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Contents 3 Welcome 4 Opening Night 5 Closing Night 6 Highlights 11 Festival Bar 14 The Wedding Chapel 15 The Divorce Court 21 Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival 25 Queermotions 26 Duets 28 YA Day 32 A Day of Romance 35 Graphic Art Day 40 Workshops and Masterclasses 44 Book Club 46 Family Day 48 Local Libraries 50 Artist Index Festival Planner

Acknowledgement of Country 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 our respects to Elders past and present, and to Elders of all communities and cultures in this International Year of Indigenous Languages.

When We Talk About Love The overarching theme of MWF19, When We Talk About Love, is derived from What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, the title of a 1981 collection of short stories by American writer Raymond Carver. We thank the Raymond Carver Estate for generously permitting us to use the title within this year’s Festival. Cover image: We also thank Sweet Creative for their inspired interpretation of the theme.

Literary Precinct This year we are delighted to be hosting MWF sessions at multiple venues within walking distance of Melbourne’s iconic State Library Victoria. See the MWF19 Festival Planner for our precinct map.

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Welcome Message from MWF’s Artistic Director It is said that love conquers all, but the all-consuming emotional state we call ‘love’ is capable of so much more than that. It stirs our creative spirits, brings us to our knees, inspires songs and sonnets and paintings and volumes, and breaks us into tiny pieces and glues us back together again with gold adhesive. At this year’s Festival, we’ve invited a broad spectrum of authors, journalists, playwrights, poets, songwriters and artists to share their passions. There will be stories of resilience, of heartbreak and letting go, of family and bodies and home. We will find ourselves reflected back in words and on the page, understanding that this shared experience of being alive can ultimately be utilised as a powerful connection. I’m a lover not a fighter; this was always going to happen. At MWF19 we hope you hear words and stories that heal you, move you, make you want to rise up and grow closer to your fellow humans. Most of all, of course, we hope you listen to your heart. It’s trying to tell you something important. Marieke Hardy Artistic Director

Message from the Minister for Creative Industries This year, Melbourne Writers Festival goes straight to the heart with an exciting line-up of writers and thinkers tackling the theme of love. For the first time the Festival will be based in and around State Library Victoria – one of our most beloved public institutions. Hearts are set to race here in the creative state. Martin Foley Minister for Creative Industries

Message from the Lord Mayor of Melbourne The City of Melbourne is delighted to once again support Melbourne Writers Festival; this stimulating Festival is an integral part of our UNESCO City of Literature. Melbourne is renowned as a creative city, where talent is nurtured and diverse voices are heard. What a fine opportunity Melbourne Writers Festival brings for literature lovers to celebrate words in all their ways. Sally Capp Lord Mayor 3


OPENING NIGHT First Hello W HE N

Fri 30 Aug, 8pm (2 hours)

State Library Victoria, Redmond Barry Reading Room

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MWF19 swoons into the arms of Melbourne with its opening night gala, where three heart-connected pairs tell stories of their first hello. Join comedian Kitty Flanagan and her younger sister, author and musician Penny Flanagan, globally celebrated children’s book writers and real life partners Andy and Jill Griffiths, and poet Omar Sakr with his fiancée, blogger Hannah Donnelly. Followed by heartsploding love songs DJ’d by sex-clown Betty Grumble, while magic-makers The Boon Companions deliver secret romantic missives. 4


CLOSING NIGHT Last Goodbye W HE N

Sun 8 Sep, 7pm (90 min)

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RMIT Storey Hall

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Parting is such sweet sorrow. It’s time to bid farewell to MWF19 with one final night of readings and performance, courtesy of four brilliant artists each reading a piece about their own ‘last goodbye’ – to a place, a person, a memory. Featuring reflections on letting go by Sloane Crosley, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Val McDermid, Drew Hayden Taylor and a live music performance by Thando before we raise our glasses one last time. Supported by Noisy Ritual Drew Hayden Taylor supported by the Government of Canada

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Kim Gordon: In Conversation W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 4pm V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $45/$35

Kim Gordon, one of the most important figures in rock music of the last three decades, is a co-founder of Sonic Youth and one half of guitar duo Body/Head. In addition to her music career, she has received international acclaim for her work as a visual artist, writer, actress, and designer. In this MWF showcase, she speaks with Fee B-Squared about her storied career. Supported by 3RRR 102.7FM

Ben Folds: About Lightning Bugs W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 8pm V EN UE Athenaeum Theatre TIC K E TS $45/$35

Regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation, American singer-songwriter and producer Ben Folds has toured the world with his patented brand of heart-pop. He’s now penned an extraordinary memoir and will be in conversation with Charlie Pickering about the influencers who changed his life, as well as playing live the songs that shaped him. Supported by The Melbourne Gin Company

Helen Clark: Women, Equality, Power W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 4pm V EN UE RMIT Storey Hall TIC K E TS $45/$35

The selected speeches of inspirational leader Helen Clark, who continues to work for change, provide a call to action for other female leaders in positions of political, economic or social power. Drawing on a career spanning four decades – as the prime minister of New Zealand from 1999–2008, then a leading voice at the UN – she talks to State Library Victoria CEO Kate Torney in this rallying cry for the empowerment of women. Presented in partnership with The Australia Institute

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DeRay Mckesson: On the Other Side of Freedom W HE N Tue 3 Sep, 7pm V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $35/$25

Civil rights activist and author DeRay Mckesson is one of the leading voices in the Black Lives Matter movement, and his new book reflects not only on his own journey to activism, but how the nature of the world is changing. He speaks to Benjamin Law about millennial activism, the power of politics translated through social media and why it’s so important to keep hope alive.

Jane Caro: Accidental Feminists W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 7pm V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $35/$25

‘Women over 55 are of the generation that changed everything. We didn’t expect to. Or intend to.’ Writer and prominent feminist Jane Caro’s book explores the trailblazing feminists of her generation – those whose lived experience and determination paved the way for future women. She celebrates wild political victories of the past and pays tribute to the women who made them happen. With Denise Scott. Supported by The Melbourne Gin Company

Tayari Jones: An American Marriage W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 4pm V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $35/$25

Winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction and a 2018 Oprah Book Club pick, An American Marriage has been widely lauded for its complex portrayal of love interrupted. Author Tayari Jones discusses her compelling work, musing on how chance and injustice can break us apart, and the emotional determination it takes to move forward. With Eve L Ewing.

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The Fifth Estate: Antisemitism W HE N Mon 2 Sep, 6pm V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $45/$35

The past decade has seen an alarming rise in antisemitic sentiment the world over, from violent attacks on synagogues by far-right extremists to the growing concern of hostile tolerance towards Jews in left-liberal circles. Australian scholar Dvir Abramovich and acclaimed historian Deborah Lipstadt speak with Sally Warhaft about this growing tide, and what can be done to end it. Supported by the Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Jewish Book Week

Bodies for Sale W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 11.30am V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $35/$25

Mexican author Emiliano Monge and American-Filipino novelist Joanne Ramos both explore the concept of human trafficking and the body as a commodity. While Monge’s Among the Lost interrogates the terror and despair of the migrant border experience, Ramos’ The Farm explores the ‘fertility economy’ and the story of a young Filipino immigrant who agrees to rent out her womb. These esteemed authors explore the politics of the body. With Chandani Lokuge. Emiliano Monge supported by the Embassy of Mexico in Australia and the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID)

Fall of the Prince W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 10am V EN UE RMIT Storey Hall TIC K E TS $35/$25

Louise Milligan knows the Pell case well: she won the prestigious Gold Quill for her coverage, and her book Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell – infamously removed from Victorian bookshelves during Pell’s trial – was awarded the 2017 Walkley Book Award. She speaks with The Saturday Paper’s Martin McKenzie-Murray about the long and emotional journey from breaking story to conviction.

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Sloane Crosley: Look Alive Out There W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 2.30pm V EN UE RMIT Storey Hall TIC K E TS $35/$25

New York Times bestselling essayist Sloane Crosley has been described as ‘making profound art out of awkwardness’. Her debut collection, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, was a finalist for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her new work, Look Alive Out There, features everything from warring with her neighbour’s impossibly cool teenage children to mountain climbing in Ecuador. She speaks with Tamara Zimet.

Eve L Ewing: Ironheart W HE N Wed 4 Sep, 7pm V EN UE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room TIC K E TS $35/$25

Marvel’s Ironheart series chronicles the story of Riri Williams, a teenage prodigy who uses the technology behind Tony Stark’s iconic Iron Man to engineer her own super suit. Sami Shah speaks with the series’ writer, Eve L Ewing, about what it’s like working within the famed superhero stable and how she combines the power represented by ‘iron’ with the moral compass represented by ‘heart’.

For the Love of Crime W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 2.30pm V EN UE RMIT Storey Hall TIC K E TS $35/$25

A commitment to a life of crime (writing) might seem like the perfect job, but it’s not all plot twists and shiny daggers. Three giants in the genre – Scottish icon Val McDermid and award-winning Australian greats Mark Brandi and Christian White – come clean about the trials and tribulations of a life devoted to the wrong side of the law. With Jason Steger.

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Photographer: Guido Melo

Assistant: Sara Menezes

Stylist: Celeste Chidichimo

Maxine Beneba Clarke Poet Under Pressure / Deadline Queen / Fashionista / Household Alarm Clock / Creative Victorian Maxine is the celebrated author of eight books, spanning memoir, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She is Poet Laureate of The Saturday Paper. See Maxine at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. Creative Victoria proudly supports the festival and creative Victorians, see how at creative.vic.gov.au


Festival Bar OPENING HOURS

Mon to Fri 9am–late Sat 10am–late Sun 10am–5pm

MWF at The Moat

Happy hour prices with your same day MWF ticket

Coffee and Conversation TIC K E TS Free

What better way to start your day than a coffee date at The Moat with creative coaches and commentators? See page 28 for YA’ll for Brunch as part of YA Day

Letters for Loneliness W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 10am

Creativity and empathy coach Melanie Knight has been connecting word and art lovers through her Dead Letter Club project for years. Here, she’ll be guiding audiences to explore literary letter play and asking them to pen missives that tap into their deepest subconscious.

Why do Fools Fall in Love? W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 10am

We know that falling in love releases waves of delicious chemicals into our systems, but how much do we understand the science behind the process – and are songwriters telling us the truth? Khandis Blake and Mark Elgar speak to Dave Graney.

Fixing the Headlines WH EN Sat 7 Sep, 10am

Journalist Jane Gilmore’s #FixedIt social media project began to redress the balance in reporting violence and sexual assault against women, and has developed into a book. Gilmore dissects the morning’s news headlines and discusses how we can do better. With Catherine Deveny.

Alone Doesn’t Have to Mean Lonely W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 10am

Journalist Madeleine Dore’s Extraordinary Routines project has given thousands of artists an insight into how a creative day might be structured – but she’s also interested in how we tackle loneliness. Dore speaks to Fiona Patten about the deep joy that can come from solo time.

Take It From Me WHEN Sat 31 Aug, 9.30pm (45 min) Will Kostakis and Sally Rugg WHEN Fri 6 Sep, 9.30pm (45 min) Sacha Horler and Yumi Stynes WHEN Sat 7 Sep, 9.30pm (45 min) Bella Green and Ronnie Scott T ICKETS $25 (includes an espresso martini or selected glass of wine)

Host and dispenser of sexy advice Jess McGuire will bring together two wise and attractive panellists to solve your love conundrums. Those who wish to participate may anonymously submit their queries online. Those who don’t may drink and be quietly judgmental. Supported by the Wheeler Centre

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AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVE

Museum of Broken Relationships W HE N Sun 1 Sep – Sun 29 Sep, Tue – Fri 12–6pm, Sat & Sun 12–5pm Exhibition opening Sat 31 Aug, 6–8pm V EN UE No Vacancy Gallery TIC K E TS Free

In an Australian first, Croatia’s Museum of Broken Relationships, lauded as one of Europe’s most daring collections, will bring an innovative visual art and true-story experience to our shores for a month-long exhibition. Showcasing local stories and pieces from the permanent collections in Zagreb and Los Angeles, this special exhibition offers a temple of heartbreak and healing. Made possible by the generous support of John Jerome Myers and the Croatian Community of Melbourne

Curators in Conversation W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 1pm

Image: An ex-axe

V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre TIC K E TS $25/$19

Split

After the end of their four-year relationship, Croatian artists Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić began the Museum of Broken Relationships, exploring love and letting go. The masterminds behind this awardwinning work discuss their journey and the staggering stories shared by contributors. With Honor Eastly.

W I TH AS Patrić Sun 1 Sep, 2pm W I TH Fiona Wright Thu 5 Sep, 6pm VE NUE No Vacancy Gallery TI CKE TS Free, bookings required

Writer Lee Kofman’s new essay collection, Split, features powerful personal stories about significant emotional endings and their aftermath. Join Kofman and authors from the book, AS Patrić and Fiona Wright as they discuss heartbreak in these insightful talks.

Image: A can of love incense

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Hen’s Night with The Kates W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 6.30pm V EN UE The Toff in Town TIC K E TS $35/$25

Get loose with comedy goddesses Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan as they host their own hen’s night. Featuring a line-up of performers, comedians, music, c*ck-sucking cowboys (the drink, we think), and one lucky hen, this party will be a night to remember – and then instantly forget the next morning.

Yumi Stynes’ Wedding Reception W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 6pm V EN UE RMIT Storey Hall TIC K E TS $35/$25

In 2018, MWF celebrated the adored Magda Szubanski by staging her funeral. In 2019, we’re going next level by celebrating the mock wedding reception of Yumi Stynes. Join us for an evening of wedding speeches and toasts to one of our favourite people in a night of surprise guests and big love. Formal attire optional.

Teenage Heartthrobs W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 11.30am V EN UE RMIT Storey Hall TIC K E TS $35/$25

What did those snake-hipped, doe-eyed pin-ups we stuck to our bedroom walls in the heady days of adolescence – the rock stars, sitcom leads, sporting heroes – teach us about ourselves, our sexuality, our identity, our future lovers? Four artists gather to confess their once-secret teen passions, from film and TV, music and literature. Featuring Sloane Crosley, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Yumi Stynes and Myf Warhurst. Supported by ABC Radio Melbourne

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Image: Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne


The Wedding Chapel V EN UE The Toff in Town TIC K E TS $25/$19

Throw yourself into all the passion, romance, sex and heat of new love and fresh commitment with themed talks and performances celebrating the first flush of feeling. Marry Your Friends W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 11.30am

The best of friends really are with you through richer and poorer, in sickness and in health. So how would you like to make it official and put a ring on your BFF’s finger? Love goddess Emilie Zoey Baker will be conducting a mass friendship commitment ceremony. Marry one, two, or all of them at once.

