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For Everyone Who reads

20 – 30 August 2015 BOOK Now MWF.COM.AU


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Friday 21 August


Media Makers & Women in Media


Online Phone Mobile

Talking Points


Advance box office

Saturday 22 August


Words & War


Sunday 23 August


24 July – 19 August Level 1, 176 Lt Lonsdale Street The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne 10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

Reading Now


Monday 24 August


Tuesday 25 August


Wednesday 26 August


Thursday 27 August


Festival Forum


Friday 28 August


Saturday 29 August


5 Pack



Festival of Dangerous Ideas


Sunday 30 August


Lovers of literature can save 15% on five standard Festival events (usually $22/$19 each) and choose a bonus event on a Friday for free.

Children & Teens


Festival Guests



Key Use the key below to identify Festival Streams and look out for the free events.

World Literature

Festival box office 20 – 30 August MWF Box Office, Atrium Entrance, Flinders St, Fed Square 9am – close (15 mins after last session commences), daily Visit mwf.com.au or call 03 9999 1199 for booking terms and conditions.


Price: $95/$85

10 Pack For true Festival fanatics: save 20% on 10 standard Festival events (usually $22/$19 each) and choose two bonus events on a Friday for free. Price: $175/$160 For full details of Festival Passes and Packs, please visit mwf.com.au.

The Agenda Live & Social Free events


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20 – 30 August 2015


Concessions apply to children (16 years and under), full-time students, Health Care Card holders, pensioners and seniors.

COMPANION CARDS Companion Card holders may book in person at our box office, via phone on 03 9999 1199 or email to ticketing@mwf.com.au. A copy of your valid Companion Card is required.

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 21 – Sun 30 Aug. Visit mwf.com.au for full details.



MWF welcomes people of all abilities. If you are buying tickets online, please enter any access requirements when prompted at checkout. Alternatively, call 03 9999 1199 to book seats with wheelchair access or to discuss your needs. Most venues have wheelchair access, selected events have Auslan interpreters and many venues provide assistive hearing devices / hearing loops. Visit mwf.com.au for full details. To request a large-print program visit mwf.com.au or call 03 9094 7859.

Fed Square is easily reached by public transport. The closest train station is Flinders Street. Tram routes 1, 3, 3A, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72 go to stop 13 on Swanston Street (Flinders Street Station); 35, 70 and 75 go to stop 5 (Flinders Street Station). Timetable information is available from Public Transport Victoria by calling 1800 800 007 or visiting ptv.vic.gov.au. Access real-time tram arrival information via the tramTRACKER app for iPhone and Android. Free bike racks are available in and around Fed Square. Public car parking is available at Fed Square and in Flinders Lane. A taxi rank is located outside Flinders Street station.

EVENT TIMES Most events are one hour long. For accurate durations please check mwf.com.au.



What makes Melbourne a creative city?

The City of Melbourne is proud to support major and emerging arts organisations through their 2015–17 Triennial Arts Grants Program. Aphids Arts Access Victoria Australian Centre for Contemporary Art Blindside Artist Run Space Chamber Made Opera Circus Oz Craft Emerging Writers’ Festival Ilbijerri Theatre Koorie Heritage Trust La Mama Little Big Shots Lucy Guerin Inc. Melbourne Festival Melbourne Fringe

“People in Melbourne read, write & think. Then we talk about it all in our bookshops, cafes, bars & at the Melbourne Writers Festival.”

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Melbourne International Film Festival Melbourne International Jazz Festival Melbourne Queer Film Festival Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Melbourne WebFest Melbourne Writers Festival Multicultural Arts Victoria Next Wave Festival Polyglot Theatre Poppy Seed Songlines Aboriginal Music

Lisa Dempster Director Melbourne Writers Festival

Speak Percussion The Wheeler Centre West Space Wild@heART Community Arts


WELCOME Melbourne Writers Festival is for everyone who reads. This year we celebrate 30 years of presenting the world’s best writers in a program for all Melburnians. Whether you’re deeply engaged in intellectual ideas or love spending time with your book club, MWF is sure to have something for you among our 400+ events. Make the most of unique opportunities to hear from international superstars and much-loved Australian greats as we present writers from all corners of the globe.

Thirty years ago, when our only choice was hardcover or paperback, a festival was born to celebrate the world of literature. While the way we read has changed, the Festival’s remit has remained strong. The Victorian Government is proud to have been part of the success story so far – here’s to the next 30 years and beyond. The Hon Martin Foley MP Minister for Creative Industries

We’ll explore readers’ favourite genres, from crime to comedy, and thrillers to romance. Or if thoughtprovoking discussion is what you’re after, we’ll tackle the hottest topics in depth. Meanwhile, toddlers through to teens can take part in our free family activities and events. Readers, writers, watchers and listeners: whether you’re into books, the Internet, TV or podcasts, MWF has it covered. See you in August! Lisa Dempster Festival Director / CEO

For the past 30 years, Melburnians have celebrated their love of the written word at Melbourne Writers Festival. Showcasing some of the best local and international literary talent, the Festival features hundreds of inspiring, thought-provoking events. There’s something for everyone. Robert Doyle Lord Mayor



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It wouldn’t be MWF without big names and big surprises… and this year, we have a swag of both. Fall in love with Louis de Bernières’ new literary blockbuster. Learn from Naomi Klein, the world’s leading voice on climate change and capitalism. Explore the fictional universe of your favourite TV shows, with their creators… and the night sky, guided by Aussie astrophysicists. Be enchanted by performed stories, challenged by Will Self and Sarah Waters, and question your definitions of ‘wife’ and ‘mother’. Visit mwf.com.au for full details.

Louis de Bernières: Opening Night Address How did Louis de Bernières, author of international bestseller Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, begin his brilliant career as a writer? On the eve of his new novel of love, war and renewal, The Dust That Falls From Dreams, he’ll retrace his journey. Hosted by Michael Cathcart. Supported by Monash University Thu 20 Aug, 6.30pm Melbourne Town Hall $45/$35 | Code 1001

Louis de Bernières

Rob Thomas: Veronica Mars to iZombie Rob Thomas is the creator of TV cult classics Veronica Mars, Party Down, and the new series iZombie. He’ll talk about it all, including pintsize PI Veronica’s journey from TV to film (and now books) – kickstarted by the most successful crowdfunding campaign ever. Thu 20 Aug, 9pm Melbourne Town Hall $22/$19 | Code 1002




Annabel Crabb

20 – 30 August 2015

Kate Grenville

Annabel Crabb & Kate Grenville: Wives & Mothers Kate Grenville’s new book is about her mother’s life through the 20th century; Annabel Crabb’s is about being a woman now. How have expectations changed? How far have we come? Supported by the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Fri 21 Aug, 7pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $45/$35 | Code 1207

HEALTH & HAPPINESS DOT COM Meet lifestyle leaders Leo Babauta (Zen Habits) and Sarah Wilson (I Quit Sugar), as they share their visions for what a good life looks like… and how to live it. They’ll meditate on health, mindfulness, community, happiness and more. Sat 22 Aug, 7.30pm Northcote Town Hall $30/$27 | Code 0307 Sarah Wilson

Leo Babauta




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Gideon Raff: Homeland Israeli film and TV director, screenwriter and writer Gideon Raff is best known for the series Prisoners of War and its US adaptation Homeland. During this multimedia conversation presented in partnership with The Australian Jewish News, you’ll gain insight into how he wrote these acclaimed shows.

Gideon Raff

Thu 27 Aug, 6pm Athenaeum Theatre $45/$35 | Code 1806

The Moth: True Stories Told Live

Supported by the Finkel Foundation

Stories go live as New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket The Moth Mainstage is transplanted to Melbourne. Storytellers weave spellbinding tales around the theme of ‘between worlds’ in this live theatrical production. Be moved, be enlightened and be entertained.

Thu 27 Aug, 6pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1805

Thu 27 Aug, 8.30pm Athenaeum Theatre $30/$27 | Code 1807

Katie Mack & Brian Schmidt: Aussie Astrophysics Discover the deepest, darkest corners of the universe as Cosmos contributor Katie Mack and Nobel Prize winner Brian Schmidt demystify astrophysics, explaining what astrophysicists do, and how Australians are contributing. Then prepare to see stars, as Schmidt awes and inspires with his Guide to the Universe.

An Audience with Naomi Klein Naomi Klein’s international bestseller No Logo exploded the way we think about global brands and their impact. In her latest game-changer, This Changes Everything, she exposes the war capitalism is waging on our planet. Have your assumptions challenged – and discover how we can do better. Sat 29 Aug, 6pm Athenaeum Theatre $45/$35 | Code 1108

Naomi Klein




20 – 30 August 2015

Sarah Waters

Will Self


Will Self: Closing Night Address

Step into 1920s London and a world about to be changed forever, as you meet characters whose lives are also on the brink of transformation. Much-loved novelist Sarah Waters talks about her brilliant and tender novel The Paying Guest.

