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a matter of life and death mwf.com.au #mwf18


Contents Special Events

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Opening Night

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Closing Night

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Performances 16 Conversations 28 Workshops 44 Kids & Teens

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Artist Index

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Essential Information

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Thanks 54 We respectfully acknowledge that Melbourne Writers Festival takes place on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation, in particular the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people. We pay respects to Elders past and present, and to the Elders of all communities and cultures across Australia.

MWF18 is a celebration of joy, empathy and life itself. However, the Festival contains discussions that may be distressing to some audiences, on topics including sexual assault, abuse, death, suicide, self-harm, animal death, pregnancy and stillbirth, mental illness, eating disorders, racism, sexism, ableism and homophobia. Lifeline: 13 11 14 lifeline.org.au beyondblue: 1300 224 636 beyondblue.org.au


A writers festival like you’ve never seen it before ‘Tis upon us, friends! The thing! The glorious Festive thing! Y’know, this time last year I was a voracious and wide-eyed MWF punter, making my way from event to signing to pre-keynote tipple to bookshop, undulating through the warm crowd, tome in hand. In 2018 I’m humbled to be newly placed in a curatorial position, setting the traditional Festival experience on a light yet deliberate art-kook tilt. Along with the talks, ideas and sharing of passions you’ve come to know and love from authors at MWF we’re expanding the program to include theatre, performance, music, art, dance workouts and…an Animal Church. Obviously.  When we talk about matters of life and death as a theme we’re exploring all the rich, important motifs that spring to mind under such an emotional umbrella. Survival, fluidity, impermanence, joy, grief, loss, love, determination. And empathy. If there’s any one thing I might hope for you to discover somewhere in our ten-day collection of hearts, warriors, song and words, it’s empathy. Allow yourself to be curious, allow yourself to explore, and allow yourself to listen. There’s a wealth of human experience on offer for you to share and connect with.  Oh, and if you spot me around – I’m always up for a hug. Marieke Hardy Artistic Director

Message from the Minister for Creative Industries On Melbourne’s tenth anniversary as a City of Literature we welcome the ever-creative Marieke Hardy as Melbourne Writers Festival’s new artistic director. This year, the Festival broadens its boundaries, marrying the world of books and writing with the thrill of live performance – it’s a program fit for our creative state. The Hon Martin Foley MP Minister for Creative Industries

Message from the Lord Mayor of Melbourne Calling all lovers of literature! The Melbourne Writers Festival returns this year, bringing together a stellar line-up of the best local and international writing talent. The City of Melbourne is delighted to support this ambitious and exciting festival. This year is the 10th anniversary of our designation as a UNESCO City of Literature – and what a way to celebrate! Sally Capp Lord Mayor

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Meet authors in-store after their events and get your books signed

Readings Festival Bookshop OPEN DAILY IN THE ATRIUM AT FED SQUARE 25 August - 2 September

Australian Independent Book Retailer of the Year 2016, 2017 & 2018


Special Events

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SP EC IA L EV ENTS

Opening Night Gala:

You Are Here

W HE N

Fri 24 Aug, doors and bar open 7pm

V EN UE

Melbourne Museum

TIC K E TS

$50/$45

Life is complex and we all try our best. So let’s toast survival, joy, resilience and pure existence. This evening of immersive performance features literary legend DJ Andy Griffiths on the decks, soul singer Mojo Juju, spoken word artist Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, rap icon Fablice Manirakiza, Australia’s first gay and lesbian youth chorus shOUT Choir, romantic art collective The Boon Companions, and a keynote address by the king of party-joy himself, Andrew W.K. Hosted by Sista Zai Zanda.

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SP EC IA L EV ENTS

W HE N

Sun 2 Sep, doors and bar open 7pm

VE NUE

Melbourne Museum

TI CKE TS

$50/$45

The final night of MWF celebrates what it means to let go, as six writers pay tribute to something or someone loved and lost in a night of ritual, healing and farewell. Featuring readings from Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jessie Cole, Sophie Cunningham, Kate Holden, Mariam Issa and Maria Tumarkin, and a full musical performance by the soaringly beautiful Megan Washington. Supported by Belong

Closing Night Party:

You Are There 7


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Second Last Rites:

Magda’s Funeral W HE N

Sat 25 Aug, 6pm (90 min)

V EN UE

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

TIC K E TS

$45/$35

CO D E

1106

It seems unfair to ask us to wait until we’re gone to be seen off properly. What would sitting through your own funeral really be like? Beloved Australian writer and legendary good sort Magda Szubanski is about to give over to the one party she never thought she could attend, as several big names gather to toast her life. One catch – the guests are a secret. Hosted by Emilie Zoey Baker. Supported by The Melbourne Gin Company

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‘I’ve always had some kind of moral conscience, but it gets stronger when you get older. It’s harder to be a bastard.’

Irvine Welsh: Redemption W HE N

Sat 25 Aug, 8.30pm (90 min)

V EN UE

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

TIC K E TS

$45/$35

CO D E

1107

‘I’ve always had some kind of moral conscience, but it gets stronger when you get older. It’s harder to be a bastard,’ says Irvine Welsh. ‘You’ve got to be a bit kind to yourself as well.’ The highly acclaimed and often controversial cult author of Trainspotting asks if artists have a responsibility to say sorry for their art, social crimes or personal misdemeanours before seeking redemption. He talks with Omar Musa. Supported by The Melbourne Gin Company

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Home: Marwa Al-Sabouni & Ben Quilty W HE N

Mon 27 Aug, 8.30pm

V EN UE

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

TIC K E TS

$30/$27

CO D E

1306

Marwa Al-Sabouni (author of the memoir The Battle for Home, about living as an architect in Syria) and artist and commentator Ben Quilty (curator of Home, a collection of drawings by Syrian children) discuss these extraordinary testaments to a generation of survivors.

The ‘Hood: Raising a Glass to Mothers

Ted Chiang: The Alchemist’s Gate

W HE N

Tue 28 Aug, 6.30pm (2 hours)

W HE N

Tue 28 Aug, 8.30pm

V EN UE

STARWARD Distillery

VE NUE

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

TIC K E TS

$35/30

CO D E

8461

TI CKE TS

It’s time to properly bend the elbow and toast the beautiful brutality of motherhood, with designer whisky cocktails and live readings from those who have been there and/or done that: Timmah Ball, Quinn Eades, Em Rusciano, Jo Stanley and Maria Tumarkin, with DJ Clementine Ford.

$30/$27

CODE

1406

Award-winning iconic science-fiction writer and the brilliant mind behind Arrival, Ted Chiang, shares his belief on how the philosophy of time travel speaks to the question of free will. He’ll be joined by writer and heavenly creature Benjamin Law. Supported by US Consulate General

Supported by STARWARD Distillery

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Paul Kelly: Other People’s Words W HE N

Wed 29 Aug, 6pm (90 min)

VE NUE

Athenaeum Theatre

TI CKE TS

$45/$35

CODE

8561

Quintessential Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly presents an evening of musical performance featuring songs he has written to ‘other people’s words’. Highlighting the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Les Murray, Judith Wright, WB Yeats and more, this very special event will also include a conversation about the art of words with writer and poet Maxine Beneba Clarke. Supported by 3RRR 102.7FM

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Kathy Lette: Girls’ Night In W HE N

Wed 29 Aug, 8.30pm (90 min)

V EN UE

Athenaeum Theatre

TIC K E TS

$45/$35

CO D E

8562

Anthropologists have revealed that women, in all cultures, laugh more often than men – but why? Contradicting the bunkum that ‘women aren’t funny’, Kathy Lette is joined by Anne Edmonds and Celia Pacquola to explore the difference between male and female humour, and how women’s humour brings us closer together.

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Everything Happens For A Raisin: Jonny Sun & Mara Wilson W HE N

Thu 30 Aug, 6pm (90 min)

VE NUE

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

TI CKE TS

$30/$27

CODE

1605

Canadian graphic novelist and Twitter icon Jonny Sun (Everyone’s A Aliebn When Ur A Aliebn Too) joins American writer, former child actress and social media raconteur Mara Wilson (Where Am I Now?) to examine how microblogging can be a tool for empathy. Supported by US Consulate General

Ronan Farrow: Power, Abuse & Facing Facts W HE N

Thu 30 Aug, 6pm (90 min)

VE NUE

Athenaeum Theatre

TI CKE TS

$30/$27

CODE

8661

Ronan Farrow has been one of the foremost reporters documenting the culture of silence and impunity around sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. As industry after industry attempts to confront long-unexamined demons in this area, Farrow offers fresh ideas for creating a new culture of accountability. Hear from Farrow as he discusses the poignant personal stories of abuse, in his family and beyond, that led him to report so passionately on the topic. With Tracey Spicer. Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre. This is a MEL&NYC event, supported by the Victorian Government

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Ta-Nehisi Coates: Writing Yourself into History W HE N

Thu 30 Aug, 8.30pm (90 min)

V EN UE

Athenaeum Theatre

TIC K E TS

$45/$35

CO D E

8662

American author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, (Black Panther comics, national correspondent for The Atlantic) is currently in development on America in the King Years, a television project about Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights movement, as well as writing the next Captain America movie. He’s discussing ‘writing yourself into history – making courageous art’ and the cultural, social and political issues surrounding race in the US today. With Santilla Chingaipe.

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The Literary Body

Women of Letters

W HE N

Fri 31 Aug, 7.30pm (2 hours)

W HE N

Fri 31 Aug, 8.30pm (90 min)

V EN UE

State Library of Victoria

VE NUE

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

TIC K E TS

$30/$27

CO D E

9771

TI CKE TS

$30/$27

CODE

1307

In a world where women’s bodies are constantly politicised, MWF hosts a night of naked women, with spoken word performances and responses to famous feminist texts from Maude Davey, Krissy Kneen, Miss Jane Doe, Leisa Prowd and Frankie Valentine. Shed your clothes at the door. 18+ women’s only event. Audience and performers will be nude.

International literary phenomenon Women of Letters presents an exclusive event celebrating the lost art of letter writing. Join an exceptional group of women as they come together to read a goodbye letter, in the city where it all began. Hosted by Emilie Zoey Baker.

Kitty Flanagan’s

Chris Fleming: Live

School for Relationship Break-ups

W HE N

Sat 1 Sep, 8.30pm

VE NUE

Deakin Edge, Fed Square $30/$27

Sat 1 Sep, 5.30pm

V EN UE

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Known for his role as highly-strung mum Gayle Waters-Waters and epochal music videos (‘I’m Afraid to Talk to Men’), cult comedian and swoon-worthy YouTube favourite Chris Fleming performs a brand-new special stand-up event fresh from his US live tour.

TIC K E TS

$30/$27

CO D E

1409

Comedian, author and guiding light Kitty Flanagan is ready to share her tips on ditching the romantically unwanted – inviting Jo Stanley onstage for further education and conversation on the Austen-esque dilemma of extricating oneself from a stage-five clinger.

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CODE

1408

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TI CKE TS


Performance

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Vanitas W HE N 25–26 Aug & 1–2 Sep

10am, 12pm, 2pm (2 hours)

V EN UE Melbourne General Cemetery TIC K E TS $10

Vanitas is an immersive chooseyour-own adventure set in Melbourne General Cemetery. Step out amongst the historic graves guided by a beautiful app, an elusive stranger, and your gut feeling telling you all is not as it seems. Smartphones required. Supported by Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

West Writers: In Parallel Universes

The Big Bent Poetry Reading

Sunday Salon

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 10am

VE NUE Immigration Museum

V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8259

T ICKETS Free

Alert your synapses to a poetic exploration of gender and queerness, featuring poets Broede Carmody, Quinn Eades, Michael Farrell, Kate Lilley, Lian Low, Harry Reid and Ania Walwicz. Supported by Australian Poetry and Cordite Publishing Inc

The Miles Franklin Literary Award WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 4pm (2 hours)

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 2.30pm

V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 1205

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 1104

Celebrating Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. The 2018 winner is announced and acclaimed authors Sofie Laguna, Christos Tsiolkas and Alexis Wright read from awardwinning novels on death, love and family. Proudly supported by Perpetual, the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and Sky News.