The Language of Flowers W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 1pm

The role of flowers in the world of romantic gesture may run deeper than we think. Florist Melanie Stapleton from Cecilia Fox uncovers the secrets behind the flora we thought we knew, followed by a bouquet-making workshop.

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Confetti Freedom

WH EN Sat 31 Aug, 2.30pm

W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 1pm

Four artists respond to the challenge: present a piece that’s old, new, borrowed or blue. Join host Emilie Zoey Baker as she draws literary magic and live readings from Manisha Anjali, Moreno Giovannoni, and Chloe Hooper celebrating romance and heartbreak.

Author David Francis talks about celebrating letting go and selflove before inviting the audience to make their own confetti from old love missives bought along – or something written on the spot – to help moving on. Confetti making guided by The Boon Companions.

Mia Muse W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 2.30pm

It’s Been a Pleasure WH EN Sat 31 Aug, 4pm

Why are we so shy about exploring the importance of sex toys in our emotional narrative? Archer Magazine’s Amy Middleton speaks with sexologist Vanessa Muradian and activist Nevo Zisin for a hands-on look at how the right toys can help us understand more about our desires.

I Do’s and I Don’ts

Yogi, sexologist and founder of the women-centric sex and wellness business Mia Muse, Vanessa Muradian has been in the pleasure industry for a decade. She brings her wisdom and expertise to those curious on finding deeper connections with their intimate partners.

Stripped Queers Reading W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 4pm

Hosted by Frankie Valentine, Stripped Queers Reading is an afternoon of queer literature and original written works. Baring our bodies and brains, four artists will take to the stage, strip naked and read aloud to our audience. Adults Only.

WH EN Sun 1 Sep, 11.30am

Fancy writing your own wedding vows? Celebrants have heard them all, from ‘you complete me’ to ‘hell yeah’. Wedding conduit Sean M Whelan workshops the best and worst, with live performances of the contenders for rock bottom by Anne Edmonds and Nath Valvo.

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Explore Hen’s Night with The Kates on page 13


The Divorce Court V EN UE The Toff in Town TIC K E TS $25/$19

A space of making peace, letting go and sometimes giving the past a solid kick out the door. How to Have a Friendly Divorce

Making it Funny

Eating Your Feelings

WH EN Sat 7 Sep, 4pm

W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 1pm

W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 11.30am

One of the gifts comedians have is turning our bitter moments of raw pain into comedy gold. Join Geraldine Hickey, Lawrence Leung, Urvi Majumdar and Kirsty Webeck as they perform and discuss standup material that has originated from a time of emotional hell.

Artist, photographer and cookbook author Kate Berry sits down with writer of Bad Yogi Alice Williams to talk about the connection between food and our hearts – how we can utilise nourishment for healing, as well as navigate our changing tastes. With MasterChef alumna Alice Zaslavsky.

What does it look like when you can legally part ways in a mutually respectful and kind manner with someone you once deeply loved? Financial advisor Helen Baker and divorce lawyer Marguerite Picard speak with Catherine Deveny about their experience.

More Than a Whelan: Sad is Rad

Saying No W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 1pm

Four people who have said ‘no’ to the added expectations placed on love from culture, community, family and religion discuss the challenges. With Sushi Das, (Deranged Marriage), Hares & Hyenas co-founder Crusader Hillis, gay Imam Nur Warsame and polyamorous advocate Nevo Zisin.

I Don’t Want You Back W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 2.30pm

While it’s healthy to stay friends with some ex-lovers, there are others who should never darken your door again. Four survivors read a piece drawing a line between them and a toxic former experience. Featuring Aretha Brown, Sacha Horler, Osamah Sami and Maria Tumarkin.

W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 2.30pm

Miles and Simone: Endings WH EN Sat 7 Sep, 7.30pm

Country music duo Miles and Simone are renowned for ‘lonesome seaside lullabies and heartbreaker ballads’. They bring their lovelorn crooning to a special performance at MWF’s Divorce Court – singing melodies of hurt, regret, loneliness and remorse.

‘Til Death Do Us Part WH EN Sun 8 Sep, 11.30am

Learning to love fully isn’t always about holding on – sometimes the greatest lessons involve knowing when to let go. Four artists read new pieces about their own personal clinging-and-release journey. Join Manisha Anjali, Andrea Goldsmith, Jessie Lloyd and Mandy Ord.

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A live podcast of More Than a Whelan, exploring the gentle art of being melancholic through poetry, music, comedy and conversation. Melancholy gets bad press, but sometimes it’s OK to bathe in that golden glow. With Sean M Whelan and guests.

The Mass of Lament W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 4pm

It’s one thing to invite your friends and family to watch you walk down the aisle, but where’s the pomp when a relationship ends? Why can’t those saying goodbye get a little ceremony too? Join breakup celebrant Casey Bennetto for a raucous ‘letting go’ service.


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The Pleasure of Guilty W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 10am V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $35/$25

How socially acceptable is it for intelligent, careerfocused people to confess to being diehard fans of lowbrow rom-coms? State Library Victoria CEO Kate Torney comes clean, along with ABC journalists Virginia Trioli and Paul Kennedy, as they talk to Michael Williams about their own guiltless romantic pop culture pleasures.

Watching Them Grow: From Page to Screen W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 1pm V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $35/$25

After spending months and sometimes years gestating a novel, what does it feel like to see it transformed into something new on the screen? Novelists Becky Albertalli (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda), Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi) and Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap) speak about the emotional tumult and letting go involved in adaptation. With Angela Savage.

Don Walker: Songs W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 2.30pm V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $35/$25

One of the nation’s greatest songwriters, Cold Chisel’s Don Walker has penned some of Australia’s most epic rock anthems. He discusses his latest book Songs with Paul Kelly, sharing the inspirations behind some of this country’s most gargantuan classic hits and what makes his musical heart beat.

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Love in the Age of Reality TV W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 4pm V EN UE The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space TIC K E TS $25/$19

What is it that makes otherwise rational people jump on the bandwagon of reality romance TV and want to marry a stranger? Clementine Ford, Meriki Onus and Michael Rowland ask: what do the popular commercial formats tell us about our hopes and hearts? With Sami Shah.

With Love, Me W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 1pm V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $35/$25

What was the something or someone who changed the way you love and see the world? Was it a song, a moment, a person, the hint of a scent? Four artists write a tribute to one of their personal magical shifts, celebrating life’s sudden U-turns and the occasionally shocking changes in direction for our hearts. Featuring Jax Jacki Brown, Jane Caro, Samia Khatun and Omar Sakr.

Dear Prudence: Live W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 11.30am V EN UE RMIT Storey Hall TIC K E TS $35/$25

American online magazine Slate’s hugely popular podcast Dear Prudence sees host – writer Daniel Mallory Ortberg – honestly but compassionately respond to a collection of curly questions about relationships. He has given advice on everything from addiction to consent to ghosting to transitioning and more. In his Australian debut, Ortberg interviews Virginia Trioli about the complex quandaries that both hurt and heal our hearts.

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Stan Grant: Who Are We? W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 1pm V EN UE RMIT Storey Hall TIC K E TS $35/$25

Journalist, commentator and bestselling author Stan Grant is asking important questions to the nation about identity, tribalism and sectarianism. His new book, Australia Day, explores reconciliation and the Indigenous struggle for belonging. He is in conversation with George Megalogenis about what it means to be Australian and the ways we can reflect on our shared past while finding a path forward together.

Labour of Love W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 11.30am V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $35/$25

Putting oneself on the line as an activist can be costly – not only in terms of career, family and romantic relationships, but emotional and mental health. So what does it feel like for those who have publicly gone into battle? Youth activist and poet Aretha Brown, HIV activist Nic Holas, ex-Greens MP Scott Ludlam and former race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane talk about how best to survive in the fray. Supported by the Australian Communities Foundation

Patrick deWitt: On Self-Immolation W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 4pm V EN UE RMIT Storey Hall TIC K E TS $35/$25

Revered Canadian novelist Patrick deWitt’s latest book, French Exit, has been described as a ‘tragedy of manners – telling the tale of a dysfunctional mother-son duo who flee to Paris, swathed in fabulous eccentricities’. DeWitt sits down with Michael Williams to discuss the art of creative disappearance and where he draws on the magic that permeates his wildly diverse body of work.

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Richard Flanagan: You Win Some, You Lose Some W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 8pm V EN UE RMIT Storey Hall TIC K E TS $45/$35

Booker prize–winning novelist Richard Flanagan has had a compelling life, producing lauded work in literature, film and journalism. But by his own admission he never viewed it in terms of success or failure. ‘I saw winning (the Booker) as good luck. I enjoyed it but I didn’t take it too seriously’. He reflects on the vast body of his work, how he almost gave up writing after his first novel initially failed, and muses on future projects. With Toni Jordan.

The Power and the Passion W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 10am V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $35/$25

Australian politics isn’t renowned for being sexy, so when scandals such as Barnaby Joyce impregnating a staffer or Andrew Broad using the term ‘g’day’ as a seduction tool spring into public consciousness, we are a thirsty crowd. ABC Fact Check’s Sushi Das, The Saturday Paper’s editor-in-chief Erik Jensen, leader of Reason Australia and Victorian state MP Fiona Patten and political journalist Niki Savva speak about sex scandals through history. With Jamila Rizvi.

Ben Quilty: Reckoning W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 2.30pm V EN UE The Capitol TIC K E TS $35/$25

Described as ‘one of the anointed saints of contemporary Australian art’, painter and activist Ben Quilty launched his solo survey exhibition, Quilty, at the Art Gallery of South Australia and will tour it nationally. The stunning self-titled book accompanying the exhibition documents his broad and brilliant career and the tribulations and emotional challenges behind the scenes. He sits down to talk with his friend Lex Lasry.

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When We Talk About…

Bodies W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 1pm VE NUE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

TIC K E TS $25/$19

A series of unique pieces written and read specifically for MWF on topics close to the heart. Motherhood

Home

W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 4pm

WH EN Sat 31 Aug, 7pm

V EN UE State Library Victoria,

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Village Roadshow Theatrette

Village Roadshow Theatrette

Four women share raw revelations about their experiences whiteknuckling through the emotional landscape of parenting. Hosted by journalist and activist Clementine Ford, this diamond MWF event investigates motherhood through a lens of disaster and survival. With Joanne Ramos, Nicola Redhouse and Alice Robinson.

‘Home’ is a word that can mean many things – a place, a feeling, a sense of anchoring to the world. Cli-fi aficionado Hannah Donnelly, Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization founder Habiburahman, award-winning writer Alice Pung and author Carrie Tiffany allow us inside their hearts to see theirs.

Imagine Me and You

‘The human body is the best work of art’, wrote Jess C Scott. We critique our own, scrutinise others, but how often do we reflect on the temple that houses our souls? Featuring Krissy Kneen, Jack Latimore, Caro Llewellyn and Rita Therese.

Family W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 4pm VE NUE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

‘Family’ often means much more than blood ties – it can refer to our comrades-in-arms, our chosen heart squad, our community, our neighbourhood. Carly Findlay, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Mandy Ord and Corey White explain what this big, complicated word means to them.

TIC K E TS $25/$19

These discussions focus on the bonds that forge through work and love, and the ways we make each other stronger.

Andrew Daddo & Alex Papps

Bob Brown & Paul Thomas

Harry James Angus & Emily Lubitz

W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 5.30pm

WH EN Sat 7 Sep, 2.30pm

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V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

VE NUE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

Activist, environmentalist and former leader of the Greens, Bob Brown has been with his partner, photographer Paul Thomas, for 23 years. Now ‘green nomads’ since Bob’s retirement from Canberra, they discuss resilience, love and the environment.

Harry James Angus is one of the lead musicians in The Cat Empire. His wife, Emily Lubitz of band Tinpan Orange, is also a singer-songwriter. They have three children. How do they juggle their artistic careers with nurturing their family and each other?

How does it feel to revisit the working relationships of your youth, decades on? Once co-hosts of ABC TV’s classic 1980s Saturday morning music program The Factory, children’s author Andrew Daddo and Play School star Alex Papps sit down to talk memory and mayhem.

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Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival

B V EN UE The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space TIC K E TS Free

MWF and Blak & Bright present a series of events celebrating our First Nations and their stories. An MWF community partnership supported by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Change the Date?: A Hypothetical

Treaty, Yeah

W HE N Thu 5 Sep, 6pm

Victoria is embarking on a Treaty process – the first state to do so. How do writers from other states respond, in a creative way, to the idea of a Treaty? Some of the most lyrical and expressive poets and writers pen their responses. With Evelyn Araluen Corr, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Uncle Jim Everett and Ellen van Neerven, hosted by Lidia Thorpe.

Blaktivists vs Blakademics argue the toss. Should Australia Day happen on 26 January – or not – and why? It’s a serious topic with a dollop of Blak humour. With Nayuka Gorrie, Yvette Holt, Liza-Mare Syron, Jason Tamiru and host Gregory Phillips.

Festival Opening: Read a Blak Book Lately?

WH EN Sat 7 Sep, 7.30pm

W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 6.30pm

Following an official Welcome to Country with ceremonial song and speeches to open the second Blak & Bright Festival, hosts Daniel Browning and Evelyn Araluen Corr discuss and review some of the latest, and some of the greatest, Blak books. Hear excerpts and, if you’re lucky, glimpse an author or two.

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Nocturnal: Blak & Bright x MWF W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 7pm VE NUE Melbourne Museum TI CKE TS $37/$32

Blak & Bright Festival and MWF team up with Melbourne Museum to present a special Nocturnal event. You’re invited to get loose amongst the exhibits while celebrating fresh First Nations beats and bards. Featuring a full set from hip hop hard-hitter Birdz, interdisciplinary artist DRMNGNOW, and electrotribal pop duo The Merindas. Dance floor mesmerist Soju Gang and DJ KYAANZ will spin tunes throughout the night to fill the spaces in between.


For the Love of Home and Culture Writers Across Borders W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 9.30am (90 min)

Emiliano Monge: Among the Lost

V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

WH EN Sat 31 Aug, 2.30pm

TIC K E TS Free

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

Writers hailing from six countries celebrate craft, culture, and the passions that drive their work in this performance and conversation special. Following, the new anthology will be launched by Ali Cobby Eckermann, Melissa Lucashenko, Christos Tsiolkas and more. Supported by WrICE

Claire G Coleman: The Old Lie W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 11.30am V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette TIC K E TS $25/$19

Noongar author Claire G Coleman (Terra Nullius) discusses her new novel The Old Lie and asks the essential question: what have we learned from the past? And if we don’t listen carefully to those who came before, are we doomed to repeat it?

