My Top Picks for Melbourne Writers Festival | Upcoming

July 23, 2016

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

When: 2.30pm

Helen Garner: Everywhere I Look featuring Helen Garner and John Freeman

When: 8.30pm

Sunday 28th August

Feminism Then & Now featuring Anne Summers and Yassmin Abdel-Magied

When: 1pm

Feminism Online featuring Jax Jacki Brown, Cristy Clark, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

When: 5.30pm

Wednesday 31st August

Local Libraries featuring Peggy Frew and Toni Jordan

When: 6.30pm

Saturday 3rd September

Publishing Now featuring Cate Kennedy, Peter Mews, Mark Rubbo OAM, Henry Rosenbloom

When: 10am

Talking Text Classics featuring Elizabeth Harrower, Michael Heyward, Fiona McFarlane

When: 1pm

Sunday 4th September

Lionel Shriver: Closing Night Address

When: 6pm

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!

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