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Bookings & info #MWF14

A UNESCO City of Literature, Melbourne and its surrounds are home to a vibrant community of new and established authors, poets, publishers and readers who share an enlightened passion for a broad spectrum of literary genres. We put the brilliant talents of Tony Birch, Sophie Cunningham, Hannah Kent, Paddy O’Reilly and Favel Parrett under the spotlight; introduce bright young newcomers Holly Childs, Eli Glasman and Melinda Houston; and bask in the glow of radiant poetry from Susan Hawthorne and Terry Jaensch. ACU LITERATURE PRIZE

WORDS THAT HEAL Readers will attest to the capacity for a good book to affect us emotionally – for better or worse. GP Jacinta Halloran and academic Susan McLaine discuss the power of reading to change lives and the downsides of a life without books. Fri 22 Aug, 10am. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3201

IN CONVERSATION GERALD MURNANE Forty years after the publication of his first book Tamarisk Row, Gerald Murnane is regarded as one of Australia’s most extraordinary novelists, with an international reputation that continues to grow. He discusses an illustrious career and his new novel A Million Windows. Fri 22 Aug, 1pm. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3203

INDIGENOUS WRITING NOW Writer Tony Birch and playwright and activist John Harding lead a discussion on recent developments in Indigenous writing and the role of poetry in the genre. Along with selected readings, Birch will announce the winner of the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Writing. Fri 22 Aug, 1pm. ACMI The Cube. FREE

IN CONVERSATION JOHN A SCOTT When a sudden death alters the balance of power, control falls into the hands of an extreme right wing government. Author John A Scott – winner of major prizes as a novelist, poet and screenwriter – explores N, his acclaimed new novel. Fri 22 Aug, 2.30pm. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4204


In this breathtaking new work, The Promise, Tony Birch affirms his position as one of Australia’s finest writers of short fiction. Using his unflinching creative gaze, he delivers a sensitive and often humorous take on themes of love, loss and faith. Sun 24 Aug, 2.30pm. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3404

The Australian Catholic University Prize for Literature continues the tradition of the Catholic Church as a key patron of the arts. In 2014 the Prize will be awarded to the poet whose work best conveys the theme Compassion. Thu 21 Aug, 5.30pm. ACU Melbourne Campus. FREE RSVP 02 9739 2380



Hannah Kent

IN CONVERSATION HANNAH KENT Hannah Kent discusses her journey

from an unpublished author to an internationally acclaimed writer, whose debut novel Burial Rites has been translated into no fewer than 20 languages. Fri 22 Aug, 4pm. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4205

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD MASTERCLASS DAVID ASTLE Australia’s cryptic cruciverbalist, David Astle is the master of anagrams, acrostics, homophones and spoonerisms. Discover the secrets to solving even the most challenging crossword puzzle in a highly entertaining hour of limber linguistics. Sat 23 Aug, 10am. NGV Australia. Price: $22/$19 Code: 9303

AUSTRALIAN CENTRE AWARDS The Australian Centre and the Faculty of Arts warmly invite you to join us in congratulating the winners of this year’s literary awards, hosted by Professor Ken Gelder and Associate Professor Denise Varney, codirectors of the Australian Centre and Dr Sarah Wills, Associate Dean of Advancement. Supported by Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Melbourne Sat 23 Aug, 1pm. ACMI The Cube. FREE

CYCLONE TRACY SOPHIE CUNNINGHAM Multi-talented writer and commentator Sophie Cunningham shares stories from those who

Sophie Cunningham

survived Cyclone Tracy, which destroyed Darwin at Christmas 1974. Sophie offers a sober appraisal of what Tracy means to us four decades later, as we face more extreme weather events each year. Sat 23 Aug, 1pm. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3303

IN CONVERSATION PADDY O’REILLY One of Melbourne’s great writers Paddy O’Reilly has received critical acclaim for her diverse writing across many genres. Her ambitious third novel The Wonders is yet another page turner that spans celebrity, disability, the value of human life and our kinship with the animal kingdom. Sat 23 Aug, 2.30pm. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4304

LAD LIT Chris Flynn (The Glass Kingdom)

and hip hop artist turned novelist Omar Musa (Here Come the Dogs)

have written ground-breaking new novels about music, drugs and harsh Australian realities. They are novels by men, about men, written for men. Is this the birth of Lad Lit? Sun 24 Aug, 1pm. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4403