UK literary icon Will Self has lived in and visited Australia – which he both loves and hates – for over 30 years. He’ll reflect on the repression and denial at our dark heart, and unpick his own vexed relationship with our country.

Sun 30 Aug, 2.30pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1114

Supported by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne Sun 30 Aug, 6pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $45/$35 | Code 1116




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Friday 21 AUGUST

Media Makers & Women In Media Media Makers: Critical Matters, Popular vs Highbrow What is ‘excellence’ when it comes to judging books – and who gets to define it? Is it about connecting with readers or producing polished art? Critic Patrick Allington and Beth Driscoll will go head to head... and then thrash it out. Supported by Monash University Fri 21 Aug, 10am Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1201



Media Makers: Journalism Then & Now

Media Makers: On the Arts

Business journalism – like the industry itself – is dominated by men. What’s it like to be a woman working in the field? Is gender relevant when covering the business beat? Hear from respected business journalists Adele Ferguson and Elizabeth Redman.

What’s it like to be a political reporter today, when breaking news is measured by second-bysecond tweets (instead of next-day newspapers)? How has it changed over the decades? In this Fifth Estate event we’ll hear from Fairfax’s Latika Bourke and ABC TV’s Barrie Cassidy.

What is good arts writing and why do we need it? Get an insight into the field as Bhakthi Puvanenthiran and Richard Watts interview each other about the nature of their arts coverage and its relationship to artists and audiences.

Fri 21 Aug, 10am ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3201

Supported by the Wheeler Centre Fri 21 Aug, 11.30am Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1202


Fri 21 Aug, 11.30am ACMI The Cube


20 – 30 August 2015

Friday 21 AUGUST

Media Makers: Fair & Balanced?

Media Makers: Copyright in the Digital Age

Media Makers: Lit Mags, The New Breed

Balanced reporting is often pursued as an unequivocal positive. But this can mean minority views are disproportionately represented on topics like climate change, vaccination, and migration. Gay Alcorn and Christine Kenneally ask how this influences public opinion. Is it in the public interest? What’s the alternative?

Copyright affects everyone who reads, watches TV and film, and plays games – whether they know it or not. How is online piracy killing creative industries, and how can Australia protect its digital economy? Kim Williams, chair of the Copyright Agency, will explain.

Literary magazines have long been fertile ground for emerging talent. What do the new breed of artist-led mags do differently from their establishment predecessors? What are their goals? Who inspires them? Brigid Mullane (Kill Your Darlings) and Ellena Savage (The Lifted Brow) tell all.

Fri 21 Aug, 1pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1203

Women in Media: Women Writing Film How are women represented on film, and in the film industry – as filmmakers, actors and critics? Rebecca Harkins-Cross, film editor of The Big Issue, and Brodie Lancaster, founding editor of Filmme Fatales, share their insights into the screen world, and their careers. Fri 21 Aug, 1pm ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3203

Fri 21 Aug, 2.30pm ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3204

Women in Media: A Magazine of One’s Own What’s driving women to move from print media to cyberspace, setting up their own publishing platforms? How are they changing the way the news is made and read? Jamila Rizvi (Mamamia) and Anne Summers (Anne Summers Reports) survey the brave new media world. Fri 21 Aug, 2.30pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1204

Fri 21 Aug, 4pm ACMI The Cube

Women in Media: Keeping up Appearances How do women in media deal with the pressure to look ‘good’ and behave ‘properly’? Is there room to defy the overwhelming expectations of the public gaze? Find out from two women on the TV frontline: Ita Buttrose and Jessica Rowe. Fri 21 Aug, 4pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1205




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Friday 21 AUGUST 10:00 AM

Writing & Censorship ACMI The Cube

11:00 AM

Climate Change: Action Through Stories Climate change scientists Ailie Gallant and Kevin Walsh have written to politicians about how climate change makes them feel, while Alice Robinson explores this heated territory in her novel Anchor Point. How might the stories we tell influence action on climate change? fortyfivedownstairs $22/$19 | Code 6201 11:30 AM

Voicing Race Brilliant young writers Adolfo Aranjuez and Jessica Yu explore the space where their cultural backgrounds intersect with their writing, with Maxine Beneba Clarke. Is Australia open to voices from and about different cultures?

30 Under 30 To celebrate our 30th anniversary in 2015, MWF is looking to the future by promoting the next generation of writers. 30 Under 30 features Victoria’s brightest and boldest young writers. Find them in events across the Festival and be the first to discover tomorrow’s literary stars, today! Supported by the Cornish Family, The Saturday Paper and the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office Visit mwf.com.au for full details

1:00 PM

4:00 PM

How to be Funny

Is Funding the Arts Doing Good?

ACMI The Cube

State Library of Victoria Free, bookings required Code 6202

Would philanthropic money given to the arts be better spent elsewhere? Australia’s pre-eminent philosopher and effective altruism proponent Peter Singer thinks so. Prepare for a fiery discussion, as he locks horns with noted arts advocates.

2:30 PM

Presented by Australian Communities Foundation

The Writer & the Librarian: Bernard Caleo

The Dark Side of the Internet ACMI The Cube

ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3202



ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3205


20 – 30 August 2015

Friday 21 AUGUST

5:30 PM

6:30 PM

7:30 PM

Dolores Redondo: Spanish Crime

Peter Singer: The Activist Philosopher

Capital: The Beginning of the Word

This event is in Spanish.

The Wheeler Centre $22/$19 | Code 7204

Emilie Zoey Baker, Alicia Sometimes, Miguel Syjuco and Sean M Whelan will explore the many ways readers and audiences connect with the vibrant and reverent space that is the La Trobe Reading Room, celebrating the dome through works of poetry, visuals and sound.

Supported by Acción Cultural Española ACMI The Cube

State Library of Victoria Free, bookings required Code 6205




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Talking Points You’ve read it in the papers and argued about it on Twitter. Now our leading experts will guide a discussion on the news topics generating headlines. Following selected sessions, we’ll continue the conversation online with The Monthly. Visit mwf.com.au for full details.

The War on Journalism

Laurie Penny on Feminism

The mainstream media is in crisis. The Internet – which promised so much – is being used to produce a dark future. Four Corners reporter and Assange biographer Andrew Fowler marshals the evidence to attack the establishment, and defend the public’s right to know.

Laurie Penny calls boldly for a new and braver feminism. In Unspeakable Things, the cultural commentator and gender issues expert argues passionately for social justice and freedom in all its forms. Penny will speak the unspeakable in this no-holds-barred discussion.

Supported by The Monthly Fri 21 Aug, 5.30pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1206

Supported by the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre and The Monthly Fri 28 Aug, 5.30pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1906

Raimond Gaita on a Common Humanity What is a ‘common humanity’? Raimond Gaita explores this fragile idea, in a world where we treat asylum seekers as criminals, lock up children and refuse to change the way we live now, despite the dire consequences for the next generations. Supported by The Monthly Tue 25 Aug, 6pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1605

The Future of Palestine Ghada Karmi’s family was exiled from Palestine in 1948. Returning to work there in 2005, she was confronted by the impossibility of return – and the realities of life in one of the world’s most intractable conflict zones. How might a future emerge from the troubled past? Sat 29 Aug, 4pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1105



The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: after winning the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, The Rosie Project went on to be published in more than 40 countries. Its film rights have been sold to Sony Pictures.

Polymer banknote: In the late 1960s Victorian scientist, Professor Peter Solomon began work on a project to develop a banknote that could not be forged. The 1988 release of the first polymer note was the culmination of 21 years of research and design development. Today the polymer banknote is used by more than 30 countries.

They were both brought to life by creative Victorians. From publishing sensations to design innovators, Victoria’s creative community continues to make its mark. Creative Victoria is dedicated to developing our creative talent, championing our creative industries, and bringing new ideas to life – from the imagined to the yet to be imagined.



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Saturday 22 AUGUST 8:30 AM

11:00 AM

11:30 AM

Coffee & Papers

Can Books Boost Your Career?

