Monday, 24 August 2015

Extraordinary Writers and Their Ordinary Routines

By Sherryn Hind

The Northcote Town Hall’s imposing double doors lent an air of anticipation to the audience waiting for the Extraordinary Routines session that promised a glimpse into the hidden world of the writer. The event didn’t disappoint making the effort of dragging one’s self into the city on a Sunday morning worthwhile. 

An “Extremist Fan-girl’s” take on Aussie Bestsellers Liane Moriarty and Graeme Simsion

By Sarah Halfpenny


It’s July 10 2015 and an email arrives: I’ve been selected to review the ‘Aussie Bestsellers’ session at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Picture Books Rule the World!

By Margaret Robson Kett

Kitty Crowther asserts that ‘drawing is writing – a form of language’.  Shaun Tan agrees, adding that he ‘draws and writes with a crazy child-like brain.’ Host Bernard Caleo, a self-described comic book communicator, introduces Crowther as the best thing to come out of Brussels since Tintin, and Tan the ‘only thing to come out of Perth’.

Writing for what you believe in: Putting your identity in your writing

By Jake Addams


The Economist announced recently that Melbourne had been named ‘world’s most liveable city’ for the fifth year in a row. Disability and queer rights activist Jax Jacki Brown asks for whom exactly is this city 'most liveable' when she finds it near-impossible even to take a tram because of her disability?

Losing It: Between the Lines

By Sarah Hearn


Vivacious literary and cultural historian Jodi McAlister defines virginity as “the only word in the English language that describes having never done something” much to the amusement of an attentive Melbourne Writers Festival audience.

Get Creative: Just Do It!

By Maria Dunne


Selfies are often seen as narcissistic, vain and egotistical, but at ‘Workshop: Selfie Stories’ I met two women, Minna Gilligan and Natalie Tran, self-proclaimed ‘Defenders of the Common Selfie!’ who challenged that way of thinking.

Gender Equality: an Uncomfortable Truth

By Marcelle Liemant


Anne Summers is a leading feminist and the author of of Damned Whores and God’s Police, published in 1975. This session, Damned Whores and Gods Police: 40 Years On, hosted by the National Wool Museum, was a then-and-now look at gender equality. What has changed in the last 40 years, what hasn’t and what still needs to?