Arab, Australian, Other W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 1pm V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette TIC K E TS $25/$19

T ICKETS $25/$19

Mexican novelist Emiliano Monge’s new work, Among the Lost, is a complicated story of love, betrayal and compassion. He talks with Alejandro Del Castillo about the humanitarian crisis near his hometown, and what it is to document the migrant experience through Tarantino-styled violence. Supported by the Embassy of Mexico in Australia and the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID)

The Fifth Estate: The Future of Indonesia WH EN Sat 31 Aug, 2.30pm V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre T ICKETS $25/$19

Jakarta-based commentator Andreas Harsono and celebrated Indonesian poet Norman Erikson Pasaribu speak with Sally Warhaft about the critical social and political complexities facing the country, and the challenges they face in navigating them. Supported by the Wheeler Centre Andreas Harsono is supported by Human Rights Watch and Monash University Publishing

Human rights activist and author Randa Abdel-Fattah and refugee advocate and poet Sara Saleh are co-editors of the important new anthology Arab, Australian, Other. They talk about their work in the community and how essential it is for ArabAustralian voices to be amplified.

Tony Birch: The White Girl W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 2.30pm VE NUE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette TI CKE TS $25/$19

Tony Birch discusses his new novel, The White Girl, the post-war story of an Aboriginal matriarch living under the Aborigines Act. He talks with Melissa Lucashenko about the emotional precariousness of Indigenous Australians at the time, and the lengths we go to protect our family.

Samia Khatun: Australianama W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 4pm VE NUE RMIT Kaleide Theatre TI CKE TS $25/$19

Historian Samia Khatun has studied the British imperial world for years, focusing on the experiences of colonised peoples in South Asia and Australia. Her evocative new book, Australianama, challenges the colonial myth of European knowledge traditions as superior. She discusses the importance of language and stories as a source of transformation. With Ali Cobby Eckermann.

Celebrating Victorian Writers W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 10am VE NUE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette TI CKE TS $25/$19

Currently in its 30th year, Writers Victoria is the busiest writers centre in the country, supporting the careers of countless writers. They bring together four greats – Melanie Cheng, Andy Jackson, Angela Savage and Christos Tsiolkas – reading work produced in our own backyard. Supported by Writers Victoria

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Sasha Marianna Salzmann: Beside Myself

Love & Melbourne

W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 10am

V EN UE The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre TIC K E TS $25/$19

German playwright, essayist and author Sasha Marianna Salzmann’s novel Beside Myself explores family, love and the enigma of identity. She speaks about belonging, the politics of gender and what we mean when we talk about home. With author Krissy Kneen.

WH EN Wed 4 Sep, 5.30pm

T ICKETS Free, bookings required

As part of our annual storytelling competition, Study Melbourne and MWF invited international students to reflect on what they have loved about their time in Victoria. Join us as we announce this year’s competition winners, followed by drinks and nibbles.

Andrea Goldsmith: Invented Lives W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 10am VE NUE RMIT Kaleide Theatre TI CKE TS $25/$19

Award-winning writer and novelist Andrea Goldsmith discusses her latest novel, Invented Lives, a story of love and exile from country, home and self. Goldsmith speaks with her dear friend, MWF’s artistic director Marieke Hardy, about love, family and belonging.

Supported by Study Melbourne

Reckoning with the Past

Ruby Hamad: White Tears/Brown Scars

WH EN Fri 6 Sep, 2.30pm

W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 1pm

V EN UE State Library Victoria,

W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 11.30am

Village Roadshow Theatrette

VE NUE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

T ICKETS $25/$19

TI CKE TS $25/$19

TIC K E TS $25/$19

Future D Fidel’s Prize Fighter is based on his childhood experience of escaping war in DRC, while Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Kintu examines Ugandan history via the story of a cursed family. They discuss the importance of the past in our emotional truth. With Sista Zai Zanda.

White Tears/Brown Scars deconstructs archetypes including ‘damsel in distress’ and ‘angry brown woman’ to interrogate how race privilege allows white women to position women of colour as aggressors in times of conflict. Ruby Hamad, discusses her searing debut with Amal Awad.

The Particular is the Universal

Lives in Exile

Supported by the Goethe-Institut

Tishani Doshi: Small Days and Nights

Described as ‘one of the world’s best poets’ by American writer Gary Shteyngart, Indian artist Tishani Doshi is in conversation with academic Mridula Nath Chakraborty about her book, Small Days and Nights – a funny, surprising and heartbreaking story of transformation.

Beloved: Intimate Verses W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 7pm

WH EN Fri 6 Sep, 5.30pm (90 min)

W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 1pm

V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

VE NUE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Village Roadshow Theatrette

T ICKETS Free

TI CKE TS $25/$19

TIC K E TS $25/$19

How do cultural collaborations help writers transcend the particular into the universal? This experiment in empathy is the result of an intercultural collaboration between writing students from RMIT and emerging voices from Singapore. Join them for a shared performance.

For survivors who flee fascist regimes, facing new forms of guardianship and authoritarianism can be a monumental undertaking. Two exiled Iranian women who survived detention on Nauru explore the nature of love and identify the meaning of hate. With Ben Doherty and Saba Vasefi.

V EN UE State Library Victoria,

Early Islamic poetry by the likes of Rumi and Hafiz symbolised God and earthly lovers. Today’s Muslim storytellers are still celebrating romance and heartbreak. Join Hella Ibrahim, Magan Magan, Omar Sakr, Sara Saleh and Khalid Warsame as they bring intimate verses to life.

Supported by RMIT University

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Queermotions

Marriage Equality and Other Surprises

All the queer, all the feels. These conversations looks at six emotional states – anger, fear, disgust, happiness, sadness, surprise – through an LGBTIQ+ lens. TIC K E TS $25/$19

Anger and Justice W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 10am V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Anger has played an important role in queer liberation, from the Stonewall riots to the HIV/ AIDS crisis, transgender rights and marriage equality. Roj Amedi, Nayuka Gorrie and DeRay Mckesson discuss the importance of anger in fighting injustice. With Eleanor Jackson.

Tales for Sad and Weary Hearts

VE NUE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

From Stonewall to marriage equality, Quinn Eades, Val McDermid and Peter WaplesCrowe discuss the highs and lows in queer liberation over the last few decades, and what surprises we’re yet to see. With Daniel Santangeli.

WH EN Sat 31 Aug, 7pm V EN UE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

Enter a realm where sadness is kept at bay and happiness held aloft. Jay Bernard, Nayuka Gorrie, David Francis and Jess McGuire will share a story from their golden hearts guaranteed to make you leave giddy and smiling. With music from Mama Alto.

Happily Ever After? W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 11.30am V EN UE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

With same-sex marriage enshrined in law, it appears queer people can have it all – family, house and white picket fence. SL Lim, Peter Polites, Sally Rugg and Sasha Marianna Salzmann discuss if there should be agitation against traditional, heteronormative ‘happily ever after’ notions. Sasha Marianna Salzmann supported by the Goethe-Institut

The Politics of Disgust W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 11.30am V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

Norman Erikson Pasaribu, Nic Holas and Fiona McGregor unpack what it means to be labelled ‘disgusting’ and how it informs the queer experience in social, cultural and legislative ways. Can it be reclaimed? Should it? With Dion Kagan. Image: Alexis Desaulniers Lea Photography

W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 11.30am

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Queer Fear W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 4pm VE NUE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

From Halloween costumes to sinister representations of queer people in pop and cult culture, there is a lot to unpack at the intersection of queerness and horror. Daniel de Lorne and Alison Evans discuss with Adolfo Aranjuez.


DUETS

Hannah Joy & Angie McMahon W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 2.30pm

Frontwoman of indie rockers Middle Kids Hannah Joy is an ARIA-nominated multiinstrumentalist who has caught the attention of Elton John. She sits down with singer-songwriter Angie McMahon – who supported Bon Jovi on their Australian tour – to discuss their success.

V EN UE State Library Victoria,

Isabella Fraser Room

TIC K E TS $25/$19

Bakehouse Studio founder Helen Marcou’s music conversation series sees some of the country’s top singersongwriters sit down to discuss their practice and perform live. Supported by 3RRR 102.7FM

Felix Riebl & Thando W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 1pm

Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for The Cat Empire Felix Riebl speaks to Zimbabwe-born powerhouse singer Thando about the complexities and joys of a life in music.

Allara & Archie Roach WH EN Fri 6 Sep, 5.30pm

Yorta Yorta woman Allara explores performance and opera with a loop station, electric bass, double bass and spirit. Archie Roach became the voice of the Stolen Generation with his ballad Took the Children Away. They explore music and politics. Supported by APRA AMCOS

Vivien Goldman & Amanda Roff

Birdz & Kutcha Edwards

W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 11.30am

WH EN Sun 8 Sep, 2.30pm

A cover of Yothu Yindi’s Djäpana (Sunset Dreaming) put Northern Territory-raised rapper Birdz smack-bang in the middle of the nation’s gaze. Birdz is paired with singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards, who uses music to create connections across cultures, generations and spaces.

Tina Arena & Deborah Cheetham W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 2.30pm

Iconic singer-songwriter Tina Arena and Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator Deborah Cheetham come together to discuss their brilliant and varied careers. They speak about how music continues to shape them, both on stage and off.

Cat Hope & Karina Utomo WH EN Sat 7 Sep, 1pm

Cat Hope is the director of awardwinning music ensemble, Decibel, and an academic, composer and musician. Here, she speaks to powerful vocalist and singer in metal outfit High Tension, Karina Utomo about how to pack a unique punch using music.

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Veteran punk scholar Vivien Goldman’s latest book, Revenge of the She-Punks, centres the relationship of women in the movement. She’s in conversation (and full flight) with Harmony and Time for Dreams vocalist Amanda Roff, digging deep on feminist punks.

Urthboy & Ecca Vandal W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 4pm

Tim Levinson, AKA Urthboy, is an Australian hip-hop MC, producer and founding member of The Herd, and is known for his sharp and incisive political songwriting. He is paired with urban music rising star Ecca Vandal as they break down barriers via song. A creative collaboration with the Australian Music Vault


A Love Letter to…

MWF19 artists pen and read aloud new work, paying tribute to something or someone close to their hearts – featuring love letters to favourite books, an imagined future and to oneself.

Myself

A Book

The Future

W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 5.30pm

WH EN Sat 7 Sep, 10am

W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 1pm

V EN UE State Library Victoria,

V EN UE RMIT Storey Hall

VE NUE RMIT Storey Hall

T ICKETS $35/$25

TI CKE TS $35/$25

We’ve all felt passionately about a novel from our past, but have we ever taken the time to write a heartfelt note to it directly, thanking it for the way it shaped and moved us? Hear Amal Awad, Ruby Hamad, Sarah Krasnostein and Daniel Mallory Ortberg do just this.

Future D Fidel, Clementine Ford, Nyadol Nyuon and Osamah Sami know tomorrow is a mystery, filled with hope or despair. They read a specially-written letter to that forthcoming world, speculating on what is yet to come and how we might get there.

Isabella Fraser Room

TIC K E TS $25/$19

‘Self-love’ might be a breezy catchphrase about emotional wellbeing, but what does it feel like to write a love letter to yourself? Mama Alto, Vicki Laveau-Harvie, Luke McGregor and Ellen van Neerven read their missives to the person who looks back at them in the mirror.

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YA Day W HE N Sun 1 Sep T I C K E TS $15

Enjoy an entire day of young adult literary programming featuring author talks, panels and in-depth conversation. YA’ll for Brunch? W HE N 10am V EN U E The Moat

It’s Complicated WH EN 1pm V EN UE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

Nina Kenwood and Jodi McAlister are experts at crafting complicated relationships on the page. They speak with Michelle Smith about how they write the zigs and zags of young love.

Kindred: Queer #LoveOzYA Stories WH EN 1pm

TIC K E TS $30 (includes

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Filled with discussion, giveaways, brunch and happy, warm feelings (did we mention brunch?), this special start to the day is the perfect opportunity to caffeinate and acquaint.

Queer stories with queer characters by queer writers, this anthology is a YA collection for our time. Editor Michael Earp will speak with some of the collection’s contributors to discuss awkwardness, love, friendship and hope.

coffee and pastries)

Meet Me at the Intersection W HE N 11.30am V EN UE State Library Victoria,

Village Roadshow Theatrette

Writers whose voices are seldom heard come together in Meet Me at the Intersection. Three contributors to the anthology share a snippet of their work. With Rebecca Lim.

Why YA?

Pop Culture Currency

W HE N 4pm VE NUE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

Bestselling YA author Amie Kaufman answers your burning questions in this special ‘ask me anything’ event. With degrees in history, literature, law, conflict resolution, and an international publishing career, she has a lot to share.

YA’ll are Thirsty: Romantic FanFic Showcase W HE N 4pm VE NUE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Pop culture is filled with characters who are meant to be together, but their creators often seem set on keeping them apart. Alison Evans, Will Kostakis, Jes Layton and CB Mako offer alternative salacious stories from their thirsty imaginations.

WH EN 2.30pm V EN UE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, 13 Reasons Why, Dumplin’ and more prove there is serious pop culture currency in breathing new life into YA fiction on streaming services such as Netflix and Stan. Award-winning authors Jenna Guillaume and Lili Wilkinson discuss.

W HE N 11.30am

Your Chosen Family

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

WH EN 2.30pm

Love, family, belonging. Authors Randa Abdel-Fattah (When Michael Met Mina) and Melina Marchetta (The Place on Dalhousie) are celebrated for works that broach these complex themes. They’re here to discuss why they write for YA audiences.

Ask Me Anything: Amie Kaufman

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Alison Evans’ Highway Bodies and Marlee Jane Ward’s The Orphancorp Trilogy both explore how families – chosen, not familial – can form in fraught times. These award-winning authors discuss how community is built from the darkest conditions.

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Becky Albertalli: Love, Simon W HE N 5.30pm VE NUE The Capitol TI CKE TS $35/$25

YA icon Becky Albertalli shares a stage with Jenna Guillaume to celebrate the runaway success of Albertalli’s Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – and the book’s second life on the big screen as Love, Simon. They discuss the aching tenderness of adolescent love and how important it is for young readers to see themselves reflected in literature.


Be Part of Our Story As Australia’s most-loved literary arts festival, we bring the best writers, artists and storytellers to Melbourne for a ten day celebration of words, writing and the human experience.

Excellence

Education

Equity

A World Class Literary Arts Festival

Inspiring the Next Generation of Storytellers

A Festival for Everyone

The world needs big ideas right now. MWF provides the platform to share them with all Australians. Join us in bringing the greatest international literary luminaries and local legends to Melbourne, fortifying our city’s leadership position as a UNESCO City of Literature.