Climate Change & Place

Start your MWF day with the perfect pick-me-up: a shot of caffeine and the day’s news, with senior Age journalists and editors… and some of the Festival’s most interesting writers and thinkers. Supported by The Age Festival Club at ACMI Admission free to The Age subscribers. Bookings required $10 | Code 9306

How can books influence who we become – not just personally, but in our professional lives? Journalist Jessica Rowe, scientist Peter Doherty and banking leader Larke Riemer tell how reading has changed them, and boosted their careers for the better. Supported by Humanities 21 Tonic House $22/$19 | Code 6311

10:00 AM

Inside Australia’s Immigration Policy Immigration has long been a hotbutton issue in Australian politics. How has our policy evolved since the Racial Discrimination Act was founded 40 years ago? Who were the major players? What’s the role of the media in shaping public perception? Michael Bachelard and Tim Soutphommasane go deep. ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3301

The Halls of Power Delve inside the murky world of politics and government, as Joel Deane, former speechwriter to Steve Bracks and John Brumby, and Jamila Rizvi, former adviser to Kate Ellis and Kevin Rudd, reveal what it’s really like working in the halls of power. Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1301


How does climate change affect the way we live – and how will it in the future? How might sharing stories affect change? Tony Birch, Jacynta Fuamatu (350 Pacific), Michael Green and Vanessa O’Neill (Malthouse Theatre) will explore. Supported by Victoria University Metrowest, Victoria University

Barren Witches & Bossy Bitches Forty years after Damned Whores and God’s Police was first published, have we moved on? What archetypes are women up against in the national conversation now? Julia Baird and Anne Summers discuss how we can remake that conversation.

Jessica Rowe

11:30 AM

A Romantic Career Long-time romance novelists Australian Anne Gracie and American Mary Jo Putney share the ins and outs of their writing careers. They’ll talk about how the ever-popular genre – and the way it’s published – has changed over the years. The Wheeler Centre $22/$19 | Code 7302


Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1302

Finding Family Ramona Koval, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, searched for her biological father through tropical Queensland and rural Poland. Latika Bourke, born in India and adopted by Australian parents, returned to her birthplace to find her roots. They’ll share their fraught family journeys. ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3302


20 – 30 August 2015

Saturday 22 AUGUST 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Greg Sheridan: Inside Story

Losing It

Robert Macklin: Arguing Australian Identity

Get an insider’s view of some of our most influential politicians, as Greg Sheridan reflects on his chance friendships with figures such as Abbott, Costello, Carr, Turnbull and Rudd in their formative years. What do those years reveal about who they are today? Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1303

A look at romance writing across genres, and how virginity is treated in both YA and romance novels. Romance writer Melanie Milburne and YA author Fiona Wood talk about what virginal heroines (or even heroes?) and their stories tell us about contemporary society. The Wheeler Centre $22/$19 | Code 7303

Marking this centenary year of the Gallipoli landing, Robert Macklin’s lecture argues that hanging on to Australia’s Anglo-Celtic heritage is not only an anachronistic incongruity, but also a threat to our security. He outlines his vision for a genuine Australian identity. ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3303

Words & War Australia: War & Reconstruction While Gallipoli dominates the national conversation about nation-making, esteemed historian Stuart Macintyre argues that actually, the 1940s were more pivotal to our identity. He’ll talk about how post-war reconstruction shaped Australia against a background of wartime sacrifice and austerity. Sat 22 Aug, 1pm Shrine of Remembrance $22/$19 | Code 6301

Lest We Remember What’s in the history books depends on who writes them. In war, the experiences of women, Indigenous Australians and carers of the wounded on the homefront are relegated to the margins. Liz Byrski and Clare Wright remember what we’ve chosen to forget. Sat 22 Aug, 2.30pm Shrine of Remembrance $22/$19 | Code 6302

Michael Veitch: Heroes of the Skies Michael Veitch talks about the remarkable men whose memories he captured for his new book Heroes of the Skies. What was meeting these WWII airmen like? What were their thoughts looking back on the war – and what can we learn from them? Sat 22 Aug, 4pm Shrine of Remembrance $22/$19 | Code 6303




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Saturday 22 AUGUST 2:30 PM

Gerard Henderson: BA Santamaria Get an intimate insight into BA Santamaria, the man who changed Australian politics forever. Gerard Henderson talks about his new biography of the man who was his close colleague… until the two fell out, never to be reconciled. ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3304

Mark Latham: Politicians as Journalists Can ex-politicians write objectively about politics or are they too tied to the party machine? The alwaysbold Mark Latham explains why our politicians – and our press gallery – should do better, as he extols the unexpected career that emerged from his explosive memoir. Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1304

Richard Price: New York Crime Richard Price researches his novels by ‘hanging out’ with cops, coke dealers, and in the housing projects and neighbourhoods he chronicles. In The New Yorker, James Wood calls him ‘magical’. Tony Birch will talk to this New York literary titan – and screenwriter for The Wire.

4:00 PM

Alan Missen Oration: Jennifer Robinson, Free Speech & Human Rights Jennifer Robinson, Director of Legal Advocacy for the Bertha Foundation, has been described as ‘the new face of human rights law’. She’s worked with Geoffrey Robertson QC, defended Julian Assange, and worked for West Papua’s independence. Why are human rights so crucial? She’ll explain. Supported by Liberty Victoria Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1305

The Wheeler Centre $22/$19 | Code 7304



Digital DIY Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 August Northcote Town Hall Down with digital but want to develop your skills? Digital DIY will inspire, educate and connect writers and creators who want to make the most of professional opportunities beyond the printed page. Learn from creative superstars from Australia and overseas including Leo Babauta (Zen Habits) and Sarah Wilson (I Quit Sugar), Lucy Feagins (The Design Files), Pip Lincolne (Meet Me at Mikes) and Natalie Tran (Communitychannel) in this series of practical sessions covering a range of topics. Visit mwf.com.au for full details


20 – 30 August 2015

Saturday 22 AUGUST 4:00 PM

6:30 PM

7:30 PM

Eat the Sky: CrossCultural Collaborations

Ned Kelly Awards

Theatrics: The Wit and Wisdom of Jewish Literature

Indian writer Annie Zaidi and Australian graphic artist Mandy Ord were paired in Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean, an anthology of crosscultural collaboration. They’ll talk to Kirsty Murray about storytelling, working together and spending time in each other’s countries.

Australia’s premier crime writing awards, The Ned Kellys, are turning 20! Jane Clifton will host a celebratory night of entertainment, including the awards, the ‘Great Crime Debate’ (with Matthew Condon, Robert Gott, Vikki Petraitis, Leigh Redhead and SJ Watson), live music and bar.

Free, bookings required Code 7305

Bella Union, Trades Hall

Under Surveillance

7:00 PM

Is privacy possible in the digital age? Should information be free? Journalists Andrew Fowler and Bernard Keane expose the reach of government and corporate surveillance in their non fiction and fiction. Hear their thoughts about how increasing surveillance affects us all.

John Button Oration: Rebecca Huntley, A Fair Go

ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3305 5:00 PM

Older & Bolder How do different societies deal with ageing in general and ageing women in particular? Get a global perspective from Shobhaa De (India), Simonetta Agnello Hornby (Italy) and Sarah Winman (UK) with Renata Singer.

Cutting-edge director Gary Abrahams, believes in the power of text on stage. Extracting themes from over 2000 years of writing, Abrahams together with an ensemble of actors, will bring to life excerpts from Jewish writers in a dynamic Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival performance that includes scenes, monologues, readings and music. Sat 22 Aug 7.30pm, Sun 23 Aug 2pm & 6pm The Alex Theatre, St Kilda $36/$30

After a decade researching Australians’ attitudes, Rebecca Huntley shares what she’s learned about how we see – and experience – inequality. What does ‘a fair go’ look like? Who feels they’re not getting one? And do Australians think the idea is still relevant? Supported by the John Button Foundation Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1307

Supported by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Melbourne, the Australia India Institute and Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Queen Victoria Women’s Centre $22/$19 | Code 6204 VISIT MWF.COM.AU FOR FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAM DETAILS



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SuNday 23 AUGUST

Reading Now Indulge your bookish passions as you find out more about the books you love – and those you’re about to fall in love with. Join us to chinwag about books… just like you would with your book club, but with the authors right there! What can reading tell us about the world? Explore justice, ethics, marriage, sex, imagination… and more. Reading matters. Why not make a day of it? Visit mwf.com.au for full details.

After Gone Girl

Aussie Bestsellers

Was Gone Girl a game-changer? Or did edgy psychological thrillers with complex female protagonists already exist? Honey Brown and Ann Turner talk about the book that influenced a genre and discuss their own thrilling novels.

What’s it like to hit the big time on the international stage? Australians Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies) and Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Effect) share their rocket-ride to the top of worldwide bestseller lists. What drives their writing? And how do overseas readers (and publishers) receive their work?

