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melbourne writers festival


Flowers are blooming, leaves unfurling. The skies are beginning to clear and the insipid winter sun is finally rediscovering its bite. While our friends in the north sigh with the last throws of summer, here at the bottom of the world the coldest months of the year are finally coming to an end.

As Mr Tolstoy once wrote,  ‘Spring is the time of plans and projects’ – a conjecture with which Melbourne clearly agrees. Because in this city, spring brings festivals – and more festivals. And then a few more.

It all kicks off on 23 August with the Melbourne Writers Festival, which stitches together the end of winter and the start of spring with a programme full of brain-itching events.

The MWF features panel discussions, seminars, book launches, readings, film screenings … the list goes on. This year I’m particularly excited to see a group of events featuring writers and editors from The New Yorker, that bastion of great long-form journalism.

Most events cost around the $20 mark, but there are also a number of free ones. Some events are already sold out, so if you’re keen to attend the festival you’d better start booking tickets. For a full run-down of the MWF programme, visit the festival website.


Melbourne Writers Festival

When: 23 August–2 September 2012

Where: Various venues


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