Sharing stories from Melbourne’s west, Footscray Community Arts Centre’s West Writers Group will exhibit the works of their collective. Aiming to amplify the stories and voices of the region, this event will showcase the group in performance. Supported by Footscray Community Arts Centre

Celebrating the Poetry of Peter Steele W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 4pm V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 1105

Remember the life and celebrate the work of Peter Steele. Author, poet and creative writing professor Kevin Brophy will read Steele’s work and discuss the poetic legacy of this renowned Australian poet.      Supported by the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 6pm (4 hours)

Celebrate the multiplicity of language and storytelling at the inaugural Immigration Museum salon. Curated by spoken word poet Nour Abouzeid and artist, actor and activist Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, audiences are free to move between performances in different rooms of the grand museum. Supported by Immigration Museum

Pretty for an Aboriginal: Set it Alight W HE N Wed 29 Aug, 7pm (2 hours) VE NUE The Thornbury Theatre TI CKE TS $30/$27 CODE 4551

Part podcast, part polemic, part stand-up, this conversation with Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell burns down the structures, strictures and power brokers that have governed the entertainment industry for too long. Featuring performances by upcoming Indigenous musicians. Supported by BuzzFeed

Ned Kelly Awards WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 5pm (2 hours)

Liner Notes: Nevermind

Doors and bar open 4.30pm

W HE N Thu 30 Aug, 7pm (2 hours)

V EN UE The Toff in Town

VE NUE The Thornbury Theatre

T ICKETS Free

TI CKE TS $30/$27 CODE 4651

Join us for a criminally good evening at the annual Ned Kelly Awards, celebrating Australia’s finest crime writing. With prizes recognizing the greats in crime fiction and true crime, the night will also feature true crime storytelling from local writers. Hosted by Jane Clifton.

The iconic, raucous, spoken word cabaret is back at MWF – this time adapting seminal album Nevermind by Nirvana. Featuring a line-up including writers, comedians, spoken-word artists, live performers and a band, this eclectic group gather to breathe oxygen into Cobain’s masterwork.

18+ event, ID may be requested.

Supported by Australian Crime Writers Association

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P ER FO R MANC ES

Mitchell Coombes: Life After Death W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 10am

Crawl Me Blood WH EN 29–31 Aug, 6.45pm

Crawl Me Blood: Gardens, Voices, Histories

V EN UE ACMI Studio 1

| 31 Aug, 9.15pm | 1–2 Sep, 6.45pm (90 min)

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 4111

V EN UE Royal Botanic

Gardens Victoria

VE NUE Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

T ICKETS $30

TI CKE TS Free, bookings required

Speculative Futures: Writing Tactics for Survival

Inspired by Jean Rhys’s modern classic Wide Sargasso Sea, Crawl Me Blood brings together Australian artists with a different family connection with the Caribbean. Part documentary, part radio play, and with Caribbean music and food, this immersive installation lays bare our shared colonial history.

Go deeper into the world of Crawl Me Blood as professor Sue Thomas joins director and performer Willoh S Weiland to discuss the installation’s soundtrack, family secrets, racial histories and gardens as colonial legacies.

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 10am

Visit rbg.vic.gov.au/crawlmeblood or call 9252 2429 to book.

What happens after we die? Australia’s most trusted psychic medium, lecturer on life after death and bestselling author Mitchell Coombes offers insight into this eternal question, as well as sharing his experiences as a medium and conducting audience readings.

V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 1301

Join scriptwriter Michele Lee, epidemiologist Jodie McVernon and writer Ellen van Neerven, all involved in the Arts House Refuge project, looking at the ways in which writing will inform our approach to future disasters and frame artistic responses to climate change.

Dying: A Tribute to Cory Taylor W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 11.30am V EN UE ACMI Studio 1 TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 4301

Written in the final weeks before her death, Cory Taylor’s Dying: A Memoir was named by Barack Obama as one of his favourites of 2017. This warm-hearted, personal tribute includes readings and reflections on Taylor performed by writers and friends.

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 4pm

Presented by Aphids and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Wholeness & the Implicit Order

The Eye of the Storm: The Power of Patrick White

WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 6pm (90 min)

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 6.30pm (90 min)

V EN UE Linden New Art

VE NUE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 7751

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 1309

Artist Julia deVille is joined by Linden New Art director Melinda Martin for a guided tour and discussion of deVille’s new exhibition Wholeness and the Implicit Order, an immersive sensory environment that explores consciousness and reality through holography and VR. Supported by Linden New Art

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Celebrate Patrick White’s hugely influential body of work at this special storytelling and performance event. Christos Tsiolkas reads from White’s books and shares his reflections on the author, while William Yang delivers a signature performance on his relationship with White as the writer’s photographer.


P ER FO R MANC ES

Duets

David Bridie & Alice Skye W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 4pm

V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1 T ICKETS $22/$19

Brought to you by Helen Marcou, SLAM and Bakehouse Studios founder, MWF’s live music stream features performances from Australian talents, followed by conversations with fellow musicians about their craft, lyrics and creative practice.

CODE 2415

Alice Skye, singer-songwriter, Wergaia woman and universal little sister, is known for her stripped back piano melodies and a striking musical sensitivity. She will be in conversation with seventime ARIA-winning songwriter and composer David Bridie.

Mojo Juju & Joel Ma W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 1pm CODE 2913

Genre-bending vocal power-punch Mojo Juju is set to shake up the Australian musical landscape with her ruminations on identity and place. She’s changing the world with MC and producer Joel Ma.

Rob Snarski & Romy Vager Paul Dempsey & Julia Jacklin

Sarah Blasko & Ryan Downey

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 1pm

WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 4pm

CODE 2113

CO D E 2115

Julia Jacklin (Don’t Let The Kids Win), hailing from the Blue Mountains in NSW, is known for her observational folk songs laced with a melancholic ache. She’s in conversation with Paul Dempsey, singer, guitarist and songwriter from the band Something for Kate.

Indie-folk artist Ryan Downey’s voice speaks to the honey of Leonard Cohen and depth of Bill Callahan. He’s in conversation with singer-songwriter and chanteuse Sarah Blasko.

Glenn Richards & Ainslie Wills

Kate Ceberano & Kaiit

Supported by APRA AMCOS

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 2.30pm

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 2.30pm

CO D E 2214

CODE 2114

The honeyed and fierce Kaiit has opened up the aural landscape with her groundbreaking ‘Natural Woman’. She breaks conversational bread with jazz singer and icon Kate Ceberano.

Ainslie Wills (Oh The Gold), writes songs with a quietly profound lyricism and musical sincerity, and has headlined sold-out shows in Australia and the UK. She talks to Glenn Richards from Augie March about her craft.

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W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 2.30pm CODE 2914

Romy Vager, frontwoman of one of Melbourne’s most exciting rising acts, RVG, isn’t used to answering personal questions, preferring to let her music do the talking. Now for MWF, she’s talking to globe-trotting, velvetvoiced troubadour, Rob Snarski.

Jen Cloher & Miss Blanks W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 4pm CODE 2915

Activist and hip-hop saviour Miss Blanks has been empowering genres since her first glorious entrance with ‘Clap Clap’. She’s dismantling structures with singer-songwriter and trailblazer Jen Cloher.


P ER FO R MANC ES

Animal Church V EN UE Animal Church at 524 Flinders

An utterly unique performance space, immersive experience and art installation dedicated to lost and loved animal lives. In these surrounds writers will discuss how animals have informed their work, while audiences are invited to bring along a photo or token of their own lost animal friend to add to a growing collection.

The Menagerie of Imagination

JM Coetzee: The Glass Abattoir

Eating Animals

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 10am

WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 4pm

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8254

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8151

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8155

Explore the connection between literature and the animal kingdom, with readings from Ceridwen Dovey, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen and Ashleigh Young.

The Nobel Prize winner, novelist and animal rights activist reads his new story and discusses using fiction to explore powerful ideas.

Adam Liaw discusses and debates veganism today with Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse from acclaimed vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters.

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 2.30pm

Call Me Ishmael

The Essential Equine

Memento Mori: Beastly Mourning

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 11.30am

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 10am

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8255

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8152

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8251

Horse-adorers David Francis, Eliza Henry-Jones, Selina Jenkins and Zoya Patel saddle up.

Author and doctor Leah Kaminsky reflects on what the animal kingdom can teach us about human existence and mortality.

The secret life of whales and marine mammals revealed by writer Phillip Hoare and marine biologist and author Micheline Jenner.

Animal Ethics W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 1pm TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8153

Is it ever ethical to take an animal’s life? Tammi Jonas, Anna Krien and Jason Rapke discuss food consumption ethics.

In Praise of the Feline

Year of the Dog: Chinese Astrology WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 11.30am T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8252

Edgar Lok Tin explains the role of animals in the Chinese zodiac and reflects on the Year of the Dog.

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 2.30pm

Pet Meditation

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8154

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 1pm

Cat lovers unite! Feline advocates Helen Brown, Maria Dahvana Headley, Myles Loughran and Racerage make a case for cat devotees worldwide.

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8253

Medium and spiritual teacher Mitchell Coombes and animal high priestess Laura Jean McKay examine the spiritual lives of pets.

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W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 4pm

The Crow Family W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 10am TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8751

Traditional storytelling comes to the stage in a musical theatre show exploring relationships between living creatures.

Recasting the Snake W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 11.30am TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8752

Manisha Anjali, David Blissett, Melissa Lucashenko, Carrie Tiffany and Ellen van Neervan launch a passionate defence of nature’s uber-villain.


P ER FO R MANC ES

Holy Cow W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 1pm

Birds & Bees: Helen Jukes & William McInnes

Pet Remembrance Ceremony

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8753

WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 1pm

W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 10am

Yamini Narayanan reimagines relations with animals, and examines the sacred bovine in the Hindu imagination.

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8853

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8951

Memoirist and beekeeper Helen Jukes and bestselling author and amateur birdwatcher William McInnes make a case for their beloved species.

Pet funeral director Caroline Higgins leads a remembrance ceremony for all our lost friends, featuring special guests.

Hayley Singer: The Fleischgeist W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 2.30pm TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8754

Hayley Singer explores the fleischgeist and wonders if humans can feel haunted by the violence inflicted upon animals.

Raimond Gaita: For an Animal W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 4pm TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8755

Raimond Gaita investigates the relationship between animals and humanity through stories of animals he has known and loved.

Live Music: Grand Salvo W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 8pm (2 hours) TIC K E TS $30/$27 CO D E 8756

Grand Salvo’s 2008 album Death, which tells a story about animals via music and narration, presented in full for the first time.

The Rescuers W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 10am TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8851

Pam Ahearn, Laurie Levy, Debra Tranter and Ward Young discuss the emotional cost of being an animal advocate with Osher Günsberg.

Eulogy for Species Lost

For the Love of Dog WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 2.30pm T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8854

W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 11.30am TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8952

Tony Birch, Ali Cobby Eckermann, First Dog On The Moon, Peter Goldsworthy and Han Yujoo sing the praises of the canine.

Join musician and storyteller Ron Murray as he combines storytelling and the sounds of the didgeridoo to share creation stories.

Kama Sea-tra: Secrets of Sex in the Sea

Fallen Angels: Echolocating Bats

WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 4pm T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8855

Author Krissy Kneen and aquatic scientist Sheree Marris go beneath the waves in this expose of sea creatures’ raunchy sex lives.

Life of Pikelet: Meet & Greet

W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 1pm TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8953

‘What is it like to be a bat?’ James Grant and Tessa Laird’s sonic and poetic journey explores connections between humans and animals.

WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 5.30pm (30 min)

My Family & Other Animals

T ICKETS Free, booking required

W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 2.30pm

CO D E 7855

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8954

Meet Australia’s favourite pooch! Adorable rescue staffy Pikelet and his brother Pumpernickel are on hand for pats and pawtographs.

Two families, Anna Goldsworthy and Peter Goldsworthy, and Leah Kaminsky and Ella Loeffler, share their differing opinions on the animal kingdom.

Live Music: Steve Kilbey WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 7.30pm (2 hours) T ICKETS $30/$27 CODE 8856

Australian cultural icon and frontman of The Church Steve Kilbey performs highlights from his broad career of 43 years.

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 11.30am TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8852

Join Sophie Cunningham, Aviva Reed, Ellen van Neerven and Alice Young to somberly celebrate the animal species which are gone forever.

Animals in Indigenous Storytelling

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Farewell Old Friend: A Singalong W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 4pm TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8955

Chorus master Henry Wagons leads an almighty singalong to farewell to the animal friends we’ve loved and lost.


P ER FO R MANC ES

Staged V EN UE ACMI Studio 1 TICKETS $22/$19

Immerse yourself in a collection of vibrant one-off theatre performances by a collection of local and international artists. Featuring spoken word, poetry, comedy, music and one rather ribald puppet, MWF’s brand-new theatre stream has something for all audiences. Join the artists for a free Q&A session after the performance – visit mwf.com.au for full details.

Quippings

Monster / Woman

The Aspie Hour

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 2.30pm

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 1pm

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 4pm

CODE 4104

CO D E 4203

CODE 4205

See outside the confines of the expected with Quippings, a troupe of performing artists and non-normative body activists who identify as deaf and/ or disabled, as they explore queered notions of sexuality, love, relationships, and gender.

A surreal black comedy from award-winning theatremaker Sabrina D’Angelo, Monster / Woman follows a feminist superhero with snaky locks and a deadly gaze who journeys through time into the unreliable, paradoxical and weird history of herself.