Sun 23 Aug, 10am ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3401

Politics in the Novel Fiction holds up a mirror not just to the world, but also to very specific worlds. International novelists Simonetta Agnello Hornby and Suchen Christine Lim talk about how their work exposes the political underbellies of Sicily and Singapore. Supported by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Melbourne Sun 23 Aug, 10am ACMI The Cube

Sun 23 Aug, 10am Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1401

Historical Fictions: Crime & War What does historical fiction tell us about now? Writing about the past from a present-day perspective can revise and update our stored memories. War novelist Mark Dapin and crime writer Robert Gott reflect on how memories are made through reading and writing fiction. Sun 23 Aug, 11.30am ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3402

John Birmingham: Monsters & Mayhem Sun 23 Aug, 11.30am Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1402

Classified: Lit vs Genre Erotica, romance, women’s fiction, literature – what’s the difference between ‘genre’ and ‘literary’ fiction? Honey Brown, Krissy Kneen and Harrison Young – who all write about sex – talk about how their writing has been classified by publishers and booksellers, and received by readers. Sun 23 Aug, 1pm ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3403

Ethics of True Crime True crime is hugely popular for its ability to combine gripping storytelling with insights into the human mind. But what are the ethics of turning real-life crimes into pageturning reads? Matthew Condon and Alecia Simmonds talk about the responsibilities of the writer. Sun 23 Aug, 1pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1403




20 – 30 August 2015

SuNday 23 AUGUST Dubious Consent In fiction, taboos can be violated, lines crossed, and morals transgressed, without anyone getting hurt. Or can they? In the post-50 Shades world, novelists Krissy Kneen and SJ Watson explore the real-life responsibilities – and creative freedoms – of sexual fantasy on the page. Sun 23 Aug, 4pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1405

Reader, I Married Him

Real Justice?

Supported by the Australia India Institute

What is justice? How can the law deliver – or fail to deliver – it? And how might a person be warped by their need for justice? International bestsellers Richard Price and Michael Robotham explore the complexities of crime and justice in their work.

Sun 23 Aug, 1pm ACMI The Cube

Historical Fantasies CS Pacat and Ilka Tampke’s novels fuse historical fact with fantasy invention. Why do they set novels in different worlds, and how do they make those created worlds so believable? These two writers let their imaginations off the leash. Sun 23 Aug, 2.30pm ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3404

Sun 23 Aug, 2.30pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1404

WTF is Women’s Fiction? Sun 23 Aug, 2.30pm ACMI The Cube

Modern Mythologies Supported by Acción Cultural Española ACMI The Cube Sun 23 Aug, 4pm

Sarah Winman: A Year of Marvellous Ways Described by Patrick Gale as ‘Dylan Thomas given a sexy rewrite by Angela Carter’, A Year of Marvellous Ways explores an unlikely friendship between a 90-year-old loner and a young soldier. Sarah Winman talks about her glorious new novel, set in 1947 Cornwall. Sun 23 Aug, 4pm ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3405

What Happened Next Have you always wondered what happens after the story’s over? Five tellers of true-life tales update us on the ‘sequel’ to their creative works. Join memoirists Maggie Mackellar, Liam Pieper and Rebecca Starford, with true-crime writer Matthew Condon and playwright Declan Greene. Sun 23 Aug, 5.30pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1406




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SuNday 23 AUGUST 11:30 AM


2:30 PM

Writers Across Borders How does cultural exchange in writing and ideas work? Jhoanna Cruz, Cate Kennedy, Suchen Christine Lim, Omar Musa, Bao Chan Nguyen and Nyein Way share their experience of WrICE, an immersive intercultural experience. Enjoy readings and more in this lively and performative session. The Wheeler Centre Free, bookings required Code 7402 4:00 PM

The Boat: 40 Years of Vietnamese Culture It’s 40 years since the first big wave of Vietnamese migration to Australia. This celebratory event will feature a graphic screen storytelling of Nam Le’s The Boat and reflections on the changing migrant experience by SBS’s Kylie Boltin, writer André Dao, Mayor of the City of Maribyrnong Cr Nam Quach, and Pamela Curr.

Festival Club 
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5:30 PM

The World According to Short Stories ACMI The Cube

Bluestone Church Arts Space, Footscray

6:00 PM

Thinking & Drinking: I Quit Sugar Think you can’t live without sugar? Or know that you can? Either way, join Sarah Wilson as she chats about her two bestselling books on giving up the sweet stuff and eating the real stuff. Why do so many prefer processed to pure? Grub, Fitzroy $30 | Code 6504




20 – 30 August 2015

Monday 24 – Tuesday 25 AUGUST MONDAY 6:00 PM

MWF Big Book Club Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North. The Wheeler Centre Free, bookings required Code 7501 TUESDAY 1:00 PM

The Writer & the Librarian: Kevin Morgan State Library of Victoria Free, bookings required Code 6607


Thinking & Drinking: Fair Food Hear from a man who wants to change the world as Nick Rose talks food sovereignty and Australia’s fair food movement. What are the inequalities in Australia’s food system? And how might we go about fixing them? Grub, Fitzroy $30 | Code 6604

Simonetta Agnello Hornby: To Stay or to Go? This event is in Italian. Supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Melbourne The Italian Cultural Institute Free, bookings required Code 6608 TUESDAY 7:00 PM

YA Salon: Alice in Wonderland Join your favourite YA authors to celebrate the 150th birthday of one of literature’s weirdest classics: Alice in Wonderland. Bernard Beckett, Justine Larbalestier, Andrew McDonald, Allyse Near and Alice Pung will each respond to this subversive story in their own uniquely entertaining way.


Immigration: Then & Now How has migration to Australia changed in the past 50 years? Why do people come here, what do they leave behind – and how do we greet them? Abdi Aden (Somalia) and Arnold Zable (Poland) reflect on their experiences, and Australian migration policy. Immigration Museum $22/$19 | Code 6606


The Toff in Town $30/$27 | Code 6605

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Wednesday 26 AUGUST 5:30 PM

6:30 PM

6:45 PM

Alan Trounson: Stem Cell Innovation & Obstacles

Brave New Voices

Hugh Mackay: How to Live

What is the future of poetry? Our poetry stars hit the stage to shine a light on where live verse is heading in the 21st century. Featuring CR Avery, Alia Gabres, Richard Grantham, William Letford, MacGillivray, David Stavanger and Ryan Van Winkle.

How should we live? Science, religion, culture: what makes a good life for individuals, cities and the planet? How do we balance doing good with our own needs? With Stephen Ames, Hugh Mackay and Lea Waters.

Alan Trounson was an IVF pioneer – and he’s founded and headed stemcell research companies around the world. He’ll talk to Elizabeth Finkel, editor of Cosmos, about his continued fight to innovate in his field, in the face of ongoing opposition and obstacles. Supported by the Finkel Foundation The Wheeler Centre Free, bookings required Code 7701

Supported by Creative Scotland and the Canada Council for the Arts The Toff in Town $30/$27 | Code 6705

Brains, Genes & Gender

Supported by the Finkel Foundation

Alia Gabres

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7:00 PM

What can science tell us about who we are? How can it be used – and misused? World-renowned science writers Cordelia Fine and Christine Kenneally explore their work, their interests, and their experiences as women working in a field dominated by men.

Industry Insights Whether you’re just starting out, or have already been published, we’ve got a session to answer your burning questions about the writing industry. Festival authors will help you develop your skills while editors, critics, publishers and industry insiders share advice on the best ways to get published.

St Paul’s Cathedral $12 | Code 6704


The Wheeler Centre Free, bookings required Code 7702


20 – 30 August 2015

Thursday 27 AUGUST 1:00 PM

The Writer & the Librarian: Kirsty Murray State Library of Victoria Free, bookings required Code 6804 6:00 PM

Good Muslim Boy, Good Greek Girl What’s it like to be a first-generation migrant stuck between cultures – especially when who you’re supposed to be conflicts with who you really are? Maria Katsonis and Osamah Sami reflect on battling expectations and defying stereotypes. Immigration Museum $22/$19 | Code 6805

A Room of One’s Own: Women & Money Virginia Woolf said, ‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction’. But don’t all women? What are the barriers to women being financially independent? Financial advisor Nicole Heales and Sophie Cunningham talk money matters. Supported by Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Queen Victoria Women’s Centre $22/$19 | Code 6806

6:30 PM

Askin’ For It: Violence & Australian Language The Wheeler Centre Free, bookings required Code 7802




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Festival Forum MWF’s Festival Forum poses a big question about an issue of world importance… and invites you to help us work towards an answer. There’s a dynamic series of events, writers sharing their ideas, digital reporters who’ll ask for your say, and a writer in residence who’ll nut out the issues even after the Festival has finished. Dive into it, and help us come up with a lasting contribution. As Australians, what’s our responsibility to children, on a global level? What can – and should – we do to help children living with the consequences of war? As war continues to erupt in global hotspots like the Middle East, how might we learn the lessons of Afghanistan, a conflict we’re implicated in, so we can apply them to protecting future generations? Visit mwf.com.au for full details. Supported by Save the Children Australia

Kids Creative Workshop If you had a penpal in Afghanistan, what might they be telling you right now? Join 100 Story Building for an artist-led creative workshop and show us what those unique stories might be. Suggested age range 9–12. Sat 22 Aug, 2pm 100 Story Building Free, bookings required Code 6316


The Middle East Today

Collateral Damage

Conflict Resolution

How do we as a society respond to the needs of children in post-conflict zones? What lessons can we take from the rebuilding of Afghanistan, to apply later in current war-torn areas such as Syria? Foreign correspondent Jamie Tarabay shares her insights.