We need creative and curious young minds to shape a compassionate world. With your support, we can ensure the next generation of students have the opportunity to attend the largest literary event for primary and secondary students in Australia – to share ideas, stories, craft writing skills, and become the passionate readers and thinkers of the future.

Melbourne Writers Festival is a not-for-profit organisation with registered Deductible Gift Recipient status. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Through the support of our donors, we ensure that almost a quarter of our Festival program is free to attend each year. Help us to expand our audience and artist inclusion initiatives while keeping ticket prices accessible, making sure MWF is an event to be shared by all.

Donate Today Visit mwf.com.au or call 03 9094 7861


The Best Medicine TIC K E TS $25/$19

Powerful Landmarks

Choice Words: Writing About Abortion

Melanie Cheng: Room for a Stranger

V EN UE Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Victoria Room

WH EN Fri 6 Sep, 10am

W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 11.30am

V EN UE State Library Victoria,

Enza Gandolfo’s The Bridge and Kristina Olsson’s Shell both centre around the construction of Australia’s most iconic structures, using them as catalysts to examine how we reckon with difficult pasts and uncertain futures. They discuss with Veronica Sullivan.

Village Roadshow Theatrette

VE NUE The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Louise Swinn’s Choice Words sees a range of artists recount personal stories of abortion. It is ‘a celebration of how far we’ve come, an electrifying caterwaul at how far we still have to go’. Featuring contributors Tony Birch, Melanie Cheng and Amy Gray.

Writer and GP Melanie Cheng’s debut novel is an exploration of friendship across cultures and generations. Room For a Stranger explores Cheng’s gift for deep empathy. She talks to Anna Krien about finding the humanity in both her patients and her characters.

Just Add Love

Corey White: The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory

W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 4pm

A creative collaboration with the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

The Heart Bent W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 4pm V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

What bends the heart, and how do we write poetry about that? Join poets Eunice Andrada, David McCooey, Felicity Plunkett and Ellen van Neerven for a discussion on the ethics of elegy and writing on and from love. With Jacinta Le Plastrier. Supported by Australian Poetry

WH EN Fri 6 Sep, 10am V EN UE The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Irris Makler’s Just Add Love showcases recipes of the vanished Jewish communities from Europe to the Middle East, and tells extraordinary survival stories. She joins Arnold Zable and contributors from the book to speak about the kitchen as the heart of a home.

Leave the Lights on Please WH EN Fri 6 Sep, 11.30am V EN UE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

Connection to sex, intimacy and the body doesn’t disappear as one ages, so why aren’t more artists interrogating the concepts of desire past middle age? Dennis Altman, Patricia Cornelius, Andrea Goldsmith and Alex Miller discuss with Maureen Matthews.

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W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 1pm VE NUE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Comedian Corey White has survived family trauma, foster care, boarding school and drug addiction. His memoir describes the raw details, along with the internal reserves he drew on to survive and eventually thrive. White is in frank and fearless conversation with Sarah Krasnostein.

While the World Burns W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 1pm VE NUE The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Writers on the environmental front line have been trying to raise our consciousness about our imploding planet for years, and they’re not going to stop. Join Tony Birch, Sophie Cunningham, Tom Doig and Bruce Pascoe discussing the importance of words as a call to arms. With David Ritter.


Storytelling is the Best Medicine

Samer Nashef: The Angina Monologues

Sophie Cunningham: City of Trees

W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 4pm

WH EN Sat 7 Sep, 4pm

W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 11.30am

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

VE NUE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Writer and GP Melanie Cheng’s work explores widely varied subjects, while heart surgeon Samer Nashef’s The Angina Monologues recalls real-life experiences mending actual broken hearts. The writers talk about how their medical practice informs their creative life.

Author and cardiac surgeon Samer Nashef has had a closer view of our pulsating, vibrant hearts than most. His collection of essays, The Angina Monologues, slices open the emotional truth of dealing with catastrophes when someone’s life is in your hands. With Karen Hitchcock.

‘How do we take in the beauty of our planet while processing the losses?’ Sophie Cunningham’s new collection is a love letter to nature’s staggering beauty, the transience of human life and how the environment informs our lives every day. With Justine Hyde.

For the Love of Comedy W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 2.30pm V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Comedy can seem like a brutal and lonely career from the outside, yet those who devote their lives to it find moments of joy and connection. Join Nayuka Gorrie, Drew Hayden Taylor and Kirsty Webeck as they reflect on why they love the genre. Drew Hayden Taylor supported by the Government of Canada

Afro Hub W HE N Sat 31 Aug V EN UE The Wheeler Centre,

Performance Space

TIC K E TS Free, bookings may

be required

Curated by Afro Hub founder Saba Alemayoh, this full day of performances, workshops and discussions celebrates the best in African talent. An MWF community partnership supported by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Caro Llewellyn: Diving into Glass WH EN Sun 8 Sep, 11.30am V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

Caro Llewellyn has lived myriad creative dreams – from directing major literary events in Sydney and New York to travelling the world. But a 2009 multiple sclerosis diagnosis left her reeling. She talks about her memoir, Diving into Glass, with Robyn Archer.

Negro Speaks of Books

Writing Rap

WH EN 3–7.30pm

W HE N 5pm

Join Inez Trambas throughout the day for discussions about and recommendations for African literature.

Rapper and songwriter KROWN shares how to write your very own rap lyrics in this participatory class.

Breaking Down the Publishing World WH EN 3.30pm

In this conversation and networking event, industry professionals shine a light on how to go from manuscript to published book.

Growing Up African in Australia W HE N 6.30pm

Contributors to Growing Up African in Australia share how they use their writing to heal and prosper.

Poetry and Jazz Party W HE N 8pm (2 hours)

A performance showcase of poetry and jazz, featuring DJ Eva Lubulwa to end the night on a musical high.

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A Day of Romance W HE N Sun 8 Sep V EN UE The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space TIC K E TS $25/$19

An exploration of all things centred around the romance genre and those who pen it – from examining the classics through to steamy sex scenes. Romance as Resistance

A Swelling in his Loins

On Sex and Romance

W HE N 10am

WH EN 1pm

W HE N 4pm

Written on an accelerated timeline, romance fiction is uniquely placed to react in real time to political and cultural shifts in the world. Authors Anne Gracie, Melanie Milburne and CS Pacat discuss how the genre can challenge the status quo. With Jodi McAlister.

Engorged flesh is the beating pulse of many romance novels and it says a lot about the genre: the culmination of desire, virile masculinity, the creative euphemisms. Romance writers Clare Connelly, Daniel de Lorne, Leisl Leighton and Maria Lewis unpack its role.

Consent, coercion, protection. Authors must navigate these issues when writing those steamy chapters. Angelita Biscotti, Maria Lewis and Melanie Milburne explore the responsibility writers have when writing about sex. With Kate Cuthbert.

Who Gets to Love?

Unpicking Classic Romances

W HE N 11.30am

Statistics show that romance remains a genre for – and populated by – those who are white, straight and able-bodied. Authors Daniel de Lorne and Maria Lewis and sex columnist Maureen Matthews discuss this lack of diversity. With Kate Cuthbert.

WH EN 2.30pm

What’s up with Mr Darcy? What a mansplainer. And don’t get us started on Romeo. Armed with a contemporary lens, authors Clare Connelly, Anne Gracie, and Toni Jordan inspect how the classics may not hold up to today’s standards. With The Guardian’s Calla Wahlquist.

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Dating, Sex, Rock ‘n’ Roll TIC K E TS $25/$19

Sex Work on the Page

What We Learn From Heartbreak

Shayne Carter: Dead People I Have Known

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

WH EN Fri 6 Sep, 2.30pm

W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 1pm

V EN UE The Wheeler Centre,

Performance Space

VE NUE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

There are many myths about sex work, but what do those working in it say? Nadine Chemali, Fiona Patten, Nic Holas and Rita Therese discuss the importance of sex worker voices in the literary world, and how they bring their understanding to their writing. With Jules Kim.

When we are in the middle of heartbreak, it’s hard to feel that there may be a worthy lesson in it all. Madeleine Dore speaks with relationship doyenne Zoë Foster Blake about finding gems of wisdom among the ashes of lost love.

The singer of trailblazing New Zealand band Straitjacket Fits, Shayne Carter has not only survived a rock‘n’roll lifestyle for decades, but also a childhood shaped by violence and addiction. He talks about his memoir Dead People I Have Known with Peter Fenton.

Madame Brussels’ Melbourne

Muses of Music

Dating in the Digital Age

WH EN Sat 7 Sep, 11.30am

W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 10am

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

VE NUE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Archaeologist Sarah Hayes and historian Barbara Minchinton discuss their research on Little Lon, Melbourne’s sex work precinct of the 19th century. Utilising archives and artefacts, they share what is known about its brothels, sex workers and the elusive Madame Brussels.

Musician Cash Savage and her wife, Archer Magazine founder Amy Middleton, and musical couple Harry James Angus and Emily Lubitz discuss the complexities of writing and singing about someone you love. With Clare Bowditch.

It is supposed to be easier than ever to find love via the internet, apps and social media. But dating in the digital age comes with emotional complexities, not to mention personal safety issues. Adolfo Aranjuez, Sam George-Allen and Fiona Wright break it down.

A creative collaboration with the Public Records Office of Victoria and Ancestry.com.au

The ASH Podcast

W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 7pm

W HE N Thu 5 Sep, 1pm V EN UE Victorian Archives Centre

Sexuality and Disability: The Intersection W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 11.30am V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

Too often conversations about sex fail to meaningfully address the important intersection between sexuality and disability. Erin Kyan, Creatrix Tiara and Jessica Walton discuss access to dating and romantic relationships, and ways to open up the paths moving forward.

WH EN Sat 7 Sep, 11.30am V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

Examining sex, crushes and romance, The ASH Podcast reaches out to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a lens of sex positivity. Dominic Guerrera and Bunganditj woman Sasha Smith bring their podcast to the stage for the first time with special guest Nayuka Gorrie.

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Home Is Where the Club Is W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 1pm VE NUE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

Artist and nightclub personality, Miss Blanks is joined by a panel of Melbourne nightlife organisers and tastemakers for a deep-dive conversation about underground after-hours experiences and how people are creating meaningful and dynamic spaces for audiences.


Connection and Belonging TIC K E TS $25/$19

Interdisciplinary

Love All

W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 2.30pm

WH EN Fri 6 Sep, 2.30pm

V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 5.30pm

Lauded Indian poet and dancer Tishani Doshi and UK poet and film-maker Jay Bernard weave together art and words, film and dance, power and vulnerability. The two will showcase their works in this performance special. Hosted by Jini Maxwell.

Sport has the power to turn the most level-headed of humans into shrieking, emotional wrecks. Musician Dave Graney speaks with political writer and football aficionado George Megalogenis, Tigers fan Nyadol Nyuon and writer Ahmed Yussuf about sport’s impact on the heart.

VE NUE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

The Personal in Art W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 10am V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

All art initiates from a kernel of emotional truth or lived experience – but what is an artist’s responsibility when it comes to contextualising their work? Join Azizeh Astaneh, Andy Butler, Reko Rennie and Tai Snaith as they discuss where to draw the line.

The Child Within W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 11.30am

The Road to the Ballot Box WH EN Fri 6 Sep, 5.30pm V EN UE State Library Victoria,

Village Roadshow Theatrette

Australia’s lauded reputation with regards to women’s voting rights belies the disenfranchisement many have faced on the basis of class and race. Activist Tarneen Onus Williams, former Greens MP Lidia Thorpe and historian Clare Wright discuss the bumpy road to the ballot box. Supported by Crikey

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Live and Loud Literary Showcase

Selina Tusitala Marsh, Poet Laureate of New Zealand, headlines this poetry and spoken word special event, with words and rhymes from Fury, Eleanor Jackson, Harry Reid, Sumudu Samarawickrama and Fiona Wright. They will each share works inspired by MWF19’s theme, ‘When We Talk About Love’.

On Voice and Power W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 2.30pm VE NUE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh and Windham-Campbell Prizewinner Ali Cobby Eckermann meet to explore how spoken word and poetry can be a means of resistance and connection. They discuss voice as a mode of power with Eleanor Jackson. Supported by the Feminist Writers Festival

Peggy Frew’s Islands, Peter Fenton’s The Days of In Between, Carrie Tiffany’s Exploded View and multiple works by YA author Alice Pung present characters written from a child’s viewpoint. They speak with Demet Divaroren about writing from a young perspective.

Family Violence W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 2.30pm VE NUE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

The statistics regarding domestic violence against Australian women should be causing us all grave concern. Four leading advocates discuss this crisis, and how the stories of survivors are more important than ever. Featuring Jane Gilmore, Shakira Hussein, Nicole Lee and Lidia Thorpe.

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Graphic Art Day W HE N Sat 7 Sep V EN UE The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space TIC K E TS Free

An entire day devoted to comics, cartoons, and graphic art. Featuring workshops and in-conversation events with some of your favourite graphic novelists and artists. Oslo Davis & Peter Hitchener W HE N 1pm

You would know the work of beloved illustrator Oslo Davis from – well, everywhere. His famous Overheard series in The Sunday Age for starters, or The Monthly, The New York Times, The Guardian, SBS. He is in conversation with Peter Hitchener.

Drawing the Truth W HE N 2.30pm

Writers are constantly reflecting on their own emotional challenges, but how different is it to express these feelings through graphic art? Rachel Ang, Khale McHurst and Mandy Ord discuss how they protect themselves when placing their heart on the page.

Shaun Tan: A Meditation on Belonging W HE N 4pm

Image: Moonfish by Shaun Tan

Squishface Studio W HE N 11am–4pm

Talk and collaborate with the artists of Squishface Studio as they write and draw their most Melbournian comics! With Scarlette Baccini, David Blumenstein, Clea Chiller, Darren Fisher, Issey Fujishima, Ben Hutchings, Ele Jenkins and Vicki Nguyen.

Charlotte Allingham: The Power of the Image WH EN 11.30am

Wiradjuri woman and illustrator Charlotte Allingham’s iconic artwork, Always Was, went viral on Australia Day 2018, becoming a symbol of the vocal uprising against national celebrations of the day. Allingham reflects on politicising her work with Tarneen Onus Williams.

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Award-winning illustrator and author Shaun Tan began drawing images for sci-fi and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager in Perth. His latest work, Cicada, examines bullying and belonging, an ongoing motif in his work. He speaks to Tai Snaith.


