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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 02 9739 2380
IN CONVERSATION TONY BIRCH
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
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
THE PHILOSOPHER IN PUBLIC
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.
IN CONVERSATION SONYA HARTNETT
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
SHY SIAN PRIOR
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 mwf.com.au for full details
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
THE CRITIC IN PUBLIC
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)