What’s the best way of communicating the human cost of conflict? Nothing nurtures empathy like storytelling. But what’s most effective: telling true stories or conveying genuine truths through fiction? Kooshyar Karimi (Leila’s Story) and Lyn White (editor of the Through My Eyes series) explore.

Wed 26 Aug, 6pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Sat 29 Aug, 2.30pm ACMI The Cube

How do we respond to the needs of children living amid the aftermath of war? We’re asking this question in various ways across the Festival’s 11 days – through literature, journalism and children’s storytelling. Now join our writer in residence for a discussion reflecting on questions raised during the Festival.


Sun 30 Aug, 10am The Wheeler Centre Free, bookings required Code 7111


20 – 30 August 2015

Friday 28 AUGUST 6:00 AM

Triple R Breakfasters Live Rise and shine with Triple R Breakfasters Josh Earl, Alicia Sometimes and Steve Wide for this special early-morning broadcast live from Fed Square. The Breakfasters will be joined by international Festival guests including Tariq Ali and Daniel Handler, plus some of our favourite local writers. Join us for the full three hours or drop in on your way to work. Supported by 3RRR 102.7FM and Footpath Guides Deakin Edge, Fed Square

10:00 AM

Anna Bligh: Through The Wall Anna Bligh’s resilience is epitomised by her steady presence at the Queensland floods, sleeves rolled up. From her working-class upbringing through her years as Premier and diagnosis with cancer, it’s been a common theme. She’ll share her challenges, triumphs and experience.

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

Editors at Work

Is Climate Change the New Apocalypse?

What’s it like to help shape the work and careers of some of the world’s great writers – including Peter Carey, Jonathan Franzen, Kate Grenville and Cate Kennedy? Jonathan Galassi, Craig Munro and Aviva Tuffield bring the invisible art of editing out of the shadows. ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4901

For previous generations, end-ofthe-world visions involved nuclear meltdown or alien invasions. But right now, climate change seems the dominant threat to life on earth. How does this translate to our fiction? James Bradley (Clade) and Jane Rawson (A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists) will explore.

Les Murray: A Poetic Life

fortyfivedownstairs $22/$19 | Code 6901

Can poetry transform our view of the world? Find out in this audience with one of the world’s greatest contemporary poets. Australia’s celebrated (and, at times, controversial) Les Murray will read from his latest collection and talk about his extraordinary career. ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3901

Secrets & Lies ACMI The Cube

11:30 AM

Christopher Pyne: Lessons From My Father How do you juggle family life with the demands of parliament and the 24-hour news cycle? Liberal MP and father of four Christopher Pyne draws on personal experience (and his father’s example) to reveal why a life of public service is ultimately worthwhile. Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1902

Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1901




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Friday 28 AUGUST 11:30 AM

11:30 AM

Diaspora & Belonging

Gideon Haigh: Melbourne Mystery

There’s no place like home: but what happens when political upheaval ejects you from your homeland? What happens when you return? Ghada Karmi (Palestine/UK) and Suki Kim (South Korea/US) share their experiences of distance, diaspora and belonging. ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3902

ACMI The Cube

Good (Enough) Mothers Mothers and writers Jane Caro, Monica Dux and Fatima Measham – all contributors to Mothermorphosis – talk about why they choose not to live up to society’s unrealistic expectations of motherhood, and why that makes them good (enough) parents. ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4902 1:00 PM

Eka Kurniawan in Conversation ACMI The Cube Suki Kim

Don Watson: The Bush An astute commentator on society and politics, Don Watson turns his attention to Australia’s interior and the mythical ‘bush’. Why does the bush occupy such an important place in the national consciousness, and what does its centrality say about our national character? Ghada Karmi

Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1903

Jane Caro

1:00 PM

Roger Cohen: The Girl from Human Street In his moving memoir, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen looks back on his family’s decades of migration, as they scattered from Lithuania to England, the US and Israel. Raimond Gaita asks him about otherness, heritage and resilience. How is cultural identity forged amidst displacement? ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4903

Will Self: The Death of the Novel The literary novel as an art work and a narrative art form central to our culture is dying,’ says Will Self. Join the enfant terrible of UK letters as he reflects on his long career, which spans the satirical, grotesque and fantastical. ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3903




20 – 30 August 2015

Friday 28 AUGUST 2:30 PM

Blurred Lines: Fact vs Fiction ACMI The Cube

Dark Motives What drives a person to kill their children? Helen Garner explored the question in This House of Grief while thriller writer and psychiatrist Anne Buist encounters it in her work. They’ll share their perspective on the psychology behind such tragedies.

Book Launches Seizure Viva la Novella Prize Fri 21 Aug, 5.30pm Verandah 30 Fri 21 Aug, 5.30pm The Big Issue Fiction Edition Fri 21 Aug, 7.30pm Wild Man Alecia Simmonds Sat 22 Aug, 2.30pm R&R Mark Dapin Sat 22 Aug, 5.30pm

Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1904

With Just One Suitcase Cheryl Koenig Sun 23 Aug, 2.30pm

Inside New York Publishing

A Town Called Dust & A City Called Smoke Justin Woolley Sun 23 Aug, 5.30pm

Joanna Rakoff was a literary agent in New York in the 1990s. Jonathan Galassi is a New York editor whose famous finds include Jonathan Franzen. They give Sophie Cunningham their different perspectives on working in the legendary world of New York publishing. ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4904

On Happiness. New Ideas for the 21st Century Wed 26 Aug, 5.30pm Verge 2015 Sat 29 Aug, 11.30am The Crocodile Hotel Julie Janson Sat 29 Aug, 2.30pm Double Madness Caroline de Costa Sat 29 Aug, 5.30pm Fever of Animals Miles Allinson Sun 30 Aug, 2.30pm Award Winning Australian Writing Sun 30 Aug, 5pm Free Visit mwf.com.au for full details

Right Now Tue 25 Aug, 6pm

2:30 PM

4:00 PM

Novel Ideas

Barry Hill: Peacemongers

Why choose fiction to explore ideas? Two of Australia’s most intellectually curious novelists, James Bradley and Mireille Juchau, will reflect on how ideas come together with story and character in their work.

Barry Hill explores the life of the mind – and the heart – in Peacemongers, a journey from India to Japan in the footsteps of Indian artist and intellectual, Rabindranath Tagore. Raimond Gaita will talk to him about this epic journey, memoir and meditation on peace.

ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3904

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Friday 28 AUGUST

4:00 PM

5:30 PM

7:00 PM

First Nations: Maori Voices


Drawing the Outback

ACMI The Cube

German graphic novelist Jan Bauer and Australian writer and cartoonist Joshua Santospirito talk about their very different graphic works about the Australian outback. With visual presentations, they offer a unique insight into a part of the world that is far away from urban Australia.

Subversive, moving and political, Patricia Grace is one of New Zealand’s leading Maori writers, with a swag of national (and international) awards across novels, short stories and children’s literature. Her daughter, Briar Grace-Smith, is a renowned playwright, poet and short-story writer. Meet New Zealand’s finest. Supported by First Nations Australia Writers Network ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3905

7:00 PM

Coetzee, Garner, Malouf: Three Stories JM Coetzee, Helen Garner, David Malouf. Three great writers – one unique evening. Each of these literary giants will read one of their short stories in its entirety. A rare opportunity to hear directly from these remarkable Australian talents. Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1907



Supported by Goethe-Institut Australia The Wheeler Centre $22/$19 | Code 7901


20 – 30 August 2015

Saturday 29 AUGUST 8:30 AM

10:00 AM

10:00 AM

Coffee & Papers

Eleanor Catton on Reading

Tim Flannery & Clive Hamilton: Engineering the Climate

Start your MWF day with the perfect pick-me-up: a shot of caffeine and the day’s news, with senior Age journalists and editors… and some of the Festival’s most interesting writers and thinkers. Supported by The Age Festival Club at ACMI Admission free to The Age subscribers. Bookings required $10 | Code 9107

When it comes to the value of reading, Booker Prize-winning author Eleanor Catton put her money where her mouth is: she’s funded a prize to give writers time to read. She’ll explain why, and share the books and writers who influence her own work. Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1101

10:00 AM

Antonia Hayes: Relativity

ACMI The Cube

ACMI The Cube

Craig Munro: Publishing the Greats

NGV Australia $22/$19 | Code 6101

ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3101 11:30 AM

Big Love

What was it like to discover Peter Carey, edit David Malouf, befriend Jane Campion and publish Elizabeth Jolley and Kate Grenville? Craig Munro was at the centre of Australian publishing’s heyday. He’ll remember the highlights and reflect on today’s epic changes.