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West Writers Forum V EN UE Footscray Community Arts Centre TIC K E TS Free, bookings may be required An MWF community partnership supported by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

What is African Poetics? W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 12.30pm (90 min)

Afro-Australian creatives come together to explore modern and historical poetry in Africa through performance and discussions. With Tiyami Amum and Achut Thuc.

Love in Place: An Interactive Installation W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 11am–6pm

Tell us about a place that holds your love and add it to our skyline of stories.

Cry Havoc: Djed Press Showcase

Image: West Writers Group (not all pictured)

Behind the Screens W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 10am–4pm

A response to the underrepresentation of diverse voices in the Australian screen industry, this program aims to create tangible access to pathways and opportunities for emerging filmmakers in Melbourne’s West through a day of workshops, activities and access to a year-long mentoring network.

Parallel Universes W HE N Sat 31 Aug,

6.30pm (2 hours) V EN U E Footscray

Community Arts Centre

Stories of Place: FRESH! by Nikki Tran WH EN Sun 1 Sep, 11am–6pm

FRESH! is a dramedy web series inspired by Footscray’s fresh food market exploring community, market life and migrant experiences. The series is screened all day, on loop.

West Writers x WrICE: CRAFT WH EN Sun 1 Sep, 11am (75 min)

Capping off a six week period of discussion and interrogation, three pairs of writers talk about their writing process and explore each other’s work.

TIC K E TS $20/$15

The West Writers Group reflects on love in its various ambiguities. With guest artist, writer Tishani Doshi.

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W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 4pm (2 hours)

Climate change, social inequality, the rise of alt-right facism... To many, it’s looking like the end of the world as we know it (and we don’t feel fine). Are we stuck in the darkest timeline, or is there hope for humanity yet? Sit back, relax and listen as some of our featured artists delve in deeper.


I Image: Stephen Henry, I Want to Know What Love Is

Immerse Yourself Duality

W HE N Sat 31 Aug – Sun 8 Sep,

Mon – Sun 11am–6pm Exhibition opening Fri 30 Aug, 6–9pm

I Want to Know What Love Is

WH EN Sat 31 Aug, 7.30pm V EN UE Gasworks Theatre

V EN UE KSR Art Bar

T ICKETS $45/$40

TIC K E TS Free

Based on 800 anonymous love stories submitted by the public and transforming these secret submissions into magnificent declarations, this theatrical romp throws a spotlight on long-buried memories, bedroom fantasies, and blushing cheeks.

Shannyn Higgins’ photography exhibition Duality brings together 25 storytellers and 25 visual artists in a creative marriage exploring the relationship between visual and literary narrative. Wander through the exhibition or hear from some of the collaborators about their experience of working on the project. Artist Talks Henry Wagons & Goodie Sun 1 Sep, 1pm Madeleine Dore & Shawn Lu Tue 3 Sep, 6.30pm

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Never-Said Motel W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 1pm & 2.30pm VE NUE RMIT Blackbox TI CKE TS $25/$19

In an explorative performance of words left unspoken, NeverSaid Motel by performance artist Tamzen Hayes invites audience volunteers to play the role of real-life figures in intimate conversations that have – until this point – only happened in her mind.

Fiona McGregor: A Novel Idea W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 4pm VE NUE RMIT Blackbox TI CKE TS Free

Based on the experience of writing her award-winning novel Indelible Ink, Fiona McGregor’s new photo-essay memoir, A Novel Idea, ruminates on the humdrumness of a writer’s daily life. Here, she performs the blank drudgery in all its glory.


Grumble Bum Panel Party W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 5.30pm

Praise: Screening and Q&A

Slam-O-Vision

WH EN Thu 5 Sep, 6pm (2 hours)

W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 7pm

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

VE NUE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

T ICKETS $35/$25

TI CKE TS $25/$19

The late, deeply admired author Andrew McGahan burst on to our literary scene with his iconic work Praise. Join us for a screening of the 1998 film adaptation and a Q&A with its stars, Sacha Horler and Peter Fenton, to discuss his work’s impact. With Jason Steger.

Slam-O-Vision, the spoken word version of Eurovision, invites the ten UNESCO Cities of Literature to compete for a grand worldwide title. Poets in Bucheon, Edinburgh, Iowa City, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Nottingham, Quebec City, Reykjavík, Seattle, Tartu and Utrecht have been competing in their local event. Tonight, the winner is revealed!

V EN UE State Library Victoria,

Isabella Fraser Room

Stuart Ringholt: The Naturist’s Library

TIC K E TS $25/$19

WH EN Thu 5 Sep, 8.15pm,

Sex-clown and eco-warrior Betty Grumble gathers a selection of her favourite activists, artists and wildhearts to examine whether art can save the world – and, if so, should it? Prepare for part panel, part party, part performance and full-blown chaos.

Sat 7 Sep, 7pm (2 hours)

V EN UE State Library Victoria T ICKETS $40

Artist Stuart Ringholt is bringing his unique work to State Library Victoria for MWF. Take a peek inside its hidden catacombs and learn about their fascinating secrets. Don’t forget: the artist will be naked. Those on the tour must also be naked. Adults only.

Presented in partnership with the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office

STFU Reading Society W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 2pm (2 hours) VE NUE State Library Victoria, North Rotunda TI CKE TS Free

The STFU Reading Society isn’t a book club. It is a society for bookish people to get together, ‘shut the f*ck up’ and read, otherwise known as a silent reading party. Whatever you want to read, no judgment here. A dreamy way to spend time.

Letters to My Broken Heart W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 1–5pm

& Sun 8 Sep, 11–3pm

VE NUE RMIT Blackbox TI CKE TS Free

What broke your heart – a lover, a friend, a tragic event? Write a letter to your broken heart in this open-door participatory event. Each epistle will be folded to form part of a giant sculpture acknowledging heartbreak and loss.

Image: Shannyn Higgins, Duality

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MWF Workshops

Writing Deep Point-of-View

V EN UE The Wheeler Centre, Workshop Space

W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 10am

TIC K E TS $140/$120 D U R AT I O N 2.5 hours

Sit down with leading authors and writers to get the nitty-gritty on their creative practice. Limited spaces available. A creative collaboration with Writers Victoria

Making It as a Freelance Writer

Poetry and Performance

W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 10am

Putting poetry on paper is just the beginning. Bankstown Poetry Slam Slambassador and co-founder of Dubai Poetry Slam Sara Saleh leads this writing and performance workshop. She will teach you how to craft and perform commanding lyrical verses.

Ginger Gorman (Troll Hunting) knows that despite freelancing’s challenges, the rewards can be remarkable and often unexpected. Drawing from her own experience and success, she shows how to navigate the industry as a freelancer, imparting skills and giving advice on pitching, researching, and managing the business aspects of the job.

Shame and Truth in Memoir Writing W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 2.30pm

For some, writing memoir can be a reckoning exacerbated by foggy memories and painful truths. Award-winning writer Kristina Olsson’s memoir, Boy, Lost, explores the shame, grief and loss that stalked her family after the kidnapping of her brother. She shares how to navigate and bridle shame and truth when writing about your past.

WH EN Sun 1 Sep, 10am

Building Narrative in Long-Form Journalism WH EN Sun 1 Sep, 2.30pm

Journalistic content faces a challenging market – one disrupted or dictated by algorithms, shareability and the proliferation of information. Andreas Harsono, Human Rights Watch researcher and former editor of Indonesian magazine Pantau, shares his expertise in planning, structuring and building long-form narrative. Andreas Harsono supported by Human Rights Watch and Monash University Publishing

Deep point-of-view is a style of writing that makes readers feel they become a character, embodying and experiencing every moment of their narrative journey. Romance and horror novelist Daniel de Lorne will present specific tips to transform your writing into deeper and more vivid prose.

Crafting Short Fiction W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 2.30pm

Demonstrating a sharpness and intensity, short stories are compact forays into whole worlds. Laura Elvery (Trick of the Light) shares how to master the form by explaining the skills required for their effective execution, unpacking plot, structure, form, character and voice to turn your ideas into gripping short stories.

The Personal and Political in Fiction W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 10am

Do writers have a duty to directly confront global issues and those in power, or is it enough for them to connect us via human stories of home? Amal Awad addresses this perennial question, and shares how to write fiction that positions the personal and political as catalysts for storytelling.

Opportunities of Creative Non-Fiction W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 2.30pm

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Whether an essay, long-form journalism or memoir, creative non-fiction is a rich blend of ideas and techniques. Sam George-Allen (Witches: What Women Do Together) interrogates these rich blends and teaches testing boundaries and exploring opportunities in creative nonfiction, including writing, researching and enriching the work with lashings of imagination.


Melbourne Masterclasses

On Loss: A Public Re/w/rite

V EN UE University of Melbourne Forum Theatre, Arts West

W HE N Sat 31 Aug &

Sat 7 Sep, 3–4.30pm

TIC K E TS $35/$25

VE NUE RMIT Foresters Hall

D U R AT I O N 75 min

TI CKE TS $140/$120 (includes both dates)

Some of The University of Melbourne’s most celebrated literary alumni and academics come together for a special in-conversation edition of the Melbourne Masterclasses series. Presented in partnership with the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

Alexis Wright

Maria Tumarkin

W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 6.30pm

WH EN Thu 5 Sep, 6.30pm

Shortlisted for multiple gongs including the Miles Franklin Literary Award and Stella Prize, Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book touches on themes of love, climate change and displacement. Australian Centre co-director Denise Varney gives her take on this work, then joins Wright to discuss its key ideas.

Maria Tumarkin is an awardwinning writer whose latest book, Axiomatic, has won critical praise for its unflinching essays on how the past shapes the present. Academic Justin Clemens explores how Tumarkin writes about difficult topics then joins her to further contextualise this important work.

Join playwright and performative artist Peta Murray for an immersive and inspirational workshop that focuses on the process of making and performing your work. Across two sessions, participants will use raw life experiences of grief and loss to explore writing methodologies, collaborative practice and the relationship between writing and performance. Supported by RMIT University

The Art of Writing: Two-Day Intensive W HE N Sat 31 Aug &

Sun 1 Sep, 10am–5pm

VE NUE NGV International TI CKE TS $380/$365 (includes both dates)

Emily Bitto

Arnold Zable

W HE N Mon 2 Sep, 6.30pm

WH EN Sat 7 Sep, 6.30pm

Winner of the 2015 Stella Prize, Emily Bitto’s debut novel The Strays has been described as ‘a gemstone: polished and multifaceted, reflecting illuminations back to the reader and holding rich colour in its depths’. Amanda Johnson, senior lecturer in creative writing, interrogates its key themes with Bitto.

A ‘profound meditation on displacement, nostalgia, and exile’, Arnold Zable’s Sea of Many Returns plots an Odyssey-like narrative that spans generations. Arts academic Sara Wills will examine the work’s enduring themes before exploring them further with the writer.

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Every picture tells a story and with 75,000 artworks in its care, the NGV Collection holds a limitless well of histories, perspectives and shared experiences. Guided by celebrated author Cate Kennedy and guests, this weekend course held in the heart of the NGV uses art as the starting point for creative writing. Includes lunch and wrap-up drinks. A creative collaboration with National Gallery Victoria


Commentary and Commemoration TIC K E TS $25/$19

The Opposite of Love

Writing: A Liminal Art

W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 4pm

WH EN Mon 2 Sep, 6pm

V EN UE State Library Victoria,

V EN UE Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Victoria Room

Online vitriol, death threats and emotional labour – human rights activist Randa Abdel-Fattah, troll hunter Ginger Gorman and former race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane speak to self-protection and resilience. With Amy Gray.

T ICKETS Free, bookings required

Isabella Fraser Room

Journalism: Heartbreak and Resolve W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 5.30pm V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

As the term ‘fake news’ is spat out as a weapon, how do journalists stand their ground? Erik Jensen, Ginger Gorman and Jack Latimore speak with Crikey’s Bhakthi Puvanenthiran.

PEN Lecture: Untying the Tongue W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 5.30pm V EN UE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

In this Year of Indigenous Languages, Wiradjuri author Tara June Winch (The Yield) shares how language has informed her writing. She makes the case for a future where Indigenous languages are centred as national imperatives Supported by PEN Melbourne

Writing transforms experience and emotion into wisdom. Four writers – Eunice Andrada, Manisha Anjali, Jamie Marina Lau and Bella Li – showcase their works and discuss writing as metamorphosis. With Leah Jing McIntosh. A creative collaboration with Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

John Button Oration: In the Face of Hatred WH EN Tue 3 Sep, 6.30pm V EN UE State Library Victoria,

Data Journalism: Changing the Debate W HE N Thu 5 Sep, 6pm VE NUE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

The Guardian’s Deaths Inside investigation exposed more than 400 indigenous deaths in custody since 2008. Jack Banister, Lorena Allam and Lenore Taylor discuss. With Andrew Dodd. Supported by the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

Robert Lukins: The Everlasting Sunday W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 1pm VE NUE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

Robert Lukins’ remarkable debut novel, The Everlasting Sunday, is set during the ‘big freeze’ in 1960s England. Critic and writer Thuy On speaks with Lukins to discuss his gripping work.

Creative Love Affairs

Isabella Fraser Room

W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 4pm

In Antisemitism: Here and Now, Deborah Lipstadt talks about the futility of trying to defeat the irrational with rational supposition. She proposes a way forward in a hostile and divided world.

VE NUE RMIT Kaleide Theatre

Supported by the John Button Fund, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne

Some of the best partnerships in art come with complex backstories, while others just flow. Hear from John Connolly (he) on Stan Laurel, Lesley Harding (Modern Love) on the torrid marriage of John and Sunday Reed, and Colin Lane, of Lano and Woodley fame. With Jason Steger.

Boisbouvier Oration: Publishing from the Provinces

Peter Steele Lecture: Joel Deane

WH EN Wed 4 Sep, 6.30pm

W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 4pm

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

VE NUE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

Literary publishing in Australia occupies an outlying territory, which is fiercely independent in its character and values. Ivor Indyk explores its contours.

In this year’s Peter Steele Lecture, award-winning poet and speechwriter Joel Deane speaks about the responsibility of words and why it is time to reconsider the question of having an Australian Poet Laureate.

Supported by the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

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Supported by the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne


Guardian Australia: The Unmissables

Australian Centre Literary Awards

Short Stories, Big Impacts

W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 10am

WH EN Sat 7 Sep, 4pm

W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 1pm

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

V EN UE State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

VE NUE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

We’ve all got favourite books over time that we’ll insist are unmissable. But what do some of your most beloved authors choose as their own personal must-reads? Join author Alice Pung, novelist Carrie Tiffany and writer and comedian Corey White as they lay their literary souls bare and share their own unmissable classic novels. With Stephanie Convery.