The Aspie Hour is an informative and delightfully irreverent cabaret from Ryan Smedley and Sophie Smyth. The duo explores their experiences with Asperger’s Syndrome, navigating the neurotypical world through musical theatre, redefining what it is to be an ‘Aspie’ today.

Randy Writes a Novel

Through the Night

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 2.30pm

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 1pm

CO D E 4204

CODE 4403

Randy, Australia’s most celebrated felt-face comedian, teams up with a typewriter in this perfectly unseemly hour of spoken word and gratuitous arm movements. Tear yourself emotionally asunder as Randy reads excerpts from his unpublished novel in between existential ramblings.

Writer and translator Ed Moreno brings his experience as a long-term HIV survivor to this performance of the work of Brazilian writer Caio Fernando Abreu, one of the most important voices of the AIDS epidemic, in a performance that celebrates humanity and survival.

Carrying the World W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 4pm CODE 4105

The best of a decade-long international poetry career is brought to the stage in a theatrical performance of Maxine Beneba Clarke’s collection Carrying The World, traversing a love–hate relationship with words and a young black girl pushing back against authority.

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Brer Rabbit Stories

Writers Across Borders

WH EN Sun 2 Sep, 11.30am

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 2.30pm

CO D E 4902

VE NUE ACMI Cinema 1

This musical spoken-word performance by sparkling griot novelist Arthur Flowers brings Brer Rabbit back to his African-American literary roots. Oral stories originally told by slaves from the American South are powerfully rerendered as wisdom tales for a contemporary audience.

Born, Still WH EN Sun 2 Sep, 1pm CO D E 4903

Born, Still is a gentle reflection on the death of a daughter before birth. This performance is based on a short story by Jane Harrison which was published in Writing Black: New Indigenous Writing from Australia.

The Lebs

Death of a Playwright

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 2.30pm

WH EN Sun 2 Sep, 2.30pm

CODE 4404

CO D E 4904

Experience performed readings from award-winning writer Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s confronting, claustrophobic, violent and unrelentingly authentic new novel The Lebs, which explores the experience of Lebanese-Australian students at Punchbowl Boys High School in Western Sydney.

Could an artificial neural network ever write Hamlet? Or Home and Away? With advancing technology, could AI replace artists altogether? Join theatre scholar Rachel Fensham and digital artist Chris Rodley for a performance of scripts authored by AI.

Surviving the Apocalypse

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 2314

This dynamic session sees writers from five countries riff on the real stuff of writing and culture. From India, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia, leading and emerging writers talk about where they connect and differ, and the passions that drive their work. Supported by WrICE

Shakespeare Now W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 2.30pm VE NUE ACMI Cinema 1 TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 4304

The beauty and ingenuity of Shakespeare’s writing continues to fascinate us to this day. Experience dramatic monologues and a conversation with James Evans, associate director of Bell Shakespeare and David McInnis, lecturer in Shakespeare studies Supported by the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

Australian Centre Literary Awards W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 4pm VE NUE ACMI The Cube TI CKE TS Free, bookings required CODE 4315

Join the Australian Centre and The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts in congratulating the winners of this year’s literary awards. Prizes are awarded to life writing, poetry and creative writing. Hosted by Ken Gelder and Denise Varney.

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 4pm (90 min) CODE 4405

Are you prepared for the looming collapse of civilisation? Join national treasure First Dog on the Moon for this one-dog live performance, answering all your tactical questions about what to do in a dystopian hellscape. Warning: contains singing and dancing.

Supported by the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

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The Boon Companions Cocktail Hour V EN UE Mayfair T I C K E TS Free, bookings required S ESS IO N LE NGTH 90 min

Let loose with theatre and art collective The Boon Companions at salons featuring cocktails, costumes and general revelry, along with special guest readings and secret artist appearances.

Gothic Horror

Poetry

Flora & Fauna

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 5pm

WH EN Wed 29 Aug, 5.30pm

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 5.30pm

CO D E 9161

CO D E 9551

CO D E 9741

Plunge into dark romance with a celebration of the gothic horror genre, from Dracula to Edgar Allan Poe.

Tonight: all things poetic, from delightfully macabre sonnets to richly erotic couplets.

Celebrate the intoxicating combination of literature and nature by paying tribute to the language of flowers.

Science Fiction W HE N Tue 28 Aug, 5.30pm CO D E 9261

Toast the celestial allure of all things sci-fi, from Frankenstein to HG Wells.

Teenage Cult Classics WH EN Thu 30 Aug, 5.30pm CO D E 9651

Swoon over teen cult classics – from Judy Blume to Holden Caulfield, The Outsiders to The Baby-Sitters Club.

Crime & Mystery W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 5pm CO D E 9861

Raise a magnifying glass to all things Miss Marple with a salon dedicated to classic crime mysteries.

Afro Hub at MWF Celebrate African talent – in all its diversity – with a series of events curated by Afro Hub. Meet the poets, writers, activists, musicians and more in workshops, discussions and performance. Supported by Afro Hub

Our Words & Our Melodies W HE N Mon 27 Aug, 6.30pm

Breaking Down the Publishing World

Ownership of Our Narrative

V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

WH EN Tue 28 Aug, 7pm (90 min)

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 1pm

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 1305

V EN UE Afro Hub

VE NUE ACMI The Cube

Grace your ears with the spoken word of African poets Soreti Kadir, Manal Younus and Wāni, accompanied by the traditional instruments of the continent with Anbess on the kirar and Haftu on the masenqo.

T ICKETS Free

TI CKE TS Free

A workshop and network event to help emerging writers understand the ‘how to’ of getting a book published. With distinguished publishers, book publicists and authors, discover how to open a window into the publishing world.

Journalist and filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe is joined by special guests to discuss the discourse around diversity and real inclusion beyond tokenism.

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Westside Words

The Lebs

First Nations Art & Activism

WH EN 10am (90 min) CODE 6812

W HE N 3.30pm (90 min) CODE 6813

Experience award-winning writer Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s confronting, claustrophobic, violent and unrelentingly authentic new novel The Lebs, with dramatic readings and discussion. Hosted by Khalid Warsame and featuring readings by writers from the Footscray community.

Ryan Griffen, creator of the sci-fi television series Cleverman, and Katherena Vermette, a First Nations Canadian writer whose novel The Break is acclaimed around the world, discuss their creative practice and process, and the role of art-making as activism.

Make Your Own Superhero

Live & Loud Literary Showcase

WH EN 12.30pm (90 min) CODE 6811

W HE N 6pm (90 min) CODE 6814

If you were a superhero, what would your special ability be? What would your costume look like? Maxine Beneba Clarke and TextaQueen help you design, make and become your very own superhero. The power is yours!

Be in the audience for a special literary live performance, featuring the best poets and artists from Footscray Community Arts Centre and Melbourne Writers Festival.

Music & Writing

Me & Melbourne

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 1pm

WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 5.30pm (90 min)

Robert Manne: On Borrowed Time

V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1

V EN UE ACMI The Cube

W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 11.30am

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 2413

T ICKETS Free

VE NUE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Three vastly different musicians and authors – memoirist and songwriter Dave Graney (guitar), comedian and memoirist Hung Le (violin) and literary fiction author John Tesarsch (cello) – discuss the influence of music on their writing, with live performances. Hosted by Lee Kofman.

Study Melbourne invites the international students of Victoria to reflect on their time and experience in Australia in either visual or written form. Join us as we announce this year’s competition winners over afternoon tea.

W HE N Sat 1 Sep V EN UE Footscray Community Arts Centre TIC K E TS Free, bookings required

Connect with a world of ideas in the west. Supported by Footscray Community Arts Centre

Supported by Affirm Press

Arthur Flowers: Martin Luther King W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 2.30pm V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1 TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 2414

In an homage to Martin Luther King Jr, performance poet Arthur Flowers will serenade in musical prose, based on his graphic novel I See the Promised Land, and explore MLK’s legacy today, before conversing with the wonderful Kon Karapanagiotidis.

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 1902

Supported by Study Melbourne

On Borrowed Time is Robert Manne’s account of his recent brush with death via throat cancer. Hear one of Australia’s finest intellectuals discuss work with his wife, Anne Manne, who will share her experiences of how they survived together.

WrICE Papers Salon

Australia’s First President

WH EN Sun 2 Sep, 10am

W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 4pm

V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1

VE NUE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 2911

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 1905

Be immersed in the imaginative worlds of Asia and Australia through a collage of readings on life and death. An ensemble performance weaves together the voices of 12 diverse writers from Mumbai to Melbourne, Seoul to Singapore.

If Australia finally cut ties to the tiara and became a republic, what would the maiden address of our first president sound like? Lend an ear to speculative speeches from Marcia Langton, Nakkiah Lui, Omar Musa and Matt Preston.

Supported by WrICE

Supported by Australian Republic Movement

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Mission to Seafarers V EN UE Mission to Seafarers

Engage in a world of art, dance, conversations, panels and literary tattoos in one of Melbourne’s iconic seaside buildings. From the ‘boat chapel’ to the nautical-themed public bar, we encourage you to discover the many spaces in this rich and character-filled heritage venue. Literary Tattoos

Eulogy for My Career

W HE N 25–26 Aug & 1–2 Sep,

WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 4pm

10am–5pm

Commit to your literary passions and ink a book to your skin. Twice-winner of the Doug Moran portrait prize Leslie Rice and his team of experienced tattoo artists from LDF Tattoos provide literarythemed ink for Festival-goers.

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8183

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Andy Butler, Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann and Yumi Stynes eulogise the careers they once had in the process of letting go.

Raimond Gaita: Facing Death W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 7pm TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8185

What does it mean to face death truthfully? Raimond Gaita gives a lecture on the philosophy of death.

Adam Liaw: First We Eat W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 8pm TI CKE TS Free

Adam Liaw explains why cookbooks are ‘not a matter of life and death, but the matter of life and death.’

The Mind Examined: Catherine Deveny & Steve Ellen

18+ event, ID required. All booking enquiries to info@ldftattoo.com.

Andrew P Street’s Literary Singalong

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 2pm

Supported by STARWARD Distillery

WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 5pm

Comedian Catherine Deveny and psychiatrist Steve Ellen combine forces to demystify the world of mental health.

The Cosmos W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 1pm TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8181

T ICKETS Free

Are you a writer who sings, or a singer who writes? Andrew P Street discusses the connections between music and words.

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8281

Maria Dahvana Headley: Beowulf

Upulie Divisekera and Amie Kaufman share brain fireworks in a cerebral celebration of science and the universe.

Living Dyingly: On Writing Death

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 3.30pm

Ashleigh Young: Written on the Body

WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 5.30pm T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8184

Beowulf spans both page and stage as Maria Dahvana Headley and Robert DiNapoli discuss adaptations of the epic poem.

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 2.30pm TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8182

Ashleigh Young, winner of the Windham-Campbell prize, talks to Cate Kennedy about her collection of personal essays, Can You Tolerate This.

Clare Wright reveals the emotional complexities of putting mortality on the page with Leah Kaminsky and Deepanjana Pal.

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8882

Jonny Sun: Art Workshop W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 4.30pm

Let’s Get Physical

TI CKE TS Free

WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 6.30pm

Graphic novelist and Twitter lifecoach Jonny Sun leads a creative workshop on how to find your inner alien and unleash your art.

T ICKETS Free

Shake off Melbourne’s winter to songs inspired by books with a Dance Magic Dance class.

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So Much to Tell You: John Marsden & Alice Pung

Vale: A Writer

Dave Graney’s Poetry Jam

WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 2.30pm

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 7pm

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 5pm

T ICKETS Free

TI CKE TS Free

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8283

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Alice Pung, Jamila Rizvi and Andrew P Street deliver personally written eulogies for their favourite departed authors.

Dave Graney reads selected passages from the works of controversial genius John Cowper Powys.

Two Australian YA icons, John Marsden and Alice Pung, explore what they’ve learned from each other and compare philosophies on writing.

Mother Tongue

A Tribute to Childhood WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 4pm

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 6pm

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8883

TIC K E TS Free

Jessie Cole, Majok Tulba, Mara Wilson and Nevo Zisin celebrate, lament and mourn their youth and turn to the future.

Mother Tongue celebrates women’s spoken word poetry, with Fleassy Malay, Tariro Mavondo, Trixi Rosa and Chalise van Wyngaardt.

Underworld & Afterlife

Bob Murphy: Leather Soul WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 5pm

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 6.30pm

T ICKETS Free

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8282

Footballer turned author Bob Murphy talks about the people, places and events that shaped him with Doggies superfan Wil Anderson.

Explore ancient myths and rituals around death through conversation and performance with Manisha Anjali, KO ChongGossard and Parshia Lee-Stecum. Supported by the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 7.30pm TIC K E TS Free

Part art, all fun, enjoy a bawdy night out as you sketch and draw MWF artists.