Can climate engineering save the world? Tim Flannery and Clive Hamilton believe we may be forced to adapt to climate change by extreme methods. What would this mean for the human species – and is it a source of hope, an indictment of our species, or both?

David Malouf: Being There

New Asia: Griffith Review Three writers disrupt common perceptions of their countries. Murong Xuecun reveals potentially dangerous undercurrents in China, while Singaporean poet Joshua Ip and Indonesian author Maggie Tiojakin describe ripples that indicate more than is generally known about their nations.

David Malouf is one of Australia’s great writers – of fiction, poetry and now non fiction. He’ll riff on the themes of his trilogy of essays: home, writers and writing, and music. Share the passions of this much-loved literary maestro. Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1102

ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4101




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Saturday 29 AUGUST 11:30 AM

11:30 AM

1:00 PM

Joanna Rakoff: My Salinger Year

The Fifth Estate: The Influence of ISIS

Antony Beevor: Hitler’s Last Gamble

Joanna Rakoff’s first publishing job found her answering JD Salinger’s fan mail and fending off his admirers… all without a computer, let alone the Internet. Be transported to New York publishing in the 1990s, as Joanna reflects on My Salinger Year.

Sally Warhaft is joined by Jamie Tarabay, senior editor of national security and tech at Vocativ, and Roger Cohen, International New York Times foreign affairs columnist – to discuss the growing influence of ISIS and, more generally, the challenges of reporting on global conflict today.

Hear from the man who puts history books on top of the bestseller lists – Antony Beevor. His latest book, Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble is the definitive account of the greatest battle of WWII… the western front’s counterpart to Stalingrad.

NGV Australia $22/$19 | Code 6102

Steven Carroll & John Kinsella: Writing Place

Supported by the Wheeler Centre

Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1103

ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3102

ACMI Studio 1 $22/$29 | Code 4102

Exhibitions French Illustration

Is This How You Feel?

Spark your imagination with this exhibition of wonderful images from children’s publisher l’école des loisirs, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. A visual history of this important French publishing company, the exhibition includes images by MWF special guest Kitty Crowther.

Is This How You Feel? is an exhibition of 22 handwritten letters from some of Australia’s leading climate researchers, describing how climate change makes them feel. Written with passion instead of in dry scientific language, the letters are powerful, heartfelt and raw.

Supported by the French Embassy in Australia

18 to 29 August, Tuesday to Friday 11am–5pm, Saturday 12–4pm fortyfivedownstairs

1 to 30 August, 9am–5pm daily Sofitel Melbourne on Collins



Pride, Mischief & Murder Explore a whimsy of collective nouns – real and imagined – at this exhibition by Helen Kocis Edwards, Andrej Kocis and Rebecca Young in conjunction with students from Kimberley Training Institute Broome and local printmakers. 18 to 30 August, Tuesday to Saturday 11am–5pm, Sunday 12–5pm No Vacancy Project Space


20 – 30 August 2015

Saturday 29 AUGUST 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Capital: Valuing What Matters


Thomas Piketty’s unlikely international bestseller Capital questions the core of the capitalist system. The Australia Institute’s Richard Denniss similarly questions the assumptions of economic modelling. What do we put a dollar value on, what don’t we, and why? He and feminist economist Andie Fox discuss.

Cloistered, inward-looking and dominated by an idiosyncratic dictatorship: to the outside world, North Korea just might be the world’s most unknowable nation. Film-maker Anna Broinowski and memoirist Suki Kim report back on their sojourns in a bizarre world where oppression is only relieved by the mass military spectacles of the regime.

ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4103

ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3103

Why We Read

2:00 PM

Annie Barrows and Malcolm Knox talk about the influence of books and reading on their lives and their work. Hear them pay testament to the books they love and the power of a good story well told.

The Politics and Pleasures of Walking

NGV Australia $22/$19 | Code 6103

Writing Mothers ACMI The Cube

Literary giant Will Self says walking is a political act. Sophie Cunningham agrees: she won ABR’s Calibre Prize for an essay on walking that meanders through Alzheimer’s, climate change, and New York’s streets. Together, they’ll meditate on what walking means. Join us for this special celebration featuring light afternoon tea. Supported by Australian Book Review Assembly Hall at Boyd $30 | Code 6109

2:30 PM

Peter Doherty: Knowledge Wars Scientific knowledge used to be power. Peter Doherty argues that the powerful now try to deny scientists’ knowledge, particularly on climate change. The Nobel Prize winner explores how science works and asks what non-scientist citizens can do to reclaim both power and knowledge. ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3104




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Saturday 29 AUGUST 2:30 PM

Local Libraries Don’t miss international and local Festival guests at a library near you. Matthew Condon: Crime & Corruption St Kilda Public Library Sat 22 Aug, 11am Liane Moriarty: Big Little Lies Frankston Library Sat 22 Aug, 1pm Winning Writing: Literary Awards Eltham Library Sat 22 Aug, 2pm SJ Watson: Wicked Games Footscray Library Sat 22 Aug, 2pm The Art of Storytelling Library at the Dock Sat 22 Aug, 2pm

Liz Byrski: In Love & War St Kilda Public Library Sun 23 Aug, 11am Footscray Fiction Footscray Town Hall Sun 23 Aug, 2pm Crime & Class Nunawading Library Sat 29 Aug, 11.30am Laurie Penny: Unspeakable Things Deakin University, Geelong Sat 29 Aug, 3.30pm Visit mwf.com.au for full details and booking info

Damned Whores and God’s Police: 40 Years On National Wool Museum, Geelong Sat 22 Aug, 3.30pm

2:30 PM

Class Act

Daniel Handler: We Are Pirates

ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4104


A novel about publishing by one of the greats of publishing? Delicious. Jonathan Galassi, president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, gives you the lowdown on his debut novel Muse, where life meets art. Juicy insider details abound. NGV Australia $22/$19 | Code 6104 4:00 PM

A Puzzling Crime Puzzle king David Astle talks to thriller queen Sophie Hannah about her latest psychological rollercoaster ride, A Game for All the Family. A cryptic story, anonymous phone calls and a series of threats… it all adds up to a literary puzzle that needs solving. ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4105

2:30 PM

How does class affect how we live and interact? Have our attitudes to class evolved? Tony Briggs (The Sapphires) and acclaimed playwright Hannie Rayson talk about the role of class in their writing for the stage and screen – and in the so-called ‘classless’ Australian society.

Jonathan Galassi: Muse

Daniel Handler, best known as children’s favourite Lemony Snicket, brings his deliciously skewed sensibility to his ‘grownup’ fiction, too. His black-witted new novel We Are Pirates charts desperate searches for happiness and freedom, going beyond the boundaries of ordinary lives. Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1104



20 – 30 August 2015

Saturday 29 AUGUST 4:00 PM

5:30 PM

5:30 PM

Amanda Lohrey: A Pilgrim’s Progress

Jack Andraka: Teen Scientist BREAKS THROUGH

Indigenous Writing Now

ACMI The Cube

Andrew Ford: Earth Dances How does music strike a personal chord with us as listeners? Composer and Radio National broadcaster Andrew Ford explores how composers hark back to the primal – to drums and drones and dance – to touch something deep within us all.

Inspiration and invention are at the heart of this conversation with Jack Andraka. The 18-yearold explains how he invented a breakthrough medical test at just 15, and opens up about his personal experiences as a young gay scientist. Supported by the US Consulate General and Cosmos Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1106

In this dynamic showcase event, the First Nations Australia Writers Network presents some of Australia’s finest Indigenous writers, performing live. With Tony Birch, Melissa Lucashenko, Ellen van Neerven, Samuel Wagan Watson and more. The Wheeler Centre Free, bookings required Code 7101

Reading Indonesia ACMI The Cube

ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3105

The Story of Penguin Get the untold story behind the world’s most recognisable publishing brand – Penguin Books. In his new history of the company, Stuart Kells explores the creative relationships between the three founding brothers. What was their legacy, both globally and in Australia? NGV Australia $22/$19 | Code 6105




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Saturday 29 AUGUST 7:00 PM

7:00 PM

The Book Look: Contemporary Cover Design

Queer Literary Salon

What role does design play in the present – and future – of book publishing? The advent of ebooks has raised the profile (and the stakes) of what a physical book looks and feels like. Acclaimed book designer David Pearson takes us on a tour of contemporary design. Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1107


Come out and celebrate queer culture, in a literary salon that combines revelation with a shot of revelry. A night of interviews, readings, true tales, live illustration… and special guests Jack Andraka, Rebecca Starford, Sam Wallman and Sarah Waters. Supported by Star Observer The Toff in Town $30/$27 | Code 6108


Jack Andraka


20 – 30 August 2015

Festival Of Dangerous Ideas MWF is excited to partner with the Sydney Opera House to present the Festival of Dangerous Ideas Melbourne. Expect lively and thought-provoking discussions from leading cultural creators and key thinkers from around the world. Visit mwf.com.au for full details.