T ICKETS Free, bookings required

Three writers working deep in the short story genre discuss the peaks, privileges and pains of utilising short form fiction to tell a story. Featuring Jennifer Down, Laura Elvery and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in conversation with Veronica Sullivan.

Join the Australian Centre and University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts in congratulating the winners of this year’s literary awards. Supported by the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

Presented in partnership with Guardian Australia

Readings Recommends V EN UE State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room T ICKE TS Free

Get the low down from the bookselling experts with this series of special conversations. Prize for New Australian Fiction

New Voices in Local Fiction

W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 10am

W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 10am

The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction highlights exceptional emerging talent in local literature. Two of the 2019 shortlisted authors join Readings programming manager and prize judge Christine Gordon to discuss their titles.

Alice Bishop’s A Constant Hum is a gripping tale of disaster; Angela Meyer’s A Superior Spectre is about the demon of curiosity; and JP Pomare’s Call Me Evie is a bestselling thriller. These debut Melbourne authors discuss their work with Readings head buyer Alison Huber.

Young Adult Book Prize

Indigenous Non-Fiction

W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 10am

WH EN Fri 6 Sep, 10am

Established in 2016, the Readings Young Adult Book Prize celebrates emerging voices in YA literature. In conversation with awardwinning author and Readings staff member Leanne Hall, the 2019 winner will discuss their title in this special YA Day event.

Academic Tyson Yunkaporta’s Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World asks how we might do things differently, while author Bruce Pascoe (Dark Emu) tries to redress the past. They offer a way of thinking about the future. With Readings bookseller Marie Matteson.

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50 Years of Australian Bookselling W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 10am

The simple gesture of putting a book in someone’s hands can change a life, and no one knows better than Readings managing director Mark Rubbo and veteran publisher Hilary McPhee. They discuss the joys of connecting readers with writers – and vice versa.


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BOOK CLUB V EN UE State Library Victoria, North Rotunda T ICKETS $60 D UR ATI ON 90 min

This intimate series returns, inviting you to get up close and personal with your favourite authors and hotly debate their personal book club selections. Limited spaces available.

Sami Shah W HE N

Nazeem Hussain

Sat 31 Aug, 6pm

W HE N

Sat 31 Aug, 8pm

Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic horrorfantasy novel The Stand has recently been adapted for TV. Comedian and radio presenter Sami Shah has chosen to deep dive into this 1978 classic about mutating viruses and a society at the brink of extinction.

Comedian Nazeem Hussain is known for his irreverent comedy via his popular TV series, such as Legally Brown. He has found inspiration and solace in the novel The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and wants to share his thoughts.

Brian Nankervis

Scott Ludlam

W HE N

Sun 1 Sep, 6pm

W HE N

Beloved co-host of RocKwiz, Brian Nankervis brings one of Australia’s wildly bestselling novels to MWF’s Book Club series to debate. Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe has smashed publishing records – what’s the magic in these pages?

Sun 1 Sep, 8pm

Former Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has chosen William Gibson’s sci-fi cyberpunk novel Neuromancer. Gibson’s book has been hailed as ‘one of the 20th century’s most potent visions of the future’, but how does it hold weight since its 1984 debut?

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BC Judith Lucy W HE N

Sloane Crosley

Fri 6 Sep, 6pm

W HE N

Fri 6 Sep, 8pm

It is perhaps slightly off-brand, but comedian Judith Lucy insists that Cormac McCarthy’s 1985 classic ‘anti-Western’ Blood Meridian is the novel she wishes to examine. Prepare for ‘vistas of gruesome violence’ as you dig deep into this historical tale.

Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a grim portrayal of San Francisco’s 1960’s counterculture, described as a ‘devastating depiction of the aimless lives of the disaffected and incoherent young’. New York Times bestselling essayist Sloane Crosley discusses.

Daniel Mallory Ortberg

Julian Burnside

W HE N

W HE N

Sat 7 Sep, 8pm

Human rights lawyer and humanitarian advocate Julian Burnside is also a lover of words. Here he will interrogate his favourite book, Kurt Vonnegut’s bestselling and darkly comic anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.

Sat 7 Sep, 6pm

Barbara Pym’s famous work, Excellent Women, is one of the author’s most amusing high comedies. Featuring not one, but two love triangles, it speaks to brilliant comedy writing and satire. Author and editor Daniel Mallory Ortberg wants to crack it open. 45


Image: ‘Choices’ from You Might Find Yourself by Tai Snaith

Tai Snaith: Drawing Live!

Family Day

WH EN 11am

W HE N Sun 1 Sep V EN UE The Wheeler Centre,

Performance Space

TIC K E TS Free, bookings required D U R AT I O N 45 min

Flaunt your heart on your sleeve, bear witness to daring fun, learn what really matters, and be inspired by the world’s possibilities at MWF’s Family Day.

Artist and writer Tai Snaith marries the act of making with the art of storytelling, and her book, You Might Find Yourself, opens up a world of possibility and wonder. Building a picture live on stage, she shares how endless life’s opportunities can be. 3+

Maxine Beneba Clarke: Fashionista WH EN 12.30pm

Work it, wear it, believe. Maxine Beneba Clarke’s latest picture book, Fashionista, encourages people of all ages to flaunt their hearts on their sleeves and express themselves the way they want to be. 3+

Oliver Phommavanh: Natural Born Loser W HE N 2pm

Like the characters in his books, Oliver Phommavanh always felt a little weird growing up. Join him for a pee-your-pants, laugh-out-loud lesson on how letting your creativity shine and being your wacky self is all that’s needed to be happy. 5+

Andrew Daddo: Sailing the Seven Seas W HE N 3.30pm

Old salt author Andrew Daddo and swashbuckling illustrator Stephen Michael King unfurl their masts and set sail in search of adventure. Will they find treasure? Monsters? Everlasting friendship? Only one way to find out! Join them on their raucous quest. 5+

A Not So Traditional Story W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 11am, 2pm, 4pm,

Sun 8 Sep 11am, 2pm

VE NUE Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio TI CKE TS $26

Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s beautiful production tells the tale of an epic quest across the island of lutruwita. This family-friendly production by Trawlwoolway playwright Nathan Maynard uses masks and shadow puppetry to tell an important story of culture and friendship. 5+ A creative collaboration with Arts Centre Melbourne

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Museum as Muse MWF and Museums Victoria present a range of riveting sessions for all tastes.

Image: Paul Stillen, Annie, 2019. Photograph courtesy of Lekhena Porter.

Muse in the Museum

The Story Experiment

W HE N

WH EN Sun 1 Sep, 10am–4.30pm

Melanie Cheng Sat 31 Aug, 1pm Samer Nashef Sat 7 Sep, 1pm V EN UE Melbourne Museum TIC K E TS $40

Explore the connections between bodies, minds and microbes as two authors and medical practitioners share their own reflections on the fascinating collection of items in Melbourne Museum’s exhibition Gut Feelings. Doctor and winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, Melanie Cheng will host the first intimate tour, while heart surgeon and author Samer Nashef will share his own personal connection.

V EN UE Scienceworks T ICKETS Free with museum entry

Dive deep and reach for the sky through story telling about the natural world. From tales of love at the micro-realm to stories set in the stars, we’re bringing science to life through a wonderland of tales and adventures.

Salon X W HE N Thu 5 Sep, 5–9.30pm VE NUE Immigration Museum TI CKE TS $25/$19

What stories do our bodies tell? Immigration Museum hosts a night of embodied storytelling and performances with diverse artists on themes of self-love, body positivity and intersectionality, alongside exhibitions exploring cultures of tattoo and mark-making in Samoa, Japan and locally.

Science Stories: Panel Discussion WH EN Sun 1 Sep, 12pm V EN UE Scienceworks T ICKETS $10/$8

Hello Possums Story Time W HE N Sun 1 Sep,

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

V EN UE Melbourne Museum

See page 21 for Nocturnal: Blak & Bright x MWF

TIC K E TS Free with museum entry

From hungry caterpillars to thirsty frogs and everything in between, join us as we explore stories and museum collection items that bring the pages to life. 5+

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Local Libraries TIC K E TS Free, bookings may be required

Your favourite authors travel to your local libraries for refreshing and engaging in-conversation events about their latest works. Alison Lester

Arab, Australian, Other

W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 10.30am

WH EN Mon 2 Sep, 6.30pm

V EN UE Cheltenham Library

V EN UE Newport Community Hub

Popular author and illustrator Alison Lester reads some of her favourite stories in this special event suitable for all ages.

Editors Randa Abdel-Fattah and Sara Saleh discuss their anthology Arab, Australian, Other, and the importance of community storytelling.

Kristina Olsson W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 11am V EN UE Mornington Library

Kristina Olsson is an awardwinning author and journalist. She discusses Shell, her bold new work capturing a defining moment in Australian history.

Sophie Cunningham W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 2pm V EN UE St Kilda Library

Sonia Orchard WH EN Tue 3 Sep, 6.30pm V EN UE Hawthorn Arts Centre

Into the Fire is the latest book from bestselling author Sonia Orchard. She discusses this new work exploring loss, guilt and womanhood.

John Connolly WH EN Wed 4 Sep, 7pm V EN UE Sam Merrifield Library

Sophie Cunningham speaks about her thought-provoking City of Trees, addressing how we can take in our planet’s beauty while processing its losses.

Lauded Irish crime writer John Connolly talks about the latest addition to the Charlie Parker series, A Book of Bones.

Melina Marchetta

Ali Cobby Eckermann

W HE N Sun 1 Sep, 2.30pm

WH EN Thu 5 Sep, 7pm

V EN UE Brighton Library

V EN UE Flemington Library

Award-winning Melina Marchetta chats about her new book, The Place on Dalhousie, a story of losing and finding love.

One of Australia’s most celebrated poets, Ali Cobby Eckermann discusses her body of work and the themes close to her heart.

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Bruce Pascoe W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 5pm VE NUE Doncaster Library

Highly lauded and award-winning Bunurong writer Bruce Pascoe speaks about the stories and essays in his new book, Salt.

Patrick deWitt W HE N Fri 6 Sep, 6pm VE NUE Eltham Library

Award-winning Canadian author Patrick deWitt discusses French Exit, his latest darkly comic novel about scandal and its fallout.

Fiona Wright W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 1pm VE NUE Frankston Library

Award-winning Fiona Wright talks about her essay collection, The World Was Whole, and how we inhabit and remember familiar spaces.

Sam George-Allen W HE N Sat 7 Sep, 2pm VE NUE St Kilda Library

Writer and musician Sam GeorgeAllen discusses her thoughtful work Witches: What Women Do Together, and how wherever women gather, magic happens.

Amal Awad W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 2.30pm VE NUE Beaumaris Library

Fridays with my Folks by author and journalist Amal Awad shares heartfelt and honest stories on aging, illness and life.


Brow Talks

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V EN UE State Library Victoria, North Rotunda T ICKETS Free

Literary journal The Lifted Brow showcases a series of talks featuring some of Australia’s most passionate writers, thinkers and artists. Peter Polites

Nicky Minus

W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 3pm

WH EN Sun 1 Sep, 3pm

W HE N Sun 8 Sep, 3pm

A transmasculine person approaches toxic masculinity from a new position, confronting newfound privileges and pressures while navigating a new mode of being. Non-binary writer Oliver Reeson discusses what it can feel like when you start to look like your oppressors.

Gay conservatives can wound queer communities in a way that their hetero counterparts can’t get away with. Novelist Peter Polites asks: what motivates a person to speak out against their personal identity, and how does this move them closer to power?

Humans face a situation not known since the end of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago: potential extinction – due to climate change. So what good is making creative work when everything could end? Nicky Minus talks about fighting for a better future through art.

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Oliver Reeson

MWF in Dandenong TIC K E TS Free, bookings required Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong

Peter Polites: The Pillars

SL Lim: Real Differences

W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 2.30pm

WH EN Sat 31 Aug, 4pm

V EN UE Dandenong Library

V EN UE Dandenong Library

W HE N Sat 31 Aug, 5.30pm

The anticipated follow up to Down the Hume, The Pillars is a darkly comic interrogation of consumerism, ambition, desire, and class. Author Peter Polites chats with Ronnie Scott about how these themes converge in this extraordinary new novel.

Described as Sally Rooneyesque, SL Lim’s Real Differences is filled with unforgettable characters all looking for the answer to the question of what a good life should look like. They discuss this gripping debut with Shu-Ling Chua.

VE NUE Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre

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Storytelling Live: Speaking of Love

Five poets converge and perform in this special showcase featuring work responding to the theme: Speaking of Love. With Indonesian writer Norman Erikson Pasaribu and lauded Melbourne talents Nour Abouzeid, Fury, Eleanor Jackson and Magan Magan.