Death of the Environment: Great Barrier Reef W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 1pm TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 8881

Join Tony Birch, Geoff Cousins, Hannah Donnelly, Joelle Gergis and David Ritter to pay tribute to the dying earth.

Story Club W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 8.30pm TI CKE TS Free

Australia’s finest raconteurs gather to reveal their funniest stories, darkest moments and shameful secrets.

The Boyhood of Justin Heazlewood W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 2pm TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8982

Kon Karapanagiotidis: The Power of Hope WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 5.30pm T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8884

Trailblazing human rights activist Kon Karapanagiotidis reveals how prioritising community, love and compassion has the ability to change the planet.

A Better World Starts Here WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 7pm T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8885

International human rights activists Sisonke Msimang, Samah Sabawi and Saba Vasefi share their ideas for a better world. Supported by PEN Melbourne

Join comedian, musician and author of Get Up Mum Justin Heazlewood in a mock church service to honour his child self.

Will Tait: Love Thine W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 2.30pm TI CKE TS Free

Will Tait leads an intimate journey of philosophical whimsy and heartfelt questioning, woven with musical performances.

Famous Last Words W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 3.30pm TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8981

Eddie Ayres, Cate Kennedy, Steve Kilbey, Ed Moreno and Zoe Norton Lodge recite the eulogies they hope to accompany them.

Chuffed: An Ode to Dads W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 4pm TI CKE TS Free

Join Brian Nankervis as he raises a beer to dads, along with dads, fans of dads and the dad-curious.

Supported by Australian Communities Foundation

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How I Survived

Jo & Lehmo V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 2.30pm

TIC K E TS $22/$19

CO D E 2311

VE NUE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Adversity, grief, fracture, crisis: moving past the moments that bring us to our knees requires all our resources and all that our relationships might offer. This series explores the tricky business of survival.

There’s little worse than being fired from a job you love, except when it’s mortifyingly public. Stand-up comedian Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann and comedian and author Jo Stanley discuss how they survived being fired from their breakfast radio show on Gold 104.3.

Corrie Chen & Michelle Law W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 11.30am V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square CODE 1102

Trailblazing collaborators on the SBS series Homecoming Queens and dear friends Corrie Chen and Michelle Law discuss how they survived their respective mental health challenges whilst managing the delicate balance of a friendship and working relationship.

Samantha Maiden & Sally Rugg W HE N Mon 27 Aug, 6pm V EN UE Queen Victoria Women’s Centre CODE 9033

Samantha Maiden is a political journalist and Sally Rugg is an LGBTI activist. They’ll speak frankly and openly on how their surprising friendship has steered them through Australia’s marriage equality vote and shared family history.

WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 10am

Anna Krien & Benjamin Law WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 2.30pm V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square CO D E 1304

Authors and journalists Anna Krien and Benjamin Law are not only two of Australia’s most acclaimed young writers, they’re also longtime BFFs. They’ll discuss how they survived Krien’s motherhood challenges, and their ongoing commitment to support one another through creative darkness.

Fablice Manirakiza & Paulie Stewart WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 4pm V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1 CO D E 2315

Former African child soldier turned rapper and young Victorian achiever of the year Fablice Manirakiza discusses the healing power, strength and influence of music with his mentor, Paulie Stewart, front man of Painters and Dockers and member of Jesuit Social Services.

Supported by Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

Nayuka Gorrie & Nakkiah Lui

CODE 1404

Co-writers and stars of ABC’s irreverent Black Comedy, Nayuka Gorrie and Nakkiah Lui, discuss their experience of breaking into the world of television comedy writing as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, sharing how they supported each other along the way.

Jamila Rizvi & Rosie Waterland W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 1pm VE NUE Deakin Edge, Fed Square CODE 1903

‘Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light’ – so wrote Helen Keller. Writer, blogger and activist Rosie Waterland talks with her dear friend and political commentator Jamila Rizvi on how they survived together.

‘Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light’ – Helen Keller

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Reading Party

Take the time to read (and party) Thursday 20 September, 6.30pm to 8pm at The Moat, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Bookings open Monday 20 August

melbourne.vic.gov.au/libraries

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The Premier & the Polymath

Emily Nussbaum: Culture, Criticism & TV Today

The Fifth Estate: Masha Gessen

V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 1pm

VE NUE The Wheeler Centre

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 1101

V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 8163

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 10am

Bob Carr and Barry Jones, the premier and the polymath, share their passion for the written word and reflect on the art of surviving political life in Australia. Join these two friends, avid readers and former politicians for some robust conversation.

Juno Dawson: Teenage Fanclub W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 11.30am V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1 TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 2112

‘Teenagers’, noted award-winning YA author Juno Dawson, ‘have seen things that would make milk curdle.’ The UK writer hasn’t shied away from broaching big topics with younger readers. Sexuality, gender, mental health and the power of writing: she talks with pop icon Brendan Maclean. Supported by the British Council

Sally Seltmann: Lovesome W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 11.30am V EN UE ACMI Studio 1

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 1103

Emily Nussbaum has won a large and devoted international readership by giving contemporary television the incisive, sophisticated and entertaining criticism it deserves. Join the New Yorker’s brilliant TV critic for a conversation about art, culture and storytelling and screen. Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre. This is a MEL&NYC event, supported by the Victorian Government

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 4pm

Writer and contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times Masha Gessen joins Sally Warhaft in an intimate discussion on journalism, media and politics in the context of LGBTI rights, Russian politics and activism. Supported by the Wheeler Centre

Frontier Wars: Henry Reynolds W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 11.30am VE NUE ACMI Cinema 1

Walk: Melbourne Through RainbowColoured Glasses WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 2pm (2 hours) V EN UE MWF Box Office, Fed Square T ICKETS $40

CODE 5103

Stroll alongside creative duo The Gents as they walk down memory lane, reminiscing on 16 years of life and love in Melbourne’s CBD. Exploring the personal and political, the walk will highlight places of historical significance for Melbourne’s LGBTI community.

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 2212

Why are there no official commemorations of the wars fought on Australian soil between First Nations people and white colonists? Author and historian Henry Reynolds explores this question with academic Marcia Langton, and why the frontier wars are still so controversial today.

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 4102

Is it possible to separate your heart from your art, or are the two irrevocably entwined? Join singer-songwriter and author Sally Seltmann (Lovesome) in conversation with ABC and Eurovision superstar Myf Warhurst about love, the creative process and women who make art.

The PEN Empty Chair at MWF PEN International campaigns on behalf of writers across the globe who have been threatened, kidnapped, murdered, exiled, imprisoned or in other ways silenced for the peaceful practice of their professions and in violation of their right to freedom of expression. The PEN Empty Chair is on stage for a writer who cannot join this gathering because of these circumstances.

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MWF at Dandenong TIC K E TS Free, bookings required

Storytelling Live: Futures

Ted Chiang

WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 6.30pm

W HE N Wed 29 Aug, 6.30 pm

V EN UE Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre

VE NUE Dandenong Library

CO D E 5331

Express yourself through words and storytelling. MWF celebrates the cultural richness of the Dandenong community with this series of free activities and events that inspire readers and writers of all backgrounds.

Join us for a night of performances from spoken word artists and poets, curated by MWF and City of Greater Dandenong. Hear from international and local performers in the heart of Dandenong on the theme of Futures.

Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong

Hear New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman talk about her writing, including YA sci-fi behemoths The Illuminae Files and The Starbound Trilogy, her obsession with deep space and her work as a storytelling consultant at NASA.

The Rules

Amie Kaufman WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 3pm V EN UE Dandenong Library CO D E 5411

CODE 5511

Iconic science-fiction writer Ted Chiang crafts stories that are filled with a deep sense of wonder about the nature of existence, including the short story that inspired the film Arrival. Hear him discuss how sci-fi can teach us what it means to be human.

Dr Karl W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 11am VE NUE Dandenong Library CODE 5711

Why do stars shine? Why do we burp? How many universes are there in the multiverse? All the wonderful, curious, curly questions about the world and beyond, answered by Dr Karl, Australia’s most beloved scientist.

The Fifth Estate: David Neiwert

Homecoming Queens

V EN UE ACMI Studio 1

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 1pm

VE NUE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 4202

V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 1204

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 11.30am

The sport in our blood helps guide us through the complexities of living. George Megalogenis, author of The Football Solution, Bob Murphy, former professional AFL player, and Angela Pippos, sports journalist and public speaker, talk frankly about footy.

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 2213

Journalist, author and acknowledged expert in American right-wing extremism David Neiwert talks to Sally Warhaft in an intimate discussion on journalism, media and politics in the context of the altright in Trump’s America. Supported by the Wheeler Centre

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W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 2.30pm

The creators of SBS comedy Homecoming Queens Corrie Chen and Michelle Law meet with Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who made her acting debut on the show. They chat to Yumi Stynes about making the series in the context of the one thing nobody wanted to talk about: race. Supported by Queen Victoria Women’s Centre


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The Muse in Museum V EN UE Melbourne Museum TIC K E TS $40

Explore the Melbourne Museum with guided walking tours from writers on a subject of their specialty. The Journey to the Ocean Floor W HE N Sat 25 Aug,

11.30am (90 min)

COD E 9151

Join professor Philip Hoare and marine biologist Micheline Jenner for a guided tour around Melbourne Museum’s beautiful oceanic collection. This immersive experience will provide the opportunity to share your own tales of the deep blue sea and discuss its presence in literary greats.

High Tea with Alice Pung W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 3pm (90 min) V EN UE Melbourne Star TIC K E TS $40

CO D E 9291

Join Alice Pung for afternoon tea as she ruminates about living in Footscray. Then take flight on the iconic Melbourne Star to marvel at the extraordinary views and hear writers’ local suburban stories that were originally published in Reading Victoria. Supported by Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Reading Victoria is a project of Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office

The Searchers for Home WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 3pm (90 min)

The Knowledge of the Seasons

CO D E 9251

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 3pm (90 min)

Omid Tofighian guides you through Melbourne Museum to hear the stories of Australia’s displaced peoples and asylum seekers. He is a lecturer, researcher and community advocate, with interests in transnationalism, displacement and discrimination.

CODE 9851

The Broken Faces of War WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 11.30am (90 min) CO D E 9751

Lee Kofman guides you through Melbourne Museum’s WW1: Love and Sorrow exhibition which looks at Queen’s Hospital’s groundbreaking approach to facial injuries, pioneered on soldiers. The exhibition considers the experiences and identity crises of men with broken faces. Contains graphic content.

Hannah Donnelly guides you through the Melbourne Museum Forest Gallery. Its seven seasons timeline opens up new perspectives on seasonality in Australia, the continued use of a four-season colonial model, and Indigenous knowledge of living in Australia.

The Ghosts of Kew Asylum W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 11.30am (90 min) CODE 9951

At the Melbourne Museum, Catherine Deveny and Steve Ellen discuss the wooden isolation cell from the decommissioned psychiatric hospital Kew Asylum, built circa 1872. An examination of Melbourne’s history of and attitude towards mental illness.

Walk: Elephant Journey with Sophie Cunningham

Neko Case: This Tornado Loves You

WH EN Sun 26 Aug,

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 4pm

4.30pm (2 hours)

V EN UE MWF Box Office, Fed Square T ICKETS $40

CODE 5211

Trace the footsteps of Ranee, the first elephant in Australia. Acclaimed writer Sophie Cunningham leads this two-hour walk while exploring the animal’s dark journey, Melbourne’s early history, animal rights and the ethics of zoos today.

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VE NUE ACMI Cinema 1 TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 2215

Sublime art goddess Neko Case, American singer-songwriter and two-time Grammy nominee known for her work with Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers, examines the magical connection between literature and songwriting.


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Local Libraries TIC K E TS Free, bookings required

Don’t miss international and local Festival guests at a library near you. Manal al-Sharif

Kon Karapanagiotidis

Ceridwen Dovey

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 11am

WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 3pm

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 3pm

V EN UE Belgrave Library

V EN UE St Kilda Library

VE NUE St Kilda Library

CODE 7112

CO D E 7152

CODE 5412

Manal al-Sharif is a leading women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia, now based in Sydney. In her book, Daring to Drive, she recounts how she spearheaded a political movement after being jailed in 2011 for defying Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving.

Kon Karapanagiotidis is the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. His new book, The Power of Hope, is a powerful and inspiring memoir, which argues that by putting community, love and compassion at the centre of our lives, we have the power to change our world.

From the award-winning author of Only the Animals comes an unputdownable novel of obsession, guilt, and the power of the past to possess the present. Join South African–Australian writer Ceridwen Dovey to discuss her new book In the Garden of the Fugitives.