Tariq Ali: Pointless Elections What’s the point of elections if the result is always a victory for the Extreme Centre? In the postCold War world, politics is now a contest about who can better serve the needs of the market. Tariq Ali asks: is this political wisdom or suicide? Fri 28 Aug, 4pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1905

Jon Ronson: Public Shame What does the rise of shame culture say about us, and is it part of the online world that is here to stay? Jon Ronson spent three years talking to ordinary people who became targets of virtual mobs, and will talk about what he found with host John Safran.

Marc Lewis: ADDICTION What if addiction isn’t a disease at all? New research suggests addiction is a learned adaptation to emotional needs resulting from the normal functioning of the human brain. Neuroscientist and former addict Marc Lewis believes we need to rethink our approaches to addiction and treatment. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Salvation Army Sun 30 Aug, 11.30am Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1112

Naomi Klein: Capitalism & the Climate Is capitalism at war with our planet? Naomi Klein’s inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon, it’s about capitalism. But this can become the catalyst for radical positive change and the chance to build something better – a safer, fairer, more equal world. Sun 30 Aug, 4pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1115

Eric Schlosser: Nuclear Delusions

Supported by 3RRR 102.7FM

We’ve known how to build nuclear weapons for a long time: so why can’t we work out how to keep them safe? We’re in collective denial about the massive risk that nuclear weapons will go wrong. Eric Schlosser tells us why we should worry.

Sat 29 Aug, 8.30pm Athenaeum Theatre $22/$19 | Code 1109

Sun 30 Aug, 1pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1113




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Sunday 30 AUGUST 10:00 AM

Hannah Kent & John Marsden: Convicts Join two generations of Australian literary titans, as the wildly popular Hannah Kent and John Marsden discuss the convicts at the centre of their historical novels. Why is the convict such a compelling figure – for them and their many readers? Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1111

In Their Prime: Sex After 60 How do sex and desire evolve as you age? Do women still want it? Do women still need it? And can they still have it? Renata Singer (Older and Bolder) and 93-year-old Rose Stone get down and dirty about sex and the older woman. ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3111

Leaving Soviet Russia

10:00 AM

11:30 AM

Sam Lipski’s Let My People Go tells how Australia contributed to the emigration of over a million Jews from Russia to Israel. With historian Sheila Fitzpatrick, he’ll look at the history of this migration, and the discrimination they left behind.

Reimagining Agatha Christie

The New Gothic

ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4111

Agatha Christie is the world’s bestselling author and Hercule Poirot one of literature’s great characters. Sophie Hannah shares her experience of revitalising Poirot for a new generation – and the enduring appeal of Agatha Christie mysteries. ACMI The Cube



ACMI The Cube


20 – 30 August 2015

Sunday 30 AUGUST 11:30 AM

1:00 PM

2:30 PM

Malcolm Knox: The Wonder Lover

Biographers at Work

Annie Barrows: The Truth According to Us

Secrets. Deceptions. Shadow lives. They’re all recurring themes for Malcolm Knox, the Australian novelist lauded by Christos Tsiolkas and compared to Tim Winton. In the virtuouso The Wonder Lover, Knox shadows an ordinary man living three separate lives: with three wives and families. ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3112

Get an insider’s look at the business of writing biographies. What are the challenges? The opportunities and dangers of getting close to your subject? And do you put yourself in the work? Martin Flanagan, Erik Jensen and Lucy Sussex spill the beans. ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3113

Love & Loss ACMI The Cube

Sarai Walker: Dietland Is anti-chick-lit manifesto Dietland a call to arms for women? Hear Sarai Walker talk about the issues addressed so passionately in her debut novel – women’s treatment in our society and the battleground over their bodies. Is vigilantism the answer?

Gail Jones: A Guide to Berlin What does distance from our ‘real lives’ reveal about who we really are? In A Guide to Berlin, her first novel in five years, the magnificent Gail Jones unites six international strangers in Berlin, connected by their shared interest in Vladimir Nabokov.

ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4113

Annie Barrows co-authored the international smash-hit The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society with her aunt. In her solo debut, she employs her characteristic charm to explore family secrets in a small town, in The Truth According to Us. ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4114

Lisa Gorton & John Kinsella: Poetry to Prose ACMI The Cube

Sheila Fitzpatrick: Meet Stalin’s Team Who were the major players on Stalin’s team? What were their relationships with this powerful personality? Soviet history expert Sheila Fitzpatrick takes you behind the scenes of Stalin’s rule, from the unique perspectives of those closest to him. ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3114

ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4112




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Sunday 30 AUGUST 4:00 PM

David Astle: A History of Riddles ACMI The Cube

Tariq Ali: The Islam Quintet Tariq Ali’s novels form an epic panorama that begins in 15thcentury Moorish Spain and ends in the 21st-century cities of Lahore, London, Paris and Beijing. Enter the imagination of one of the world’s greatest progressive thinkers. ACMI Studio 1 $22/$19 | Code 4115

Writing History with Antony Beevor ACMI Cinema 1 $22/$19 | Code 3115 7:00 PM


Small Screen Step inside the world of watching in a series for the TV-addict in all of us. We’ll go behind the scenes of Love my Way with Claudia Karvan and John Edwards, meet Miss Phryne Fisher, and talk telly with industry insiders and pop-culture gurus including Tony Briggs, Mel Campbell, Deborah Cox, and Benjamin Law. Visit mwf.com.au for full details



Claudia Karvan


20 – 30 August 2015

This year Melbourne Writers Festival is celebrating 30 years, which is, coincidentally, my own age. For the entirety of my lifetime, MWF has been showcasing the writing of authors, bringing readers and thinkers together, and ensuring a vibrant cultural calendar of literary celebration. It’s an astonishing achievement. As an emerging author, I know first-hand how significant and farreaching MWF’s support of writers can be. This year I am honoured to be included in MWF’s 30 Under 30, an initiative that promotes 30 of Melbourne’s young writers, editors and illustrators in Australia and beyond. It is a rare opportunity,

and one that I, and my 29 peers, know will be crucial to our continued development as Australian artists. Melbourne Writers Festival would not have flourished these past three decades were it not for donations from the public. If it is to thrive for another 30 years, MWF needs this continued generosity. If you believe that literature is important, and if you want to ensure that writers such as myself receive opportunities to grow and contribute to Australian cultural life, please become a MWF Citizen of Literature. Hannah Kent

Individual donations are crucial to MWF. No matter how large or small, your gift will ensure the Festival continues to be a dynamic, enquiring program that presents writers of appeal to readers of all ages, backgrounds and passions. Donate online at mwf.com.au/donate or include a donation with your ticket purchase. To find out more please contact the MWF development team via 03 9094 7861 or development@mwf.com.au. MWF is an incorporated association with Deductible Gift Recipient and charitable status. All donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.



Children & TEENs

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From toddlers to teenagers, we’ve got something for everyone who reads, no matter their age. Learn, discover, draw, make things… and be entertained. With performances, creative workshops and lots of free events! Visit mwf.com.au for full details.

Ninja Nannas & Pirate Pops With Damon Young. Sat 22 Aug, 10am ACMI The Cube

Frank Woodley: Kizmet Join comedian turned children’s author Frank Woodley.

Schools’ Program With over 80 events and more than 60 authors, illustrators and storytellers, our Schools’ Program is Australia’s biggest literary festival for students aged 7 to VCE. Visit mwf.com.au for full details

ILLUSTRATOR IN RESIDENCE Daily three-hour sessions where leading illustrators work live from 12pm in the Fed Square Atrium. Fri 21, Sat 22, Sun 23, Fri 28, Sat 29, Sun 30 Aug

Next Gen: Future Voices

Sat 22 Aug, 11.30am ACMI The Cube

Broede Carmody and Gillian Terzis chat about their work as young writers. How did they get their start? Have they deliberately planned their careers? What tips do they have for aspiring writers?

Girls Books vs Boys Books

Supported by Future Leaders

With Myke Bartlett, Danielle Binks & Sally Rippin.

Sat 22 Aug, 4pm ACMI The Cube

Supported by the Stella Prize Sat 22 Aug, 1pm ACMI The Cube

Kitty Crowther & Shaun Tan: International Illustrators

Indigenous Hip Hop Workshop

A day of family programming at MWF culminates in this special event – a chance to hear illustrators Kitty Crowther and Shaun Tan, both winners of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the biggest prize in children’s literature, discuss their work.

Sat 22 Aug, 2.30pm ACMI The Cube

Sat 22 Aug, 5.30pm Deakin Edge, Fed Square $22/$19 | Code 1306



Children & TEENs Activities at ArtPlay Draw, craft, make things and work with leading Australian authors and illustrators at ArtPlay. Ages: pre-school to primary school Visit mwf.com.au for full details

Exhibition: French Illustration See page 32.