Artists Randa Abdel-Fattah.......... 22, 28, 42, 48 Nour Abouzeid.................................49 Dvir Abramovich............................... 8 Wahid Al Mamun............... mwf.com.au Becky Albertalli........................... 16, 28 Narges Alizadeh................ mwf.com.au Lorena Allam................................... 42 Allara............................................. 26 Charlotte Allingham......................... 35 Dennis Altman.................................30 Mama Alto................................. 25, 27 Roj Amedi....................................... 25 Eunice Andrada........................... 30, 42 Rachel Ang...................................... 35 Harry James Angus..................... 20, 33 Manisha Anjali........................ 14, 15, 42 Adolfo Aranjuez.......................... 25, 33 Robyn Archer................................... 31 Tina Arena....................................... 26 Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind............................. mwf.com.au Azizeh Astaneh................................ 34 Amal Awad........................23, 27, 40, 48 Scarlette Baccini.............................. 35 Emilie Zoey Baker............................. 14 Helen Baker..................................... 15 Jack Banister................................... 42 Becky Lou......................... mwf.com.au Maxine Beneba Clarke......................46 Casey Bennetto............................... 15 Jay Bernard................................ 25, 34 Kate Berry....................................... 15 Tony Birch.................................. 22, 30 Birdz...........................................21, 26 Angelita Biscotti.............................. 32 Alice Bishop..................................... 43 Emily Bitto...................................... 41 Khandis Blake...................................11 David Blumenstein........................... 35 Marian Blythe................... mwf.com.au Clare Bowditch................................ 33 Mark Brandi..................................... 9 Hannah Brontë................. mwf.com.au Aretha Brown.............................. 15, 18 Bob Brown...................................... 20 Jax Jacki Brown............................... 17 Fee B-Squared.................................. 6 Julian Burnside................................ 45 Andy Butler..................................... 34 Bridget Caldwell................ mwf.com.au Paul Callaghan................. mwf.com.au Jane Caro.....................................7, 17 Shayne Carter.................................. 33 Mridula Nath Chakraborty................ 23 Bernice Chauly.................. mwf.com.au Deborah Cheetham.......................... 26 Nadine Chemali............................... 33 Melanie Cheng................... 22, 30, 31, 47 Clea Chiller...................................... 35 Tasneem Chopra............... mwf.com.au Shu-Ling Chua.................................49 Helen Clark...................................... 6 Justin Clemens................................ 41 Ali Cobby Eckermann..........21, 22, 34, 48

Claire G Coleman............................. 22 Clare Connelly................................. 32 John Connolly............................. 42, 48 Stephanie Convery............ mwf.com.au Sam Cooney..................... mwf.com.au Patricia Cornelius.............................30 Creatrix Tiara................................... 33 Sloane Crosley...................... 5, 9, 13, 45 Sophie Cunningham.................... 31, 48 Kate Cuthbert.................................. 32 Andrew Daddo............................20, 46 Sushi Das.................................... 15, 19 Maude Davey.................... mwf.com.au Oslo Davis....................................... 35 Daniel de Lorne...................... 25, 32, 40 Joel Deane...................................... 42 Alejandro Del Castillo........................ 22 Catherine Deveny......................... 11, 15 Patrick deWitt............................ 18, 48 Demet Divaroren.............................. 34 DJ KYAANZ...................................... 21 Andrew Dodd................................... 42 Ben Doherty.................................... 23 Tom Doig........................................30 Hannah Donnelly..........................4, 20 Madeleine Dore....................... 11, 33, 38 Tishani Doshi......................... 23, 34, 37 Jennifer Down................................. 43 DRMNGNOW................................... 21 Quinn Eades.................................... 25 Michael Earp................................... 28 Honor Eastly.................................... 12 Anne Edmonds................................. 14 Kutcha Edwards............................... 26 Mark Elgar........................................11 Laura Elvery................................ 40, 43 Alison Evans............................... 25, 28 Eve L Ewing....................................7, 9 Peter Fenton.......................... 33, 34, 39 Future D Fidel............................. 23, 27 Carly Findlay................................... 20 Darren Fisher................................... 35 Kitty Flanagan...................................4 Penny Flanagan.................................4 Richard Flanagan............................. 19 Elizabeth Flux................... mwf.com.au Ben Folds......................................... 6 Clementine Ford..................... 17, 20, 27 Zoë Foster Blake............................... 33 David Francis...............................14, 25 Peggy Frew...................................... 34 Sosefina Fuamoli............... mwf.com.au Issey Fujishima................................. 35 Fury........................................... 34, 49 Enza Gandolfo ................................30 Jane Gazzo....................... mwf.com.au Sam George-Allen.................. 33, 40, 48 Jane Gilmore...............................11, 34 Moreno Giovannoni.......................... 14 Vivien Goldman............................... 26 Andrea Goldsmith...................15, 23, 30 Goodie............................................ 38 Christine Gordon.............................. 43 Kim Gordon...................................... 6 Ginger Gorman........................... 40, 42 Nayuka Gorrie....................21, 25, 31, 33 Anne Gracie.................................... 32 Dave Graney................................11, 34

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Stan Grant...................................... 18 Amy Gray................................... 30, 42 Bella Green......................................11 Andy Griffiths................... mwf.com.au Jill Griffiths.......................................4 Eloise Grills....................... mwf.com.au Betty Grumble..............................4, 39 Dominic Guerrera............................. 33 Jenna Guillaume.............................. 28 Habiburahman................................ 20 Callan Hales..................... mwf.com.au Leanne Hall..................................... 43 Ruby Hamad.............................. 23, 27 Abdul Hammoud.............. mwf.com.au Lesley Harding................................. 42 Marieke Hardy................................. 23 Andreas Harsono........................ 22, 40 Sarah Hayes.................................... 33 Tamzen Hayes................................. 38 Geraldine Hickey.............................. 15 Crusader Hillis................................. 15 HipHopHoe...................... mwf.com.au Karen Hitchcock.............................. 31 Peter Hitchener................................ 35 Nic Holas...............................18, 25, 33 Chloe Hooper.................................. 14 Cat Hope........................................ 26 Sacha Horler...........................11, 15, 39 Alison Huber.................................... 43 Nazeem Hussain..............................44 Shakira Hussein............................... 34 Ben Hutchings................................. 35 Justine Hyde.................................... 31 Hella Ibrahim................................... 23 Lora Inak.......................... mwf.com.au Ivor Indyk........................................ 42 Joshua Ip......................... mwf.com.au Antoni Jach...................... mwf.com.au Andy Jackson.................................. 23 Eleanor Jackson..................... 25, 34, 49 Thomas John Jaspers......... mwf.com.au Ele Jenkins...................................... 35 Erik Jensen..................................19, 42 Amanda Johnson............................. 41 Tayari Jones.......................................7 Toni Jordan..................................19, 32 Hannah Joy..................................... 26 Dion Kagan..................................... 25 Amie Kaufman................................. 28 Melissa Keil....................... mwf.com.au Paul Kelly........................................ 16 Cate Kennedy.................................. 41 Paul Kennedy................................... 16 Nina Kenwood................................. 28 Jordi Kerr......................... mwf.com.au Samia Khatun.............................. 17, 22 Jules Kim......................... mwf.com.au Stephen Michael King.......................46 Krissy Kneen............................... 20, 23 Melanie Knight.................................11 Lee Kofman..................................... 12 Will Kostakis................................ 11, 28 Kōtare (fka DJ Sezzo)......... mwf.com.au Sarah Krasnostein....................... 27, 30 Anna Krien......................................30 Erin Kyan......................................... 33 Bert LaBonté.................... mwf.com.au Colin Lane....................................... 42


Lex Lasry......................................... 19 Jack Latimore............................. 20, 42 Jamie Marina Lau............................. 42 Vicki Laveau-Harvie.......................... 27 Tali Lavi............................ mwf.com.au Benjamin Law....................................7 Jes Layton....................................... 28 Jacinta Le Plastrier...........................30 Michele Lee...................... mwf.com.au Nicole Lee....................................... 34 Leisl Leighton................................... 32 Karen Leng....................... mwf.com.au Alison Lester....................................48 Lawrence Leung............................... 15 Maria Lewis..................................... 32 Bella Li............................................ 42 Jerome Lim...................... mwf.com.au Rebecca Lim.................................... 28 SL Lim....................................... 25, 49 Deborah Lipstadt..........................8, 42 Caro Llewellyn.............................20, 31 Jessie Lloyd..................................... 15 Chandani Lokuge.............................. 8 Low Ton........................... mwf.com.au Shawn Lu........................................ 38 Emily Lubitz................................ 20, 33 Melissa Lucashenko.......................... 22 Judith Lucy...................................... 45 Scott Ludlam.............................. 18, 44 Robert Lukins.................................. 42 Magan Magan............................ 23, 49 Urvi Majumdar................................ 15 Irris Makler......................................30 CB Mako......................................... 28 Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi........................... 5, 20, 23, 43 Fazileh Mansour Beigi........ mwf.com.au Melina Marchetta................... 16, 28, 48 Selina Tusitala Marsh........................ 34 Marie Matteson............................... 43 Maureen Matthews.......................... 32 Jini Maxwell..................................... 34 Jodi McAlister............................. 28, 32 Kate McCartney............................... 13 David McCooey................................30 Val McDermid............................5, 9, 25 Fiona McGregor.......................... 25, 38 Luke McGregor................................. 27 Jess McGuire............................... 11, 25 Khale McHurst................................. 35 Leah Jing McIntosh........................... 42 Martin McKenzie-Murray.................... 8 DeRay Mckesson........................... 7, 25 Kate McLennan................................ 13 Angie McMahon............................... 26 Hilary McPhee ................................. 43 George Megalogenis.................... 18, 34 Angela Meyer................................... 43 Amy Middleton........................... 14, 33 Melanie Milburne............................. 32 Miles and Simone............................. 15 Alex Miller.......................................30 Louise Milligan.................................. 8 Barbara Minchinton.......................... 33 Nicky Minus.....................................49 Miss Blanks..................................... 33 Emiliano Monge............................8, 22 Vanessa Muradian............................ 14

David Murphy................... mwf.com.au Fiona Murphy.................... mwf.com.au Peta Murray..................................... 41 Brian Nankervis...............................44 Samer Nashef..............................31, 47 Vicky Nguyen................................... 35 Kristina Olsson.......................30, 40, 48 Thuy On.......................................... 42 Meriki Onus..................................... 17 Tarneen Onus Williams................. 34, 35 Sonia Orchard..................................48 Mandy Ord.............................15, 20, 35 Daniel Mallory Ortberg......... 13, 17, 27, 45 CS Pacat......................................... 32 Alvin Pang........................ mwf.com.au Alex Papps...................................... 20 Max Pasakorn................... mwf.com.au Norman Erikson Pasaribu........ 22, 25, 49 Bruce Pascoe......................... 30, 43, 48 AS Patrić......................................... 12 Fiona Patten............................11, 19, 33 Raina Peterson.................. mwf.com.au Oliver Phommavanh.........................46 Marguerite Picard............................ 15 Charlie Pickering............................... 6 Felicity Plunkett...............................30 Peter Polites............................... 25, 49 JP Pomare....................................... 43 Alice Pung............................. 20, 34, 43 Bhakthi Puvanenthiran..................... 42 Ben Quilty....................................... 19 Joanne Ramos..............................8, 20 Nicola Redhouse.............................. 20 Oliver Reeson...................................49 Harry Reid....................................... 34 Francesca Rendle-Short..... mwf.com.au Reko Rennie.................................... 34 Felix Riebl........................................ 26 Stuart Ringholt................................ 39 David Ritter.....................................30 Jamila Rizvi..................................... 19 Archie Roach................................... 26 Alice Robinson................................. 20 Amanda Roff................................... 26 Michael Rowland.............................. 17 Mark Rubbo..................................... 43 Sally Rugg................................... 11, 25 Omar Sakr................................4, 17, 23 Sara Saleh........................ 22, 23, 40, 48 Sasha Marianna Salzmann........... 23, 25 Sumudu Samarawickrama................ 34 Osamah Sami..............................15, 27 Daniel Santangeli............................. 25 Angela Savage.............................16, 22 Cash Savage.................................... 33 Rajith Savanadasa............ mwf.com.au Niki Savva....................................... 19 Denise Scott......................................7 Ronnie Scott................................11, 49 Sami Shah................................9, 17, 44 Ang Shuang...................... mwf.com.au Lefa Singleton Norton........ mwf.com.au Pamela SK........................ mwf.com.au Michelle Smith................................. 28 Sasha Smith.................................... 33 Tai Snaith.............................. 34, 35, 46 Tim Soutphommasane................. 18, 42 Melanie Stapleton............................ 14

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Jason Steger............................ 9, 39, 42 Yumi Stynes................................. 11, 13 Veronica Sullivan......................... 30, 43 Louise Swinn....................................30 Shaun Tan....................................... 35 Drew Hayden Taylor....................... 5, 31 Lenore Taylor................................... 42 Xiao Ting Teo.................... mwf.com.au Thando........................................5, 26 The Boon Companions................... 4, 14 Rita Therese............................... 20, 33 Paul Thomas.................................... 20 Lidia Thorpe................................21, 34 Carrie Tiffany......................... 20, 34, 43 Kate Torney.................................. 6, 16 Virginia Trioli................................ 16, 17 Christos Tsiolkas...........................16, 22 Maria Tumarkin............................ 15, 41 Emily Ulman..................... mwf.com.au Urthboy.......................................... 26 Karina Utomo.................................. 26 Frankie Valentine............................. 14 Nath Valvo...................................... 14 Ellen van Neerven.................... 21, 27, 30 Stephanie van Schilt.......... mwf.com.au Ecca Vandal.................................... 26 Denise Varney.................................. 41 Saba Vasefi..................................... 23 Henry Wagons................................. 38 Calla Wahlquist................................ 32 Don Walker...................................... 16 Sarah Walker.................... mwf.com.au Adele Walsh...................... mwf.com.au Jessica Walton................................. 33 Natalie Wang................... mwf.com.au Peter Waples-Crowe......................... 25 Marlee Jane Ward............................. 28 Sarah Ward...................... mwf.com.au Sally Warhaft................................8, 22 Myf Warhurst................................... 13 Imam Nur Warsame......................... 15 Khalid Warsame............................... 23 Kirsty Webeck.............................. 15, 31 Tamsien West................... mwf.com.au Sean M Whelan............................ 14, 15 Christian White................................. 9 Corey White........................... 20, 30, 43 Lili Wilkinson................................... 28 Alice Williams.................................. 15 Michael Williams..........................16, 18 Sara Wills........................................ 41 Tara June Winch............................... 42 Alexis Wright................................... 41 Clare Wright.................................... 34 Fiona Wright......................12, 33, 34, 48 Tyson Yunkaporta............................. 43 Ahmed Yussuf.................................. 34 Arnold Zable............................... 30, 41 Sista Zai Zanda................................ 23 Stev Zar........................... mwf.com.au Alice Zaslavsky................................. 15 Tamara Zimet................................... 9 Nevo Zisin................................... 14, 15


Our People Thanks to our MWF Donors

MWF Board John Jerome Myers (Chair), Jayne Dullard (Deputy Chair), Fahim Ahad (Treasurer), Phillip Benedetti, Jill Campbell (Secretary), Astrid Edwards, Karen Monaghan, Jamila Rizvi, Robert Sessions AM

Literary Epic $20,000+ John Jerome Myers, Maria & Allan J Myers QC AC, Hart Line Fund a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation

Novel $10,000+

MWF Staff

Paul Andrews, Barlow Foundation, David Parncutt, Maureen & Tony Wheeler, Anonymous (1)

CEO Rebecca MacFarling

Novella $5,000+

Artistic Director Marieke Hardy

BB & A Miller Fund a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation, Finkel Foundation, Rosemary Geer, Leg Up Foundation, Dr George & Rosa Morstyn

Head of Marketing and Development Tania Owen Program Manager Gene Smith

Short Story $1,000 – $4,999

Development Manager Iain Finlayson

Fahim Ahad, Phillip Benedetti, Sally Browne Fund a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation, Ann & Michael Cohn, Dominic Dirupo, Jayne Dullard, Astrid Edwards, Irene Kearsey, Rebecca MacFarling & Paul Warnes, Bernard Marin, McLeod Family Foundation, The Myer Foundation, Cecilia J Myers, Jamila Rizvi, Mark Rubbo OAM, Shelmerdine Family, Ricci Swart, Michael Webster, Harrison Young, Anonymous (1)

Marketing Campaign Manager Alexia Jordan Production Manager Emily O’Brien Ticketing and Sales Manager Mitch Todd Creative Producer Edwina FitzPatrick

Haiku $500 – $999 Mary & John Barlow, Gerry Georgatos, Robert Sessions AM, Jane Smith, Linda White, Janet Whiting, Anonymous (1)

Venues and Front of House Coordinator Jesse Hilford Festival Administrator Jessica Harvie

Festival Supporters

Program Coordinator Elise Barton

Afro Hub, Ancestry.com.au, Australian Poetry, APRA AMCOS, Blak & Bright, Cinema Nova, City of Greater Dandenong, Embassy of Mexico in Australia, Evan Evans, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Human Rights Watch, Mexican Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID), The Moat, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne Jewish Book Week, PEN Melbourne, Public Record Office Victoria, The Melbourne Gin Company, the Wheeler Centre, WrICE, Writers Victoria

Digital Campaign Coordinator Holly Reid Bookkeeper Joey Chen Publicity CPR Communications & Public Relations Interns Michelle Buckley, Hannah Disher, Katerina Hanzl, Jessica Strong

Melbourne Writers Festival has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body.