Catherine Deveny & Steve Ellen W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 1pm V EN UE Frankston Library CODE 7111

Ed Husain

Han Yujoo WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 6pm V EN UE Flemington Library CO D E 7153

What do we know about mental health? How do we get help? What actually works? Comedian and writer Catherine Deveny has teamed up with psychiatrist Steve Ellen to write Mental, a book that talks with heart and humour about taboo issues around mental illness.

Han Yujoo was born in Seoul and is the author of four short story collections. Her first book to appear in English, The Impossible Fairytale, is a fresh and terrifying exploration of the ethics of art making and of the stinging consequences of neglect.

Micheline Jenner

Amie Kaufman

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 2.30pm V EN UE Brighton Library CODE 7151

Uncover the mysteries of ocean giants with marine biologist Micheline Jenner as she discusses the research behind her book, The Secret Life of Whales. Tap into Jenner’s world-leading research and infectious enthusiasm for these magnificent creatures.

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 3pm V EN UE Dandenong Library CO D E 5411

Hear New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman talk about her writing, including YA sci-fi behemoths The Illuminae Files and The Starbound Trilogy, her obsession with deep space and her work as a storytelling consultant at NASA. Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong

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W HE N Mon 27 Aug, 7pm VE NUE Realm (Ringwood Library) CODE 7351

Explore the intricacies of Islam with the bestselling author of The Islamist Ed Husain (UK), and his new book, The House of Islam. Learn about the global history, ethical purpose and complexities of the Muslim world.

Barry Jones W HE N Tue 28 Aug, 7pm VE NUE Clayton Library Theatrette CODE 7451

Join Australian polymath Barry Jones to explore his latest book, Looking Into The Abyss: Trump, Brexit & Beyond. Understand more about religious beliefs in a multicultural society, the existential threat to democracy and what we must do to preserve it, and much more.


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Ted Chiang

Dr Karl

Michelle de Kretser

W HE N Wed 29 Aug, 6.30pm

WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 11am

W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 2pm

V EN UE Dandenong Library

V EN UE Dandenong Library

VE NUE Beaumaris Library

CODE 5511

CO D E 5711

CODE 7952

Iconic science-fiction writer Ted Chiang crafts stories that are filled with a deep sense of wonder about the nature of existence, including the short story that inspired the film Arrival. Hear him discuss how sci-fi can teach us what it means to be human.

Why do stars shine? Why do we burp? How many universes are there in the multiverse? All the wonderful, curious, curly questions about the world and beyond, answered by Dr Karl, Australia’s most beloved scientist. Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong

The Life to Come is the dazzling new novel from Michelle de Kretser, author of Questions of Travel, bestseller and winner of the Miles Franklin Award. Profoundly moving and wickedly funny, The Life to Come reveals how the shadows cast by both the past and the future can transform, distort and undo the present.

Helen Jukes

Mara Wilson

Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong

Michael Mohammed Ahmad W HE N Wed 29 Aug, 7pm V EN UE Sam Merrifield Library CODE 5512

The Lebs is a confronting new novel from award-winning young novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad. He is the founder and director of Sweatshop, a literacy movement in Western Sydney devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing.

WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 6.30pm V EN UE Camberwell Library CO D E 7711

W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 3pm VE NUE Cheltenham Library CODE 5911

UK author Helen Jukes has written a beautiful memoir A Honeybee Heart has Five Openings. After feeling trapped, disconnected and stressed through an urban grind of office politics, she opens up new perspectives in her world after being gifted a colony of honeybees.

Mara Wilson was thrust into the spotlight as a child actor, in her starring role in the film adaption of Matilda. Join Wilson for a discussion of her memoir Where Am I Now?, an honest and hilarious insight into her life.

Eddie Ayres

Ali Cobby Eckermann

W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 7pm

WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 6.30pm

VE NUE Doncaster Library

W HE N Thu 30 Aug, 7pm

V EN UE Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

CODE 7951

V EN UE Newport Community Hub

CO D E 7761

Anita Heiss

CODE 9671

Hear Anita Heiss discuss her groundbreaking anthology Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, which showcases diverse Aboriginal voices speaking from the heart, including Tony Birch, Adam Goodes, Ambelin Kwaymullina and many more.

Meet one of Australia’s greatest living poets, Indigenous writer Ali Cobby Eckermann. Author of the verse novel Ruby Moonlight, poetry collection Inside My Mother and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry, in 2017 she was awarded Yale University’s WindhamCampbell Prize in poetry.

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From the former ABC Classic FM broadcaster, Eddie Ayres, comes a remarkable story about the power of music and courage to be one’s self. In Danger Music, Ayres takes us through the bombs and chaos of Kabul, where Emma becomes the man always there inside – Eddie.


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Death of Democracy

Alexis Wright: Tracker

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 6pm

W HE N Tue 28 Aug, 1pm (90 min)

V E N U E Belleville

V EN UE ACMI The Cube

VE NUE Victorian Archives Centre

T IC K E TS Free

T ICKETS Free

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 7651

The Brow Talks series asks sharp thinkers to speak on unusual topics of public and creative interest.

In a post-Trump world, the rise of extremism has been accompanied by increasing censorship – and a move to demonise. Esteemed writer and author Ed Husain draws on years of experience and investigative reportage to thrash the subject out with journalist David Neiwert.

Discover the research behind Alexis Wright’s Stella Prize– winning book Tracker. Join Wright, winner of the Miles Franklin for Carpentaria, in conversation about the process of writing her ‘collective memoir’ of Tracker Tilmouth in the fascinating walls of the Victorian Archives Centre.

Brow Talks

Supported by The Lifted Brow and RMIT’s non/fictionLab

Michelle Law W H E N Sat 25 Aug, 3pm

Michelle Law speaks about embracing anger as a constructive tool, so your writing rises like a phoenix from fiery ashes.

Nic Holas W H E N Sun 26 Aug, 3pm

Writer and HIV activist Nic Holas reflects on how far we’ve come in depathologising but not depoliticising our sex lives.

Evelyn Ida Morris W H E N Sat 1 Sep, 3pm

Evelyn Ida Morris aka Pikelet shares stories they’ve used to make sense of their music, art, activism and structures for living.

Nayuka Gorrie W H E N Sun 2 Sep, 3pm

Laughter can be a powerful tool against oppression. Nayuka Gorrie explores a history of laughing at people in power and ways to do it today.

Jimmy Barnes: Musical Memory WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 7pm

Supported by Ancestry.com.au and Public Record Office Victoria

India’s #MeToo Movement

V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

W HE N Tue 28 Aug, 6pm

T ICKETS $30/$27 CODE 1207

VE NUE Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

Which songs from Jimmy Barnes’s vivid and rich youth formed the cerebral jukebox to his life? Join the rock icon and bestselling Australian musician as he spins 7” records and reveals all to major music buff Myf Warhurst.

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 1407

Indian author and journalist Deepanjana Pal speaks on India’s #MeToo movement and Raya Sarkar’s infamous list of abusive men. What has been the fallout, and where to next?

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Supported by Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 8.30pm

Megan Davis: John Button Oration

V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 1208

Join American poet, essayist, and critic Hanif Abdurraqib, New Zealand poet, playwright, Peruvian-Australian music video director and writer Triana Hernandez and New Zealand poet, playwright, and musician Courtney Sina Meredith in a conversation and performance about the role of music in activist movements, and the lyricism of resistance.

W HE N Tue 28 Aug, 6.30pm VE NUE Deakin Edge, Fed Square TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 1405

Aboriginal activist and human rights lawyer Megan Davis shares an on-the-ground account of her involvement with the Uluru Statement From the Heart, the astonishing near-consensus that was achieved, and the great disappointment of its rejection by the Turnbull government. Supported by the John Button Fund, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne

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Dream Dinner Party V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square T ICKETS $22/$19

Four MWF favourites answer the age-old question:

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Leigh Sales

Benjamin Law

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 1pm

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 11.30am

CO D E 1203

CODE 1402

At her dream dinner party, Leigh Sales raises a glass to great writing in film and television with actor Lachy Hulme (Romper Stomper), comedian and writer Tony Martin (Deadly Kerfuffle), and screenwriters Jan Sardi (Secret River) and Samantha Winston (Wentworth, Power Games).

Columnist, writer, and renowned raconteur Benjamin Law has assembled a conversational menu for his dream dinner party, with guests writer and activist Nayuka Gorrie, novelist Melissa Lucashenko, journalist David Marr and writer Nevo Zisin. Watch them feast upon the topic ‘queers across generations’. Supported by Star Observer

Carly Findlay

Judith Lucy

WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 10am

W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 2.30pm

CO D E 1401

CODE 1904

The table’s set, and writer and activist Carly Findlay has put together her dream guest list of attendees. She’ll be joined by writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied, broadcaster Namila Benson, educator Nic Holas and journalist Beverley Wang to explore media and the balance of power.

National treasure Judith Lucy is holding a dinner party, but don’t expect polite conversations about work and the weather. She explores the topic of death with her specially selected guests Waleed Aly, Rachel Berger, Ash Flanders and Karen Hitchcock.

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Signs Across Australia W HE N Tue 28 Aug,

6.30pm (90 min)

V EN UE Belleville TIC K E TS Free

Road trip! The Gents (aka Dale Campisi and Brady Michaels) discuss their book Signs of Australia, their 40,000km search for precious hallmarks of Australian history and culture, and reflections about their romantic relationship they learned along the way.

Alexis Wright: Boisbouvier Oration W HE N Wed 29 Aug, 6.30pm V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 1505

What is the power and purpose of literature? Alexis Wright, the only author to win both the Miles Franklin Award (Carpentaria) and the Stella Prize (Tracker), examines this question in her lecture as the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian literature at The University of Melbourne. Supported by the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

Michael Robotham: The Other Wife

The Personal is Political: Bri Lee & Zoya Patel

WH EN Thu 30 Aug, 8.30pm

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 11.30am

V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

VE NUE ACMI The Cube

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 1606

TI CKE TS Free

Michael Robotham, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller The Secrets She Keeps, is one of Australia’s most widely read crime writers. Join the author in conversation about his new novel, The Other Wife, a confronting psychological thriller.

Authors of two astonishing and raw debut memoirs, Bri Lee and Zoya Patel, discuss the implications of writing on a subject close to your heart, and the way that the personal can be used as a framework to explore systemic issues.

How to be a Better Ally

Majok Tulba: When Elephants Fight

WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 10am V EN UE ACMI The Cube

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 1pm

T ICKETS Free

VE NUE ACMI Cinema 1

It’s not up to the LGBTI community to shoulder the burden of survival alone – as friends, family and allies we can do better. Join artist and non-binary dragtivist Dani Weber as they run a workshop on listening, learning and supporting.

Female Thrillers WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 11.30am V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1 T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 2312

Behrouz Boochani: Live from Manus W HE N Wed 29 Aug, 8.30pm V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 1506

Beyond the inhumane policies and dehumanising detention lies a group of desperate and betrayed people. Kurdish journalist, poet and film producer Behrouz Boochani talks live from Manus Island (where he has been detained for five years) with translator Omid Tofighian and human rights educator Arnold Zable.

Three thriller writers, Candice Fox, Susi Fox and Megan Goldin get into the nitty gritty of their genre. Join them for a discussion on defying stereotypes and expectations of female characters, writing revenge, and how women’s stories and experiences are depicted in thrillers. Supported by Penguin Random House

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TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 2313

Author Majok Tulba discusses his haunting coming-of-age novel, When Elephants Fight, a heartwrenching story of transcendence and resilience, and an important testimony to refugees in the midst of civil war in South Sudan.


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Sacred Texts V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square TIC K E TS $22/$19

Do you remember a piece of writing that inspired you to become the person you are today?

The Book That Made Me a Feminist

The Book That Made Me an Activist

The Book That Made Me a Better Lover

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 11.30am

WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 11.30am

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 4pm

COD E 1202

CO D E 1302

CODE 1308

The path to feminism often begins with the powerful act of discovering the right text at the right time. Neko Case, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Michelle Law, Hollie McNish and Emily Nussbaum nominate the novel that set them alight.

Carly Findlay, Gerry Georgatos, Sisonke Msimang and Jeff Sparrow discuss the texts that set them on their activist paths, and their ongoing influence on their practice.

One can’t always rely on latenight furtive Googling to find out how to be a better lover. Nayuka Gorrie, Krissy Kneen, Fiona Patten and William Yang will reveal the books that set them on a path to a more pleasurable intimate life.

Context & Memory: Celebrating Bourdain

Radical Self-Care

Tony Birch & Katherena Vermette

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 1pm

V EN UE ACMI The Cube

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 4pm

V EN UE ACMI Studio 1

T ICKETS Free

VE NUE ACMI Studio 1

Supported by Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 1722

‘Walk in someone else’s shoes… or at least eat their food’. The loss of celebrated chef and documentarian Anthony Bourdain has left a chasm in the hearts of the food community. Join four passionate food lovers as they reflect on his magical legacy.

WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 2.30pm

Activism is tireless, brave, beautiful, exhausting work. So how do those constantly at the battlefront ensure their own emotional wellbeing? Join four incredible activists as they discuss what forms of support and self-care they reach for in challenging times.

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TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 4303

Join award-winning author Tony Birch (Ghost River, Shadowboxing) in conversation with poet and novelist Katherena Vermette (North End Love Songs, The Break), a writer from the heart of the Métis nation in Canada.


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Therapy Couch TIC K E TS $22/$19

Writing a new work is a lonely process – though it doesn’t have to be. In this intimate series, beloved authors will be gently guided through their work in process by a ‘literary therapist’.

Krissy Kneen

Judith Lucy

Claire G Coleman

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 10am

WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 1pm

W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 11.30am

V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

VE NUE ACMI Cinema 1

COD E 1201

CO D E 1303

CODE 2912

Krissy Kneen is guided through her current creative roadblocks by acclaimed writer Cate Kennedy in this fascinating insight into her writing process. Audience members are invited to leave messages of support for Kneen as she returns to the studio to complete her new book.

Taking some time out from her elusive work in progress, comedian and writer Judith Lucy sits down for a chat with broadcaster, book reviewer and producer Elizabeth McCarthy, who plays ‘literary therapist’ in a discussion around the creative process.

Therapy Couch gives authors mid-way through a new work a break to discuss their creative process. This session invites Claire G Coleman, writer of the Stella Prize–shortlisted Terra Nullius to chat with her ‘creative therapist’ and writer Tony Birch.

Creative Couples: Richard Glover & Debra Oswald

Alannah Hill: Butterfly on a Pin

Black Lives, Refugee Lives

WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 11.30am

VE NUE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 10am

V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1

TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 1402

V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 2412

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 2411

Celebrating the survival skills of couples working in the arts, author Richard Glover and playwright Debra Oswald share an intimate portrayal of life, work, big issues, small issues and raising two sons.

Fashion designer, stylist, author… Alannah Hill has carved out an iconic space in the Australian sartorial landscape over the years. She speaks about her stark, raw and revealing new memoir and how it feels to escape family trauma.

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W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 1pm

An estimated one in ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths is from suicide. An estimated 50 percent of refugees to Australia are further traumatised by immigration processes. Riyadh Al-Hakimi, Gerry Georgatos and Megan Krakouer on learning, empathy, hope and ways forward.


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Book Clubs V EN UE Immigration Museum TIC K E TS $60

This intimate series invites you to get up close and personal with your favourite authors and hotly debate their personal book club picks over wine and cheese.

John Safran

Neko Case

WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 8.30pm (90 min)

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 8.30pm (90 min)

CO D E 3155

CODE 8262

Join documentary-maker John Safran for a deeper look at cult horror classic The Exorcist by American writer William Peter Blatty, and its legacy as one of the greatest supernatural films of all time.

Beloved American singer-songwriter Neko Case will be dissecting one of her favourite books, Watership Down. Written by Richard Adams in 1972, this classic fantasy adventure novel will be open for robust discussion, critique and discovery.

Irvine Welsh

Adam Liaw

Michelle de Kretser

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 4.30pm (90 min)

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 4.30pm (90 min)

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 6.30pm (90 min)

CODE 8161

CO D E 8861

CODE 9761

Acclaimed author and cult figure Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) discusses one of his favourite texts. PostCapitalism: A Guide To Our Future by Paul Mason explores the existential threat posed to capitalism by the digital revolution.

Chef, television host and all-round convivial human Adam Liaw sits down to discuss two books that shaped his creative life – Roald Dahl’s extraordinary memoirs, Boy and Going Solo. Join him for an impassioned conversation.

Miles Franklin Award–winning author Michelle de Kretser will be your guide for a thoughtful and sagacious examination of one of her favourite novels, Elizabeth Harrower’s The Watch Tower.

Bob Carr

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Sarah Krasnostein

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 6.30pm (90 min)

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 6.30pm (90 min)

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 8.30pm (90 min)

CODE 8162

CO D E 8261

CODE 9762

Join former Australian politician and well-known bibliophile Bob Carr for an evening of wine, cheese, and robust conversation about one of his favourite novels, Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March.

Writer and advocate Yassmin Abdel-Magied leads a discussion of much-loved literary classic, George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, with insights on how its themes of censorship and fascism remain ever-relevant in today’s society.

Sarah Krasnostein is a law researcher and the award-winning author of bestselling book The Trauma Cleaner. Delve into one of her favourite novels, the New York Times bestseller My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.

Only 20 tickets per session – be quick.

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The Funeral Parlour V EN UE ACMI The Cube TIC K E TS Free

Part immersiveperformance space, part talks venue, the MWF Funeral Parlour provides a chance to interrogate topics of mortality. Assisted Dying: What’s Next? W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 10am

What does voluntary assisted dying legislation mean for Victorians? Representatives from nursing, medicine, disability rights and bioethics discuss the right to end our own lives. Featuring Courtney Hempton, Tricia Malowney, Margaret O’Connor, Rodney Syme and a potential service user.

Ask Me Anything: The Afterlife WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 11.30am

Always wanted to know about the Afterlife but been afraid to ask? In this group discussion and open question event, Gyatso, a Buddhist monk, Reverend Alexandra Sangster and more share their differing beliefs on the afterlife and answer your queries.

The Death (and Rebirth) of Sex WH EN Sat 25 Aug, 1pm

Sex and death: Are they inevitable partners? Why does sex tend to flourish at the start of relationships, then die off? More importantly, what can we do to (a)rouse the dead? Roger Butler of Curious Creatures and sexologist Linda Kirkman explore.

Love Letters to Loss WH EN 25 Aug, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5.30pm 26 Aug, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm

You are warmly invited to write a letter to whom or what you have lost. Your words of sorrow and heartache will be folded to form an intimate artwork of woe. This participatory art will immerse audiences in a cathartic, healing experience.

Michelle de Kretser: The Life to Come

Jessie Cole: Staying

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 4pm

V EN UE ACMI Studio 1

V EN UE Deakin Edge, Fed Square

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 4905

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 1415

Time for our literary culture to take a look in the mirror. Miles Franklin Award–winning author Michelle de Kretser discusses her new novel, The Life to Come, as well as race, gender politics, identity and satire with writer Mridula Nath Chakraborty. Supported by Monash University

WH EN Sun 2 Sep, 4pm

How do we recover from loss? Jessie Cole, author of the heartbreaking memoir Staying holds a conversation and healing workshop about tragedy in her adolescence, and finding peace in a place of pain.

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How to: The Final Page W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 10am

Who will write the final page of your story? Fiona Garrivan discusses penning your own eulogy as a gift to your family, and female-led law firm Sinclair + May explain why you need a will (and why you shouldn’t write it yourself).

Ask Me Anything: Rites & Rituals W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 11.30am

Death may be universal, but practices around the death and dying process vary enormously. Join Irish celebrant Fiona Garrivan, holistic funeral director Libby Moloney and Rabbi Noam Sendor to learn about different rites and rituals for the dead.


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Festival Bar Continue the conversation at the MWF Festival Bar at Beer DeLuxe, open every day from Friday 25 August to Sunday 2 September. Snuggle up with a blanket and a good book in our cosy reading nooks or connect with your lit-loving friends to discuss, debate and deliberate. Supported by Beer DeLuxe, Hargreaves Hill Brewing Co., The Melbourne Gin Company, Noisy Ritual Urban Winery and STARWARD Distillery

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Workshops Dead Letter Club W HE N Wed 29 Aug, 7pm (3 hours) VE NUE Noisy Ritual TI CKE TS $25

Between Words & Music: Meditation

Deep Dive into the Archives

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 10am

WH EN Wed 29 Aug, 1pm (90 min)

V EN UE ACMI Cinema 1

V EN UE Victorian Archives Centre

TIC K E TS $22/$19 CO D E 2111

T ICKETS $22/$19 CODE 8581

Explore a new awareness of self and reality at this meditative, interactive event with Nadine Cameron and SnowBorne (David Rosa). Surrender to breath and the unique physical sensations and sensory experiences that can occur when music and spoken word combine.

Explore the Victorian Archives Centre’s 1930s archives with author Gideon Haigh. Haigh guides you through the records, exploring their potential with writing exercises and group presentations, and explains his own research for Scandal in Bohemia. Supported by Ancestry.com.au and Public Record Office Victoria

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CODE 9561

In a world of Twitter, textspeak and emojis, it’s time to romantically revisit communication using ink and paper. Audiences are invited to release their creative thoughts through the lost art of letter writing in an evening dedicated to the written word.

Meditation Pages W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 11.30am VE NUE ACMI Studio 1 TI CKE TS $22/$19 CODE 4402

How is reading like meditation? Listen to writers share their favourite works which have induced meditative states, before diving into a guided meditation and writing session for all while listening to music. Don’t miss this interactive journey of self-discovery.


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The Ideas Hospital V EN UE ACMI The Cube TIC K E TS Free

Come and heal your art practice and write a prescription for a better future in MWF’s Ideas Hospital.

Healing Trauma Through Words WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 1pm

Sometimes there is no therapy more powerful than putting pen to paper. Join Judy Atkinson, author of Trauma Trails: Recreating Songlines, and Sarah Krasnostein, writer of The Trauma Cleaner, to discuss the power of words and writing in the journey towards healing.

Waiting Room Collage

Writing Darkness for Young People

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 10am

WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 2.30pm

Artists Alasdair McLuckie and Tai Snaith and conduct a live collage demonstration. They discuss the role collage plays in their broader art practices and how it can be a great tool to free up unconscious ideas and survive creative block. With clown doctor Sabrina D’Angelo.

Illustrator Andrew Frazer talks about his new book, Drawn Onward, and how to broach dark topics with children and young people. His powerful picture book looks at how shifting perspectives and our inner voices change interpretations of the world around us.

Supported by Moleskine

The Pen Hospital W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 11.30am

The pen might be mightier than the sword, but what do you do when your favourite pen breaks? Don’t cry over spilt ink! Hear from expert pen doctors (yes, it’s a thing) from Milligram and passionate scribe Jess McGuire. Supported by Milligram

Anatomy of a Short Story WH EN Sat 1 Sep, 4pm

Join creative ‘doctor’ Cate Kennedy (The Taste of River Water, The World Beneath) in the Ideas Hospital installation space for a workshop on the anatomy and inner workings of a short story. Supported by Moleskine

Jerome Doraisamy & Bri Lee WH EN Sun 2 Sep, 10am

Join former legal professionals turned writers Jerome Doraisamy and Bri Lee to hear about working and writing within the industry, how to care for oneself when writing about personally taxing issues, and how the law should look after us too.

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Why Lyrics Matter W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 11.30am

Why are lyrics important to us when we’re struggling? shOUT Choir members join Eddie Ayres to discuss the songs that have led them through hardship, helping connect them to the wider world, sing louder and shout higher. That’s followed by a group singalong of survival songs.

Happy Pills W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 1pm

US comedian and YouTube sensation Chris Fleming and cult Australian comedian Zoe Norton Lodge examine what it means to be a outsider comedian, and the peculiar nature of using comedy as a medium to be understood... and gloriously misunderstood.

Healing W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 2.30pm

In a process of healing the wounds created from underrepresentation, Sista Zai Zanda forms a space for people to connect by co-creating a list of books, plays, songs and films written by women of colour.

The Birthing Suite W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 4pm

An insightful conversation between authors Jamila Rizvi (Not Just Lucky, The Motherhood) and Christian White (The Nowhere Child), and their longsuffering editors Cate Blake and Martin Hughes, exploring the often complex and always emotional journey of a novel from conception to publication.


Sarah Krasnostein Writer / Lawyer / Great Indoorswoman / T-Shirt Enthusiast / Creative Victorian Sarah’s book The Trauma Cleaner won the 2018 Victorian Prize for Literature. See her at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. Creative Victoria proudly supports the festival and creative Victorians, see how at creative.vic.gov.au


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Industry Insights Presented in partnership with the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne Ready to take your career to the next level? Learn the craft from the creators of the world’s best literature. From masterclasses to seminars, these hands-on events will educate and inspire writers, publishers and editors at all career stages.

All About YA Seminar

Radical Poetry Masterclass

How White is My Writing? Seminar

V EN UE The University of Melbourne, Forum Theatre

WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 9.30am (3 hours)

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 5.30pm (90 min)

V EN UE The University of

TIC K E TS $50 / $40 CO D E 9351

Melbourne, Lecture Room 556

VE NUE The University of Melbourne, Forum Theatre

T ICKETS $140 / $120 CODE 9661

TI CKE TS $50 / $40 CODE 9783

Explore the world of contemporary poetry with Singapore’s Joshua Ip and experimental poets and academics Bella Li and Eddie Paterson. Write and workshop your own unconventional verse, working from text messages, collages, or spoken word.

