuelled discussion of the day’s news. Admission free to The Age subscribers. Bookings required. Supported by The Age Sat 23 & Sat 30 Aug, 9am. Festival Club at Optic. Price: $10 Code: 9308 & 9108

Meg Wolitzer, Rupert Thompson, and Nick Earls. With MWF Chair Michael Webster. Sun 24 Aug, 1.30pm. Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Price: $60 Code: 6401

Watch illustrator Oslo Davis sketch browsers and book-swappers inside The Little Library on Level 2 at Melbourne Central. His drawings will form an exhibition, to stay on display in The Little Library throughout September. Visit Melbourne Central on Facebook for your chance to win a portrait sitting with Oslo Davis when he visits the centre on 30 August.


Put down your phone and pick up a book during your daily tram commute! MWF will provide weekly reading suggestions from our 2014 program during the #onboardbookclub. Follow the hashtag on Twitter for updates and to share your own reviews. Fri 18 Jul - Sat 31 Aug. On all Yarra Trams. Supported by Yarra Trams


Explore Melbourne by foot and the 96 tram and celebrate Melbourne’s independent, emerging and fringe writers on this curated literary hop through the city. Choose your own adventure along the route with pop up events including book readings, debates, music, trivia, races and literary karaoke!

Be the hero of a story where you choose what happens. Introducing our exciting storytelling app, Twists and Turns. Start walking from Melbourne Town Hall and hear a story on your iPhone. The plot twists with the streets you turn down. Incorporating high-tech geo-location beacons and written by Festival authors, this is a literary experience not be missed. Download it from the App Store from mid-August.

Supported by Yarra Trams

Supported by JWT Melbourne, Tactify and Risk Sound

Visit for full details

Visit for details.



Sun 31 Aug, 1pm. MWF Box Office, Fed Square. Price: $22/$19 Code: 5112

Visit the Dymocks Festival Bookshop at Fed Square during the Festival to take advantage of special offers, an amazing range of books and expert literary advice. Authors will be in-store to sign copies of their work directly after their events in Fed Square. Open daily, Fri 22 – Sun 31 Aug.

WORLD LITERATURE Sharing stories is a universal tradition that spans time and place, culture and continents. World Literature will take audiences on a literary tour of the globe as we welcome the best writers from Africa, Asia, India, Europe and America alongside Australia’s own international stars. Be transported from Melbourne to Belfast’s criminal underworld, swoon at the lush beauty and romance of Sri Lanka, or be swept along by the fast paced dark comedy of Catalonia. International guests include Simon Armitage (UK), NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Erri De Luca (Italy), Philip Hensher (UK), Amanda Lee Koe (Singapore), Imma Monsó (Spain), Alissa Nutting (USA), Rupert Thomson (UK) and Meg Wolitzer (USA). LIMITS OF STORYTELLING


Melbourne writers Maria Tumarkin and Wayne Macauley (Demons) discuss whether stories really take us closer to the truth of our lives. Are stories like masks, both revealing and concealing truths? And how do we use stories and what can stories do for us?

Historians and writers Christopher Clark (The Sleepwalkers), Nicholas Clements (The Black Wars) and Clare

Fri 22 Aug, 10am. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4201

IN CONVERSATION IMMA MONSÓ Award-winning Catalan novelist and columnist Imma Monsó discusses her impressive body of work and her first novel to be published in English, A Man of His Word. Get the scoop on this humourous and poignant novelist. Supported by Acción Cultural Española Fri 22 Aug, 10am. ACMI The Cube. FREE


have written histories that challenged or overturned established views of their subjects. The panel discuss their individual approaches to research and process and the art, craft and labour of writing history.

Award-winning English novelist Rupert Thomson was once described as ‘one of the strangest and most refreshingly un-English voices in contemporary fiction.’ A chameleon author whose work is always surprising, Thomson discusses his ninth novel, Secrecy – a masterful tale of intrigue in 17th century Florence.

Fri 22 Aug, 11.30am. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3202

Fri 22 Aug, 2.30pm. Deakin Edge, Fed Square. Price: $22/$19 Code: 1204



American novelist Meg Wolitzer and impressive new Australian talent Emily Bitto talk about love in literature, the transformative nature of books, literature’s great lovers and what stories of love, obsession and desire can teach us about our own hearts.

A rising voice in contemporary fiction Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel We Need New Names made her the first black African woman to make the Man Booker Prize shortlist. NoViolet discusses her coming of age novel about immigration and the African diaspora.

Wright (The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka)

Fri 22 Aug, 2.30pm. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3204

Fri 22 Aug, 4pm. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3205

GLOBAL SHORT STORIES The recent trend in publishing single author collections from relatively new writers has marked a resurgence in short fiction. Writers Nic Low (NZ), Amanda Lee Koe (Singapore) and Rachel Tresize (Wales) reveal the processes, influences and traditions of their short fiction writing. Sat 23 Aug, 10am. ACMI The Cube. FREE

STRANGE TERRITORY The hidden underbelly of Cardiff, Belfast and Perth makes perfect fodder for hard-boiled crime fiction. Belfast noir novelist Adrian McKinty, John Williams and West Australian David Whish-Wilson discuss the questionable values of politics, police and power in the tough and gritty cities of their crime thrillers. Sat 23 Aug, 10am. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3301

TIDDAS One of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Indigenous literature Anita Heiss combines chick lit with a social conscience. Anita explores how friendships change as we get older, in her fifth novel Tiddas, the Koori English word for sisters. Sat 23 Aug, 10am. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4301

NoViolet Bulawayo


Meg Wolitzer


In her latest novel The Interestings, The New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer explores themes of marriage, friendship, wealth envy and fame. With life imitating art Wolitzer discusses the slings and arrows faced by women writing about domesticity and family.

Since the early days of Mills & Boon, romance has evolved to become one of the biggest selling genres in literature. Two exciting voices, Rachael Herron (Cypress Hollow novels) and Su Dharmapala (The Wedding Season, Saree), discuss what makes a good contemporary romance novel.

Sat 23 Aug, 10am. Deakin Edge, Fed Square. Price: $22/$19 Code: 1301

Sat 23 Aug, 11.30am. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3302



Italian novelist, translator and poet Erri De Luca has published a small library of novels, poems and short stories, and been translated into more than 30 languages. De Luca will discuss his illustrious career, contemporary Italian literature and his latest novel, The Crime of a Soldier.

Internationally renowned food critic, Ruth Reichl shares her recipes for writing success – from New York Times restaurant critic to best-selling gourmet memoirs Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples, and her entrée into fiction with her first novel Delicious!

Supported by the Instituto Italiano di Cultura

Sat 23 Aug, 11.30am. Deakin Edge, Fed Square. Price: $22/$19 Code: 1302

Sat 23 Aug, 11.30am. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4302

Mature themes and coarse language


2014 MWF Festival Guide