THE STORY PEDDLERS With Sally Rippin, Patrick Verdon, Sausage Dog Productions and guests. Sat 29 & Sun 30 Aug, 10am–6pm Fed Square

20 – 30 August 2015

Teens At Signal Two days of free events at Signal, just for teens. Visit mwf.com.au for full details

Workshop: Zine Making

BOOK CLUB: Fan Fictions

With Cameron Baker and Brodie Lancaster.

With Danielle Binks, Melissa Keil and Justine Larbalestier.

Sat 22 Aug, 11.30am Free, bookings required Code 6313

Sun 23 Aug, 1pm Free, bookings required Code 6404

Workshop: Selfie Stories

YA Book Swap

With Minna Gilligan (Rookie magazine) and Natalie Tran (Communitychannel). Sat 22 Aug, 3pm Free, bookings required Code 6314

A fast and furious event for YA book lovers! Sun 23 Aug, 3pm Free, bookings required Code 6405



Festival Guests Gary Abrahams Abdi Aden Alex Adsett Gay Alcorn Tariq Ali Patrick Allington Miles Allinson Stephen Ames Jack Andraka Karen Andrews Adolfo Aranjuez Samhita Arni David Astle Alan Attwood CR Avery Leo Babauta Michael Bachelard Van Badham Amy Baillieu Julia Baird Cameron Baker Emilie Zoey Baker Mohammad Baqiri Annie Barrows Myke Bartlett Max Barry Jan Bauer Bernard Beckett Antony Beevor Danielle Binks Tony Birch John Birmingham Emily Bitto Anna Bligh David Blumenstein Kylie Boltin Latika Bourke James Bradley Anna Branford Ginger Briggs Tony Briggs Adrian Briones Anna Broinowski Jax Jacki Brown Honey Brown Anne Buist Ita Buttrose Liz Byrski Bernard Caleo Mel Campbell Gabrielle Carey David Carlin Broede Carmody Jane Caro Steven Carroll Barrie Cassidy Eleanor Catton Maxine Beneba Clarke JM Coetzee Roger Cohen Robert Coleman


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Matthew Condon Deborah Cox Annabel Crabb Melissa Cranenburgh Alison Croggon Kitty Crowther Jhoanna Cruz Ashleigh Cummings Sophie Cunningham Pamela Curr Jane Curry Deb Cuthbertson André Dao Mark Dapin Oslo Davis Graeme Davison Gregory Day Jenny Darling Shobhaa De Louis de Bernières Caroline de Costa Joel Deane Richard Denniss Catherine Deveny Garry Disher Emer Diviney Peter Doherty Beth Driscoll Monica Dux Josh Earl John Edwards Ben Eltham Lucy Feagins Chris Feik Adele Ferguson Carly Findlay Cordelia Fine SJ Finn Sheila Fitzpatrick Martin Flanagan Tim Flannery Ross Floate Eugenia Flynn Andrew Ford Clare Forster Andrew Fowler Andie Fox Morag Fraser AM Jacynta Fuamatu Alia Gabres Raimond Gaita Jonathan Galassi Ailie Gallant Helen Garner Susan Giles Minna Gilligan Chris Gooch Lisa Gorton Robert Gott Patricia Grace Briar Grace-Smith

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Anne Gracie Richard Grantham Amy Gray Clint Greagan Michael Green Declan Greene Kate Grenville Alice Grundy Gideon Haigh Clive Hamilton Daniel Handler Sophie Hannah Marieke Hardy Rebecca Harkins-Cross Jane Harrison Antonia Hayes Nicole Heales Gerard Henderson Anna Hickey Barry Hill Elizabeth Honey Simonetta Agnello Hornby Sarah Howell Rebecca Huntley Elise Hurst Ben Hutchings Indigenous Hip Hop Projects Joshua Ip Ann James Julie Janson Ele Jenkins Erik Jensen Mike Jones Gail Jones Rod Jones Toni Jordan Nicholas Jose Mireille Juchau Dion Kagan Leah Kaminsky Kooshyar Karimi Ghada Karmi Claudia Karvan Maria Katsonis Bernard Keane Melissa Keil Stuart Kells Christine Kenneally Cate Kennedy Tim Kennedy Hannah Kent Sausage Dog Productions Sheng Keyi Suki Kim Josh Kinal John Kinsella Naomi Klein Krissy Kneen Malcolm Knox Andrej Kocis Helen Kocis Edwards

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Laurie Penny Vikki Petraitis Hoa Pham Liam Pieper Deborah Pike Jane Porter Rachel Power Richard Price Alice Pung Kira Puru Mary Jo Putney Bhakthi Puvanenthiran Christopher Pyne Cr Nam Quach Gideon Raff Joanna Rakoff Jane Rawson Hannie Rayson Leigh Redhead Elizabeth Redman Dolores Redondo Georgina Reid Scott Reid Larke Riemer Francesca Rendle-Short Sally Rippin Jamila Rizvi Alice Robinson Jennifer Robinson Michael Robotham Jon Ronson Nick Rose Peter Rose Jessica Rowe Mark Rubbo OAM Tracy Ryan Luke Ryan John Safran Osamah Sami Joshua Santospirito Sasha Sarago Ellena Savage Eric Schlosser Brian Schmidt Nathan Scolaro Terry Speed Will Self Greg Sheridan Rochelle Siemienowicz Alecia Simmonds Graeme Simsion Jenny Sinclair Peter Singer Renata Singer Robert Skinner Jennie Smith Tai Snaith Alicia Sometimes Tim Soutphommasane Rebecca Starford David Stavanger

20 – 30 August 2015

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Rose Stone Veronica Sullivan Anne Summers Lucy Sussex Miguel Syjuco Ilka Tampke Shaun Tan Jamie Tarabay Gillian Terzis Rob Thomas Lilit Zekulin Thwaites Maggie Tiojakin Natalie Tran Lucy Treloar Alan Trounson Aviva Tuffield Billie Tumarkin Maria Tumarkin Ann Turner Abigail Ulman Louris van de Geer Gerard Van Dych Ellen van Neerven Stephanie van Schilt Ryan van Winkle Lorelei Vashti Michael Veitch Patrick Verdon Samuel Wagan Watson Sarai Walker Sam Wallman Kevin Walsh Sally Warhaft Lea Waters Sarah Waters SJ Watson Don Watson Richard Watts Nyein Way Sean M Whelan Lyn White Steve Wide Kim Williams Sarah Wilson Sarah Winman Fiona Wood Frank Woodley Laura Woollett Justin Woolley Clare Wright Murong Xuecun Damon Young Harrison Young Rebecca Young Jessica Yu Arnold Zable Annie Zaidi Paul Zappa

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Education PARTNERS




Thanks Festival Supporters ABC Ballarat Aesop Alpha60

20 – 30 August 2015

Principal Patron

Cecilia Myers

The Hart Line Fund, a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation

Mark Rubbo OAM

Paul & Angela Riggs, Salon Productions Australia Nick Ruskin


Jane Smith

Australia India Institute Australian Jewish News

The Cornish Family

Michael Webster

Avant Card

Maria & Allan J Myers AO QC


Melbourne Writers Festival Board

Finkel Foundation

Michael Webster (Chair)

Dr George & Rosa Morstyn

John Jerome Myers (Vice Chair)

John Jerome Myers

Bernard Marin AM (Treasurer)

Canada Council for the Arts Classic Cameo Lido Cinemas Cosmos Creative Legal Evan Evans Embassy of France in Australia Film Victoria First Nations Australia Writers Network Future Leaders Goethe-Institut Australia

Marion Webster

Champions Malcolm Broomhead Rosemary Geer

Nick Ruskin (Secretary) Jill Craig Jayne Dullard Karen Monaghan Bob Sessions AM

Humanities 21

BB & A Miller Fund, a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Harrison Young

Special Thanks


Our very special thanks go to CPR Communications & Public Relations; Helen Sheppard and Liberty Travel; John Paxinos and Associates; Hannah Kent; ANZ Investor Relations; Queensland Poetry Festival; Romance Writers of Australia; the MWF Programming Committee and Schools Programming Committee, our Audience Advocates; plus each and every one of the wonderful staff and volunteers who are essential to the success of the Festival.

Hargreaves Hill

Liberty Victoria Maribyrnong City Council Moleskine The Salvation Army

Sally Browne Fund, a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation

State Library of Victoria

Michael & Ann Cohn

Sydney Opera House

Dominic & Natalie Dirupo

The Wheeler Centre

Jayne Dullard

National Union of Workers

Bernard Marin AM McLeod Family Foundation Karen Monaghan

Jane Smith

Creative direction and design: Sweet Creative



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