Does your writing accurately reflect the world around you, and how can you improve your racial literacy? Writers Elena Gomez and Hella Ibrahim, and academic Odette Kelada explore representation in literature.

W HE N Mon 27 Aug, 7.45pm (90 min)

Young adult fiction is wildly popular among both adults and teens. Learn about this successful market with international YA superstar Juno Dawson (UK), Australia’s Leanne Hall, and lecturer Penni Russon.

True Crime Podcast Seminar W HE N Thu 30 Aug, 6.15pm (90 min) V EN UE The University of Melbourne, Forum Theatre TIC K E TS $50 / $40 CO D E 9451

Explore the booming phenomenon of podcasts. What makes aural storytelling – particularly deepdive crime investigations – so compelling to audiences, and what does it tell us about ourselves? Audio journalism lecturer Louisa Lim leads the discussion with investigative journalist Richard Baker and the ABC’s Rachael Brown.

Graphic Novels Masterclass

Get Published! Seminar W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 7.30pm (90 min)

WH EN Fri 31 Aug, 2pm (3 hours)

VE NUE The University of Melbourne, Forum Theatre

V EN UE The University of Melbourne, Lecture Room 156

TI CKE TS $50 / $40 CODE 9781

T ICKETS $140 / $120 CODE 9782

Explore the history and resurgence of graphic storytelling and learn to craft your own stories with Cleverman creator Ryan Griffen, and lecturers Bernard Caleo and Elizabeth MacFarlane.

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Award-winning author Claire G Coleman and her publisher Robert J Watkins talk with Mark Davis and Sybil Nolan from Grattan Street Press about getting your manuscript seen, how to choose the right publisher, and if you really need a literary agent.


K IDS & T EENS

Kids & Teens

Let your creativity loose! There’s something for kids of all ages at MWF.

Songwriting: Josh Earl

Writing & Movement

W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 11am (90 min)

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 11am (90 min)

V EN UE ArtPlay

V EN UE ArtPlay

TIC K E TS $15

CO D E 5101

Learn to write your own songs with Australian stand-up comedian and musician Josh Earl. Write your own lyrics, come up with a tune, and tap into your creativity to perform your own funny songs. All you need to bring is your imagination.

Witches Workshop W HE N Sat 25 Aug, 2pm (90 min) V EN UE ArtPlay TIC K E TS $15

CO D E 5302

Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble! Write your own spells with poet-witch Emilie Zoey Baker, an award-winning writer and slam poetry champion. Create ancient scrolls and conjure the rhymes to make some magic.

T ICKETS $15

W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 11am (90 min) CODE 5111

Use parkour-inspired movement and exercises to uncover your own original stories! In this workshop with Dan Nixon, you will learn a new way of telling stories through exploration of movement and finding your own way through obstacles or ‘writers’ blocks’.

The Patchwork Bike WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 2pm (90 min)

VE NUE ArtPlay TI CKE TS $15

CODE 5102

Meet Quantum Physics for Babies author Chris Ferrie and introduce your little one to the world of science. Baby will find out that energy is quantized and the weird world of atoms never comes to a standstill. It is never too early to become a quantum physicist!

Slow Down World W HE N Fri 31 Aug, 2pm (90 min)

V EN UE ArtPlay T ICKETS $15

Quantum Physics for Babies

CODE 5401

Learn about recycling, upcycling and bike cycling with bestselling author Maxine Beneba Clarke’s first children’s book, and learn how to draw with illustrator Van T Rudd.

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VE NUE ArtPlay TI CKE TS $15

CODE 5311

What would a slower world look like? Use collage and clay to create your vision for a future slower city with Tai Snaith, artist and creator of Slow Down, World. A reminder to slow down and appreciate the world around us.


K IDS & T EENS

Teens at Signal

Juno Dawson AMA

Spoken Word Workshop

WH EN Sun 26 Aug, 11am

W HE N Sun 26 Aug, 1pm (2 hours)

CO D E 5221

CODE 5222

V EN UE Signal

Find out all you ever wanted to know about writing YA, gender and learning about mental health with British YA sensation and trans activist Juno Dawson.

Learn from the best how to master rhythm and rhyme in a special poetry-for-performance workshop. With poets Hanif Abdurraqib (US) and Courtney Sina Meredith (NZ).

TIC K E TS Free, bookings required

A host of free events and workshops just for young people aged 13–25.

Activism Workshop WH EN Sun 2 Sep, 11am (75 min) CO D E 5921

Join writer and zinester Timmah Ball and activist Tarneen OnusWilliams for a discussion on the role of writing and art in activism and how to get organised.

Manga Workshop W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 1pm (2 hours) CODE 5922

Learn how to create your very own manga comic! Artist Kenny Chang shows you how to draw manga-style faces and convey emotion through character expressions.

Make Your Own Superhero

Family Sundays: Down the Rabbit Hole

Games Workshop

W HE N Sat 1 Sep, 12.30pm (90 min)

WH EN Sun 2 Sep, 10am – 4pm

VE NUE ArtPlay

V EN UE Footscray Community Arts Centre

V EN UE ACMI

TI CKE TS $15

TIC K E TS Free, bookings required CODE 6811

If you were a superhero, what would your special ability be? What would your costume look like? Maxine Beneba Clarke and TextaQueen help you design, make and become your very own superhero. The power is yours!

T ICKETS Free

Explore Wonderland magic with a free day of family activities for kids aged 5-12. Spend your Sunday together exploring special effects, coding your own interactive Wonderland game and designing traditional Victorian costumes. Presented as part of ACMI’s free Family Sundays

Supported by Footscray Community Arts Centre

W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 11am (90 min)

CODE 5112

Co-author of Game Changers, Leena van Deventer, is an award-winning game developer and writer. In this interactive workshop she will help you to collectively write a story to turn into a brand new game.

Wide Big World W HE N Sun 2 Sep, 2pm (90 min) VE NUE ArtPlay TI CKE TS $15

CODE 5922

Difference is everywhere, just look and see. This whole-widebig-world is wondrous-unique! Discover a beautiful children’s picture book about diversity from award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Isobel Knowles.

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Guests Yassmin Abdel-Magied.. 26, 32, 37, 41 Hanif Abdurraqib............... 36, 49 Nour Abouzeid......................... 17 Pam Ahearn............................. 21 Michael Mohammed Ahmad......................... 23, 25, 35 Riyadh Al Hakimi..................... 40 Saba Alemayoh......... mwf.com.au Idil Ali...................... mwf.com.au Marwa Al-Sabouni....................10 Manal al-Sharif....................... 34 Piri Altraide.............. mwf.com.au Waleed Aly..............................37 Roj Amedi................. mwf.com.au Amoudou................. mwf.com.au Anbess....................................24 Wil Anderson...........................27 Manisha Anjali....................20, 27 Adolfo Aranjuez......... mwf.com.au Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind...................... mwf.com.au Judy Atkinson......................... 45 Denise Sithembiso Atzinger................... mwf.com.au Eddie Ayres.................... 27, 35, 45 Emilie Zoey Baker.............8, 15, 48 Mark Baker............... mwf.com.au Richard Baker..........................47 Timmah Ball.......................10, 49 Jimmy Barnes......................... 36 Namila Benson........................37 Rachel Berger..........................37 Elise Bialylew............ mwf.com.au Tony Birch......................21, 27, 39 BIRDZ...................... mwf.com.au Cate Blake.............................. 45 Sarah Blasko............................19 David Blissett.......................... 20 Behrouz Boochani.................... 38 David Bridie.............................19 Sara Brooke.............. mwf.com.au Kevin Brophy............................ 17 Helen Brown........................... 20 Rachael Brown.........................47 Andy Butler............................ 26 Roger Butler............................42 Bernard Caleo..........................47 Nadine Cameron..................... 44 Broede Carmody...................... 17 Bob Carr.............................31, 41 Neko Case..................... 33, 39, 41 Kate Ceberano.........................19 Kenny Chang.......................... 49 Corrie Chen........................ 29, 32 Ted Chiang.................... 10, 32, 35 Santilla Chingaipe............... 14, 24 KO Chong-Gossard...................27 Shu-Ling Chua.......... mwf.com.au Maxine Beneba Clarke............. 11, 22, 25, 39, 48, 49 Jane Clifton............................. 17 Jen Cloher...............................19 Ta-Nehisi Coates...................... 14 Ali Cobby Eckermann........ 7, 21, 35 JM Coetzee............................. 20

Jessie Cole....................... 7, 27, 42 Claire G Coleman................40, 47 Mitchell Coombes................ 18, 20 Geoff Cousins..........................27 Annabel Crabb.......... mwf.com.au Cubbie..................... mwf.com.au Sophie Cunningham......... 7, 21, 33 Dance Magic Dance................. 26 Sabrina D’Angelo.................22, 45 Maude Davey........................... 15 Anni Davey............... mwf.com.au Mark Davis..............................47 Megan Davis........................... 36 Juno Dawson................. 31, 47, 49 Michelle de Kretser......... 35, 41, 42 Paul Dempsey..........................19 Hedley Derenzie........ mwf.com.au Catherine Deveny...........26, 33, 34 Julia deVille.............................18 Robert DiNapoli...................... 26 Quang Dinh.............. mwf.com.au Upulie Divisekera..................... 26 Jane Doe................................. 15 Hannah Donnelly................ 27, 33 Jerome Doraisamy................... 45 Ceridwen Dovey..................20, 34 Ryan Downey...........................19 Dr Karl...............................32, 35 Quinn Eades........................10, 17 Josh Earl................................ 48 Anne Edmonds......................... 12 Rachel Edmonds........ mwf.com.au Steve Ellen.....................26, 33, 34 James Evans............................23 Michael Farrell......................... 17 Ronan Farrow.......................... 13 Rachel Fensham.......................23 Chris Ferrie............................. 48 Carly Findlay....................... 37, 39 First Dog On The Moon......... 21, 23 Kitty Flanagan......................... 15 Ash Flanders............................37 Chris Fleming...................... 15, 45 Arthur Flowers.................... 23, 25 Clementine Ford.......................10 Susi Fox.................................. 38 Candice Fox............................ 38 David Francis.......................... 20 Andrew Frazer......................... 45 Raimond Gaita.................... 21, 26 Fiona Garrivan.........................42 Ken Gelder...............................23 Gerry Georgatos..................39, 40 Gabriela Georges....... mwf.com.au Joelle Gergis............................27 Masha Gessen.......................... 31 Girl Zone.................. mwf.com.au Vanessa Giron........... mwf.com.au Ravi Glasser-Vora...... mwf.com.au Glitter and Snatch..... mwf.com.au Richard Glover........................ 40 Megan Goldin......................... 38 Anna Goldsworthy.................... 21 Peter Goldsworthy.................... 21 Elena Gomez............................47 Nayuka Gorrie........... 29, 36, 37, 39 Grand Salvo............................. 21 Dave Graney....................... 25, 27 James Grant............................ 21

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Ryan Griffen.......................25, 47 Andy Griffiths........................... 6 Osher Gunsberg....................... 21 Gyatso....................................42 Haftu.....................................24 Gideon Haigh......................... 44 Leanne Hall.............................47 Jane Harrison..........................23 Angie Hart............... mwf.com.au Maria Dahvana Headley.......20, 26 Justin Heazlewood....................27 Anita Heiss............................. 35 Courtney Hempton...................42 Eliza Henry-Jones.................... 20 Triana Hernandez.................... 36 Caroline Higgins....................... 21 Alannah Hill........................... 40 Karen Hitchcock.......................37 Philip Hoare........................20, 33 Nic Holas...........................36, 37 Kate Holden............................. 7 Christopher Hollow.... mwf.com.au Penny Hueston.......... mwf.com.au Martin Hughes........................ 45 Lachy Hulme...........................37 Ed Husain.......................... 34, 36 Amal Ibrahim............ mwf.com.au Hella Ibrahim...........................47 Noriko Ikaga............. mwf.com.au Joshua Ip................................47 Mariam Issa.............................. 7 Julia Jacklin.............................19 Ben Jenkins.............. mwf.com.au Selina Jenkins......................... 20 Micheline Jenner............20, 33, 34 Tammi Jonas.......................... 20 Barry Jones......................... 31, 34 Mojo Juju.............................6, 19 Helen Jukes........................ 21, 35 Soreti Kadir..............................24 Kaiit.......................................19 Leah Kaminsky............... 20, 21, 26 Kon Karapanagiotidis...... 25, 27, 34 Amie Kaufman...............26, 32, 34 Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa........... 6, 17, 27 Odette Kelada..........................47 Paul Kelly................................ 11 Cate Kennedy........... 26, 27, 40, 45 Jessica Kerr.............. mwf.com.au Steve Kilbey........................ 21, 27 Linda Kirkman.........................42 Krissy Kneen.............. 15, 21, 39, 40 Melanie Knight.......... mwf.com.au Isobel Knowles........................ 49 Lee Kofman........................25, 33 Megan Krakouer...................... 40 Sarah Krasnostein............... 41, 45 Anna Krien.........................20, 29 Fred Kroh................. mwf.com.au Sofie Laguna............................ 17 Tessa Laird.............................. 21 Marcia Langton................... 25, 31 Jack Latimore........... mwf.com.au Benjamin Law................ 10, 29, 37 Michelle Law............. 29, 32, 36, 39 LDF Tattoos............................ 26 Hung Le..................................25 Jeanine Leane........... mwf.com.au Bri Lee.............................. 38, 45