THREE POETS Three Australian poets, Terry Jaensch (Shark), Jakob Ziguras (Chains of Snow) and Susan Hawthorne (Limen) will read from their collections and also deliver a ‘cover version’ of a poem that has special meaning to them. Sun 24 Aug, 1pm. ACMI The Cube. FREE

Two writers of microfiction – very, very short stories that pack a punch well above their length – Angela Meyer and Oliver Mol will discuss what it is about the form that has made it the latest hip genre in the literary world. Sun 24 Aug, 5.30pm. ACMI The Cube. FREE

IN CONVERSATION JOAN LONDON One of Australia’s finest writers Joan

THE REREADERS Put down the books and listen up. The Rereaders is a fortnightly literary and culture podcast featuring writers

special live recording they are joined by a MWF guest as they explore three current cultural topics together.

Sian Prior is a journalist, a broadcaster, musician and performer. She is also excruciatingly shy. In a world where public display of one’s private life and thoughts are almost a prerequisite for success, Sian discusses the complex reality of shyness.

Fri 29 Aug, 2.30pm. ACMI The Cube. FREE

Sat 30 Aug, 1pm. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4103



Philosopher Raimond Gaita is well known for his memoir Romulus, My Father. A new book of essays by other writers, A Sense for Humanity, examines Gaita’s ethical thought. Discussing this book, Raimond Gaita explores real philosophy for challenging, modern times.

Young writers Luke Ryan and Elizabeth Flux will discuss their writing, why they write, and their pathways to publication. They will also answer your questions about developing a profile or a career in writing.

Sam Twyford-Moore, Steph Van Schilt and Dion Kagan. In this very

Sat 30 Aug, 10am. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4101


has established herself as a major novelist, shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and winning The Age Book of the Year. She discusses her new book The Golden Age with writer and journalist Jane Sullivan.

Some of Melbourne’s most exciting and creative public libraries host a series of events in this year’s Festival. Performance poetry, memoir, crime, young adult fiction, contemporary craft and fine literary fiction all find a place in Melbourne’s public libraries.

Wed 27 Aug, 6pm. The Wheeler Centre. FREE Code: 7701

Craft Workshop: Anna Walker Prahran Library Sat 23 Aug, 2pm.


Talk: Robert Dixon & Alex Miller Library at the Dock Sat 23 Aug, 2.30pm.

London (Gilgamesh, The Good Parents)

Sonya Hartnett is an outstanding

and versatile author who can probe psychological states with uncanny accuracy and depth. A writer who has always pushed the boundaries of literature for both adults and young people, Hartnett returns to adult fiction with Golden Boys, a dark suburban tale. Wed 27 Aug, 7.30pm. The Wheeler Centre. FREE Code: 7702


Supported by Future Leaders Sat 30 Aug, 2.30pm. ACMI The Cube. FREE

IN CONVERSATION FAVEL PARRETT Acclaimed young writer Favel Parrett (Past the Shallows) travelled to Antarctica to research her latest novel, When the Night Comes. She shares her experience of this remarkable continent and her journey from the south east coast of Tasmania to critical literary success. Sat 30 Aug, 2.30pm. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4104

In Conversation: Adrian McKinty St Kilda Public Library Wed 27 Aug, 6.30pm. Poetry Slam: Maxine Beneba Clarke Caroline Springs Civic Library Wed 27 Aug, 7pm. In Conversation: Doug MacLeod St Kilda Public Library Thu 28 Aug, 6.30pm Visit for full details

Favel Parrett

FIRST FLIGHT First-time authors Holly Childs, Eli Glasman and Melinda Houston talk about their work and discuss their journeys to publication. The writers reflect a range of writing styles and influences, from edgy young adult fiction, to experimental writing and realistic slice-of-life stories. Fri 29 Aug, 11.30am. ACMI The Cube. FREE



According to American critic Adam Kirsch, professional critic James Ley’s book, The Critic in the Modern World is ‘exceptionally intelligent and well-written’. Fellow commentator and critic Alison Croggon joins James to critique the critics and their critical role in literature.

and Julie Szego (The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama) have each turned their hand to writing true crime after stumbling across their Truman Capote moment. They discuss their immersion into the complex worlds of crime and justice.

Sat 30 Aug, 11.30am. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4102

Sun 31 Aug, 1pm. Deakin Edge, Fed Square. Price: $22/$19 Code: 1113

John Safran (Murder in Mississippi)

2014 MWF Festival Guide