Tickets for the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival are now on sale.
This year the Festival will connect writers and stories from across the planet to celebrate a world of literature, explore universal ideas, and inspire a global community of readers. Find your own way into our packed program by delving into streams including Art, Design & Innovation; Food, Wine & Travel; Music & Performance; World Literature; and Local Luminaries.
Our Connect & Explore stream will connect enquiring minds with fun literary adventures, whether by tram, by foot, or in the back of a caravan! Further socialising is encouraged as wine and words meet in the Festival Club at Optic, at the heart of our Festival Hub at Fed Square.
With 400 artists, 400 events, 100 free events and 40 venues there really is something for everyone. Dive in, discover something new, discuss and debate, and don’t hold back!
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Thu 21 Aug 6.30pm
Venue Melbourne Town Hall
Helen Garner is an Australian literary legend: her novels, short stories and non-fiction have influenced generations of writers and readers. In this Festival exclusive, Helen Garner discusses her latest book This House of Grief, a harrowing account of the trial of Robert Farquharson, convicted of drowning his three sons on Father’s Day 2005. In conversation with Ramona Koval.
This is an Auslan interpreted event.
Proudly Supported by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne
Salman Rushdie, novelist and essayist, is the best and perhaps most controversial writer of the twentieth century. In 2012, he published Joseph Anton: A Memoir, about his life in the wake of the controversy over his award winning novel, The Satanic Verses. Meet the thinker behind the extraordinary writing in this intimate literary discussion.
Includes wine and light canapes.
Fri 29 Aug 12.30pm
Venue Arthur Streeton Auditorium, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including most recently Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. Eggers is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is also the co-founder of ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organisation designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible and 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country. Centers inspired by the 826 model have opened across the globe, including 100 Story Building and Sydney Story Factory in Australia.
2014 MWF Appearances
Session:Date: Meet McSweeney'sSat 30th Aug 3.30pm Creativity, Childhood & ReadingSun 31st Aug 10.30am Dave Eggers: Closing Night AddressSun 31st Aug 6.00pm