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Michele Lee.............................18 Dion Leedham........... mwf.com.au Parshia Lee-Stecum..................27 Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann...26, 29 Kathy Lette.............................. 12 Laurie Levy.............................. 21 Bella Li....................................47 Adam Liaw.................... 20, 26, 41 Kochava Lilit............. mwf.com.au Kate Lilley............................... 17 Louisa Lim...............................47 Ella Loeffler............................. 21 Edgar Lok Tin.......................... 20 Myles Loughran....................... 20 Lian Low................................. 17 Melissa Lucashenko.............20, 37 Judith Lucy.........................37, 40 Nakkiah Lui....................17, 25, 29 Joel Ma...................................19 Elizabeth MacFarlane................47 Brendan Maclean..................... 31 Halcyon Macleod....... mwf.com.au Samantha Maiden................... 29 Fleassy Malay...........................27 Jason Maling............ mwf.com.au Tricia Malowney.......................42 Fablice Manirakiza................ 6, 29 Anne Manne............................25 Robert Manne..........................25 Sonia Marcon............ mwf.com.au David Marr..............................37 Sheree Marris........................... 21 John Marsden..........................27 Tony Martin.............................37 Melinda Martin........................18 Shannon Martinez................... 20 Tariro Mavondo........................27 Thomas May............. mwf.com.au Elizabeth McCarthy................. 40 Jess McGuire........................... 45 William McInnes....................... 21 David McInnis..........................23 Laura Jean McKay.................... 20 Alasdair McLuckie.................... 45 Hollie McNish.......................... 39 Jodie McVernon........................18 George Megalogenis.................32 Miss Blanks..............................19 Libby Moloney..........................42 Ed Moreno.......................... 22, 27 Evelyn Ida Morris..................... 36 Louise Moulton.......... mwf.com.au Sisonke Msimang................. 27, 39 Bob Murphy........................ 27, 32 Fiona Murphy............ mwf.com.au Ron Murray.............................. 21 Omar Musa......................... 9, 25 Brian Nankervis........................27 Yamini Narayanan.................... 21 Mridula Nath Chakraborty.........42 David Neiwert.....................32, 36 Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen.......... 20 Jennifer Nguyen........ mwf.com.au Nadia Niaz............... mwf.com.au Dan Nixon.............................. 48 Michael Nolan........... mwf.com.au Sybil Nolan..............................47 Zoe Norton Lodge................ 27, 45 Emily Nussbaum.................. 31, 39

Joh Nyx.................... mwf.com.au Margaret O’Connor...................42 Tarneen Onus-Williams............ 49 Debra Oswald......................... 40 Celia Pacquola......................... 12 Deepanjana Pal...................26, 36 Zoya Patel......................... 20, 38 Eddie Paterson.........................47 Fiona Patten........................... 39 David Pidd................ mwf.com.au Pikelet and Pumpernickel.......... 21 Angela Pippos..........................32 Rainer Pollard........... mwf.com.au Matt Preston...........................25 Leisa Prowd............................. 15 Alice Pung.......................... 27, 33 Bhakthi Puvanenthiran.......... mwf.com.au Queenie Bon Bon....... mwf.com.au Ben Quilty...............................10 Quippings...............................22 Racerage............................... 20 Randy.....................................22 Jason Rapke........................... 20 Neal Razzell.............. mwf.com.au Aviva Reed............................... 21 Harry Reid............................... 17 Henry Reynolds........................ 31 Leslie Rice.............................. 26 Glenn Richards.........................19 Brian Ritchie............. mwf.com.au David Ritter.............................27 Jamila Rizvi................... 27, 29, 45 Michael Robotham.................. 38 Chris Rodley............................23 Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas................... mwf.com.au Trixi Rosa.................................27 Van T Rudd............................. 48 Sally Rugg.............................. 29 Em Rusciano............................10 Penni Russon...........................47 Samah Sabawi.........................27 John Safran............................. 41 Leigh Sales..............................37 Alexandra Sangster...................42 Jan Sardi.................................37 Rajith Savanadasa..... mwf.com.au Sally Seltmann......................... 31 Dicky Senda.............. mwf.com.au Noam Sendor...........................42 Emily Sexton............. mwf.com.au shOUT choir......................... 6, 45 Dane Simpson........... mwf.com.au Courtney Sina Meredith....... 36, 49 Hayley Singer........................... 21 Alice Skye................................19 Ryan Smedley..........................22 Sophie Smyth...........................22 Tai Snaith.......................... 45, 48 Rob Snarski.............................19 SnowBorne............................. 44 Miranda Sparks......... mwf.com.au Jeff Sparrow........................... 39 Tracey Spicer............................ 13 Ranjana Srivastava.... mwf.com.au Jo Stanley.......................10, 15, 29 Jill Stark................... mwf.com.au Paulie Stewart......................... 29

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Andrew P Street...................26, 27 Yumi Stynes........................26, 32 Jonny Sun........................... 13, 26 Rodney Syme...........................42 Magda Szubanski...................... 8 Will Tait...................................27 Tony Tan................... mwf.com.au Miranda Tapsell........................ 17 John Tesarsch..........................25 TextaQueen........................25, 49 The Boon Companions.......... 6, 24 The Gents........................... 31, 38 Sue Thomas.............................18 Achut Thuc............... mwf.com.au Carrie Tiffany.......................... 20 Omid Tofighian...................33, 38 Debra Tranter........................... 21 Tripod...................... mwf.com.au Christos Tsiolkas...................17, 18 Majok Tulba........................ 27, 38 Maria Tumarkin..................... 7, 10 Saaro Umar.............. mwf.com.au Romy Vager.............................19 Frankie Valentine...................... 15 Jenny Valentish......... mwf.com.au Leena van Deventer................. 49 Ellen van Neerven............18, 20, 21 Chalise van Wyngaardt.............27 Denise Varney..........................23 Saba Vasefi.............................27 Katherena Vermette............25, 39 Andrew W.K.............................. 6 Henry Wagons......................... 21 Robert Walton........... mwf.com.au Ania Walwicz........................... 17 Beverley Wang.........................37 Wāni......................................24 Sally Warhaft...................... 31, 32 Myf Warhurst...................... 31, 36 Khalid Warsame.......................25 Megan Washington.................... 7 Rosie Waterland...................... 29 Robert Watkins........................47 Dani Weber............................. 38 Willoh S Weiland.......................18 Irvine Welsh..........................9, 41 Sean M Whelan......... mwf.com.au Christian White....................... 45 Ainslie Wills.............................19 Mara Wilson...................13, 27, 35 Samantha Winston...................37 Asher Wolf................ mwf.com.au Alexis Wright................. 17, 36, 38 Clare Wright........................... 26 Damien Wright.......... mwf.com.au Mo Wyse................................ 20 William Yang...................... 18, 39 Alice Young.............................. 21 Amelia Young............ mwf.com.au Ashleigh Young...................20, 26 Ward Young............................. 21 Manal Younus..........................24 Han Yujoo.......................... 21, 34 Arnold Zable........................... 38 Sista Zai Zanda.................... 6, 45 Zii........................... mwf.com.au Nevo Zisin.......................... 27, 37


ESSE N T I AL IN FO R MAT I ON

Essential Information Accessibility

Larger Text Program If you’d like a large text version of this program, please contact us on 03 9999 1199 or ticketing@mwf.com.au and we will email or post a copy to you.

MWF is committed to making the Festival accessible for all. We provide a range of accessible services and facilities so that all booklovers have access to the Festival. If you’re buying tickets online, please enter any access requirements when prompted at checkout. Alternatively, call the MWF box office on 03 9999 1199 or email ticketing@mwf.com.au.

MWF is excited to partner with Vision Australia Radio. They will be offering a range of programs that feature book readings plus interviews with some of this year’s most interesting writers.

Service Animals Trained guide, hearing and assistance dogs are welcome at all Festival venues. Wheelchair Access Wheelchair access is available in all Fed Square venues. For details about the easiest entry points, and location of accessible toilets, visit mwf.com.au/accessibility.

Find out more at radio.visionaustralia.org.

How To Book

Companion Card MWF supports and accepts the Companion Card. You can book in person at our box office, by phone on 03 9999 1199, or email ticketing@mwf.com.au. A copy of your valid Companion Card is required.

The easiest way to buy tickets is online at mwf.com.au or through the free MWF App for iOS or Android. Browse the program, purchase tickets, then show your tickets on screen at the door – no printing required!

Assistive Listening Hearing loops are available in Fed Square including the Atrium, Deakin Edge and ACMI. For more information about each venue, visit mwf.com.au/accessibility.

You can also book over the phone or in person at the box office. Phone 03 9999 1199 (10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday)

AUSLAN Interpreters AUSLAN is available by request for any session in the program. Visit mwf.com.au/accessibility to make a request or alternatively call the MWF box office on 03 9999 1199 or email ticketing@mwf.com.au.

Advance box office 20 July – 23 August Level 1, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday)

Low Vision Reserved seating is available for patrons with low vision. When buying tickets online, enter your request when prompted at the checkout, or call 03 9999 1199 to arrange these seats.

Festival box office 24 August – 2 September Atrium Entrance, Fed Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne (9am – 30 minutes after last session commences, daily) Visit mwf.com.au or call 03 9999 1199 for booking terms and conditions.

Event Times Festival events are 60 minutes in duration, unless otherwise stated.

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E SSENT I AL IN FO R M AT I ON

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Venues City ACMI Animal Church at 524 Flinders ArtPlay Athenaeum Theatre Belleville Fed Square Immigration Museum Mayfair Melbourne General Cemetery Melbourne Museum Melbourne Star Mission to Seafarers Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Signal State Library of Victoria The Toff in Town The University of Melbourne The Wheeler Centre

Suburbs Afro Hub Beaumaris Library Belgrave Library Brighton Library Camberwell Library Cheltenham Library Clayton Library Dandenong Library Doncaster Library Flemington Library Footscray Community Arts Centre Frankston Library Geelong Library and Heritage Centre Linden New Art Newport Community Hub Noisy Ritual Realm (Ringwood Library) Sam Merrifield Library St Kilda Library STARWARD Distillery Thornbury Theatre Victorian Archives Centre Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre

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T H A N KS

Thanks Festival Supporters

Melbourne Writers Festival Board

Afro Hub Ancestry.com.au APRA AMCOS Australian Republic Movement British Council Cinema Nova City of Greater Dandenong Evan Evans Faber Writing Academy Footscray Community Arts Centre Hargreaves Hill Brewing Co. Immigration Museum Milligram Moleskine Monash University Noisy Ritual Urban Winery PEN Melbourne Public Record Office Victoria Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust STARWARD Distillery The Melbourne Gin Company The Wheeler Centre WrICE

John Jerome Myers (Chair) Jayne Dullard (Vice Chair) Fahim Ahad (Treasurer) Jill Campbell (Secretary) Phillip Benedetti Karen Monaghan Jamila Rizvi Bob Sessions AM Jane Smith Michael Webster

Patrons

Sweet Creative

Special Thanks Our very special thanks go to CPR Communications & Public Relations; Festival videographer Alessandro Frosali and photographer Timothy Herbert; John Paxinos and Associates; the MWF Programming and Schools’ Programming Advisory Committees; our Audience Advocates; plus each and every one of the wonderful staff and volunteers who are essential to the success of the Festival.

Creative direction and design

Maria & Allan J Myers QC AC The Hart Line Fund attributed to the Australian Communities Foundation

MWF makes every effort to ensure that all details are correct at time of printing. Any unforeseen late program changes will be listed on our website and ticketholders will be notified via email.

Ambassadors John Jerome Myers Maureen & Tony Wheeler

Champions BB & A Miller Fund attributed to the Australian Communities Foundation

Support Us

Leg Up Foundation

MWF is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to producing Victoria’s premier, annual literary event. Ongoing support is vital to ensure MWF continues to deliver excellent programming and offer free entry to at least a quarter of Festival events.

Dr George & Rosa Morstyn

Guardians Venessa Ahad Phillip Benedetti Ann & Michael Cohn Irene Kearsey Bernard Marin Mark Rubbo OAM

Donate now mwf.com.au/join-us/donate

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