It was 9am. Ticket sales had just opened on the Melbourne Writers Festival website. And I was waiting, eagerly.
I’ve been hearing whispers, snippets, tweets and mutterings regarding some of the incredible authors, writers, editors and speakers who will be speaking at this year’s MWF but it wasn’t until I started browsing the 250+ events list that I started to feel overwhelmed with choice. A lot of the authors I’d like to see at MWF are authors I’ve discovered over the last year or so and they’re the people whose books I’ve reviewed on this very blog. How am I possibly going to be able to whittle down/have enough time to see all of these fantastic people?
The truth is, I won’t be able to see everything and everyone I’d like to (a girl can dream) and so, instead, I have come up with a concise list of what I think are the absolute must-see events at this year’s festival of books, dreams, unicorns and lollipops, or as everyone else is calling it, Melbourne Writers Festival.
Saturday 27th August
Winning Women featuring Charlotte Wood, Eimer McBride & Aviva Tuffield
Helen Garner: Everywhere I Look featuring Helen Garner and John Freeman
Sunday 28th August
Feminism Then & Now featuring Anne Summers and Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Feminism Online featuring Jax Jacki Brown, Cristy Clark, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen
Wednesday 31st August
Local Libraries featuring Peggy Frew and Toni Jordan
Saturday 3rd September
Publishing Now featuring Cate Kennedy, Peter Mews, Mark Rubbo OAM, Henry Rosenbloom
Talking Text Classics featuring Elizabeth Harrower, Michael Heyward, Fiona McFarlane
Sunday 4th September
There are an incredible amount of events coming up for this year’s festival so I suggest you have a look at the MWF website, book some tickets, make a plan, and then share with me the authors you’re excited to see so we can fangirl/get excited together. Happy festival season, bibliophiles!