The information in this guide is correct at time of printing (June 2019). Visit our website for updates.

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Our Partners

We thank our partners for their generous support.

Major Partners

Official Bookseller

Education Partners

Media Partners

Festival Partners

Cultural Partners


FESTIVAL Planner

mwf.com.au


Tickets & Access MWF Box Office Festival Passes Festival Passes can be redeemed on MWF19 sessions priced at $25, $19 or $15. Visit the website to find out more about eligible sessions. Session Times Festival events are 60 minutes in duration unless otherwise stated. External Ticketing Please note that some MWF19 sessions in satellite venues are sold by external ticketing agencies and may incur a transaction or administration fee. Terms and Conditions Visit mwf.com.au for booking terms and conditions.

Help Us Create a Festival for Everyone We want all Victorians to enjoy MWF but we need your help. Contact Development Manager Iain Finlayson at development@mwf.com.au or call 03 9094 7861 to find out more. National Relay Service If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have difficulty speaking, contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or via relayservice.com.au, then ask for 03 9999 1199 during business hours. There is no additional charge for this service. Assistive Listening Hearing loops are available in many venues.

Access MWF is committed to making the Festival accessible for all. We provide a range of accessible services and facilities so that all booklovers and storytellers have access to the Festival. Find out more about our venues and access services. Visit mwf.com.au/access Phone 03 9999 1199 Email ticketing@mwf.com.au You can refer to the following symbols on our website: Wheelchair access

Auslan interpreted

Assistive listening

Family friendly

Over 18 only Wheelchair Access Wheelchair access is available at all MWF sessions. Service Animals Trained guide, hearing and any other registered assistance dogs are welcome at all Festival venues. Companion Card MWF supports and accepts the Companion Card.

Auslan Interpreters Auslan will be provided at some key events in our program. If you have further suggestions for Auslan at other sessions, please get in touch. Cultural Sensitivity and Safe Spaces Not sure about the feel of any of our venues? Get in touch! All of our events will also have a Safe Space volunteer.

Low Vision? Contact the MWF Box office for information about reserved seating in venues for attendees with low vision. Plain Text or Large Text We can send you a plain text or large text version of this program. Vision Australia Radio We are proud of our continued partnership with Vision Australia radio who will feature interviews and programs with some of our authors. Find out more at radio.visionaustralia.org


Map & Venues RUSSELL STREET tram routes 30, 35

Public entry door 6

Readings Bookshop

Isabella Fraser Room

R M I T U N I V E R S I T Y, MELBOURNE CITY CAMPUS

Toilets Village Lift Roadshow Theatrette The Wheeler Centre Toilets Lift

Foresters Hall

Kaleide Theatre

Storey Hall

tram routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Victoria Room

QV B U I L D I N G Toilets

Black Box

The Moat

No Vacancy Gallery

Toilets

MWF Box Office

MELBOURNE CENTR AL

SWANSTON STREET

Outside Map Venues

MWF Box Office

Afro Hub Arts Centre Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre The Capitol Dandenong Library Gasworks Theatre Footscray Community Arts Centre Immigration Museum KSR Art Bar Melbourne Museum NGV International Public Records Office Victoria Scienceworks The Toff in Town The University of Melbourne Treasury Theatre Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre

Buy tickets online, over the phone or in person. Pre-Festival (11 Jul–18 Aug) Melbourne Writers Festival Level 1, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Open 10am–4pm, Mon to Fri In-Festival (19 Aug–8 Sep) State Library Victoria forecourt, Swanston Street Open 10am to 30 minutes after last session commences, daily Visit mwf.com.au Phone 03 9999 1199

LONSDALE STREET

LA TROBE STREET

North Rotunda

LITTLE LONSDALE STREET

STAT E L I B R A RY VICTORIA


Festival Planner Saturday 31 August STATE LIBRARY VICTORIA

RMIT THE CAPITOL

THE WHEELER CENTRE

ATHENAEUM

THE MOAT

THE TOFF IN TOWN

Village Roadshow Theatrette

Isabella Fraser Room

Anger and Justice

Readings Recommends: Prize for New Australian Fiction

Writers Across Borders

The Old Lie

Happily Ever After?

The Politics of Disgust

Bodies for Sale

Marry Your Friends

Arab, Australian, Other

Duets: Felix Riebl & Thando

MOBR: Curators in Conversation

Watching Them Grow: From Page to Screen

The Language of Flowers

Tony Birch: The White Girl

Emiliano Monge: Among the Lost

The Fifth Estate: The Future of Indonesia

Ben Quilty: Reckoning

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

When We Talk About Motherhood

The Opposite of Love

Samia Khatun: Australianama

Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

Journalism: Heartbreak and Resolve

Love Letter to Myself

PEN Lecture: Untying the Tongue

When We Talk About Home

Tales for Sad and Weary Hearts

Performance Space

Kaleide Theatre

9.30am 10.00am 10.30am

Coffee and Conversation: Letters for Loneliness

The Power and the Passion

11.00am 11.30am Claire G Coleman: 12.00pm 12.30pm 1.00pm 1.30pm 2.00pm 2.30pm 3.00pm 3.30pm 4.00pm 4.30pm

Breaking Down the Publishing World

It’s Been a Pleasure

5.00pm 5.30pm 6.00pm

Writing Rap

Growing Up African in Australia

6.30pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 8.00pm 8.30pm

Poetry and Jazz Party

9.00pm

Hen’s Night with the Kates

Ben Folds: About Lightning Bugs Take It From Me: Will Kostakis & Sally Rugg

9.30pm 10.00pm

Sunday 1 September STATE LIBRARY VICTORIA

RMIT THE CAPITOL

Village Roadshow Theatrette

Isabella Fraser Room

Kaleide Theatre

Celebrating Victorian Writers

Readings Recommends: Young Adult Book Prize

Sasha Marianna Salzmann: Beside Myself

Why YA?

Tishani Doshi: Small Days and Nights

Black Box

THE WHEELER CENTRE

QUEEN VICTORIA WOMEN’S CENTRE

Performance Space

Victoria Room

THE MOAT

THE TOFF IN TOWN

9.30am 10.00am 10.30am

The Pleasure of Guilty

11.00am 11.30am 12.00pm

Meet Me at the Intersection

Tai Snaith: Drawing Live

1.30pm

Kindred: Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

It’s Complicated

When We Talk About Bodies

Never-Said Motel

With Love, Me

2.00pm 2.30pm 3.00pm

Don Walker: Songs

Your Chosen Family

Pop Culture Currency

YA’ll Are Thirsty: Romantic FanFic Showcase

Ask Me Anything: Amie Kaufman

Imagine Me and You: Andrew Daddo & Alex Papps

Grumble Bum Panel Party

Becky Albertalli: Love, Simon

Beloved: Intimate Verses

Sex Work on the Page

Jane Caro: Accidental Feminists

Interdiscplinary

Never-Said Motel

3.30pm 4.00pm 4.30pm

The Heart Bent

Fiona McGregor: A Novel Idea

Kim Gordon: In Conversation

5.00pm 5.30pm 6.00pm 6.30pm 7.00pm 7.30pm

I Do’s and I Don’t’s

Labour of Love

12.30pm 1.00pm

YA’ll for Brunch?

Maxine Beneba Clarke: Fashionista

Confetti Freedom

Oliver Phommavanh: Natural Born Loser Andrew Daddo: Sailing the Seven Seas

Mia Muse

Powerful Landmarks

Stripped Queers Reading


This planner offers you a bird’s eye view of MWF’s full days of programming to help you plan your Festival experience. Sessions that do not appear in this planner can be found in the main program guide. Friday 6 September STATE LIBRARY VICTORIA

RMIT

THE WHEELER CENTRE THE MOAT

Village Roadshow Theatrette

Isabella Fraser Room

Kaleide Theatre

Performance Space

Choice Words: Writing About Abortion

Readings Recommends: Indigenous Non-Fiction

The Personal in Art

Just Add Love

The Child Within

Leave the Lights on Please

Sexuality and Disability: The Intersection

Melanie Cheng: Room for a Stranger

Robert Lukins: The Everlasting Sunday

While the World Burns

MELBOURNE MUSEUM

9.30am 10.00am 10.30am

Coffee and Conversation: Why Do Fools Fall In Love?

11.00am 11.30am 12.00pm 12.30pm 1.00pm 1.30pm

Corey White: The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory

2.00pm 2.30pm 3.00pm

Reckoning With the Past

Duets: Tina Arena & Deborah Cheetham

Love All

What We Learn From Heartbreak

Storytelling is the Best Medicine

Peter Steele Lecture: Joel Deane

Creative Love Affairs

Love in the Age of Reality TV

The Road to the Ballot Box

Duets: Allara & Archie Roach

3.30pm 4.00pm 4.30pm 5.00pm 5.30pm 6.00pm 6.30pm 7.00pm 7.30pm

The Particular is the Universal

Blak & Bright: Festival Opening

Slam-O-Vision

8.00pm 8.30pm

Nocturnal: Blak & Bright x MWF

9.00pm 9.30pm

Take It From Me: Sacha Horler & Yumi Stynes

10.00pm 10.30pm

Saturday 7 September STATE LIBRARY VICTORIA

RMIT

RMIT

THE WHEELER CENTRE Performance Space

THE MOAT

THE TOFF IN TOWN

Village Roadshow Theatrette

Isabella Fraser Room

Kaleide Theatre

Storey Hall

Guardian Australia: The Unmissables

Readings Recommends: New Voices in Local Fiction

Andrea Goldsmith: Invented Lives

Love Letter to a Book

Muses of Music

Duets: Vivien Goldman & Amanda Roff

The ASH Podcast

Teenage Heartthrobs

Charlotte Allingham: The Power of the Image

How to Have a Friendly Divorce

Ruby Hamad: White Tears/Brown Scars

Duets: Cat Hope & Karina Utomo

Shayne Carter: Dead People I Have Known

Stan Grant: Who Are We?

Oslo Davis & Peter Hitchener

Saying No

For the Love of Comedy

Duets: Hannah Joy & Angie McMahon

Imagine Me and You: Bob Brown & Paul Thomas

Sloane Crosley: Look Alive Out There

Drawing the Truth

I Don’t Want You Back

Australian Centre Literary Awards

Samer Nashef: The Angina Monologues

Image Me and You: Emily Lubitz & Harry James Angus

Patrick deWitt: On Self-Immolation

Shaun Tan: A Meditation on Belonging

Making It Funny

9.30am 10.00am 10.30am

Coffee and Conversation: Fixing the Headlines

11.00am 11.30am 12.00pm 12.30pm 1.00pm 1.30pm 2.00pm 2.30pm 3.00pm 3.30pm 4.00pm 4.30pm 5.00pm 5.30pm 6.00pm 6.30pm

Live and Loud Literary Showcase

Yumi Stynes’ Wedding Reception

7.00pm 7.30pm 8.00pm 8.30pm

Richard Flanagan: You Win Some, You Lose Some

Blak & Bright: Treaty, Yeah

Miles and Simone: Endings

9.00pm 9.30pm 10.00pm

Take It From Me: Bella Green & Ronnie Scott


Buy a Festival Pass Make great savings with a 5 or 10 session Festival Pass from $79. Book now at mwf.com.au Sunday 8 September STATE LIBRARY VICTORIA

RMIT

RMIT

THE WHEELER CENTRE

Kaleide Theatre

Storey Hall

Performance Space

Fall of the Prince

Romance as Resistance

THE MOAT

THE TOFF IN TOWN

Village Roadshow Theatrette

Isabella Fraser Room

Dating in the Digital Age

Readings Recommends: 50 Years of Australian Bookselling

Sophie Cunningham: City of Trees

Marriage Equality and Other Surprises

Caro Llewellyn: Diving Into Glass

Dear Prudence: Live

Who Gets to Love?

‘Til Death Do Us Part

Lives in Exile

Short Stories, Big Impacts

Home Is Where The Club Is

Love Letter to the Future

A Swelling in his Loins

Eating Your Feelings

On Power and Voice

Duets: Birdz & Kutcha Edwards

Family Violence

For the Love of Crime

Unpicking Classic Romances

More Than A Whelan: Sad is Rad

When We Talk About Family

Duets: Urthboy & Ecca Vandal

Queer Fear

Helen Clark: Women, Equality, Power

On Sex and Romance

The Mass of Lament

9.30am 10.00am 10.30am

Coffee and Conversation: Alone Doesn’t Have to Mean Lonely

11.00am 11.30am 12.00pm 12.30pm 1.00pm 1.30pm 2.00pm 2.30pm 3.00pm 3.30pm 4.00pm 4.30pm 5.00pm 5.30pm 6.00pm 6.30pm 7.00pm

Closing Night: Last Goodbye

7.30pm 8.00pm

Weekday Highlights

Opening Night: First Hello page 4

DeRay Mckesson: On the Other Side of Freedom

Workshops and masterclasses

Eve L Ewing: Ironheart

page 6

page 9

The Fifth Estate: Antisemitism

Weekday conversations

page 9

Festival Bar at The Moat page 11

Screening

Writing: A Liminal Art

Praise: Screening and Q&A

page 42–43

page 39

Awards and orations

Love & Melbourne page 22–23

Museums and exhibitions

page 42–43

Local Libraries

page 33

page 12

page 40–41

page 48–49

Book Clubs page 44–45

Museum of Broken Madame Brussels’ Melbourne Relationships

Theatre

I Want to Know What Love Is page 39

A Not So Traditional Story page 46

Duality page 39

Museum as Muse page 47

Experiential

Letters to My Broken Heart page 39


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