All photographs are care of Melbourne Writers Festival
For booklovers in Melbourne, Melbourne Writers Festival is the equivalent of literary Christmas and, this year, I’m very lucky to be one of the Digital Storytellers that get to share the festival with my wonderful internet community!
Last night the program was launched at Federation Square and, although we got to see the program a little early (the perks), I’m now so excited to share with you my TOP highlights – the events that I’m bursting at the seams to attend and experience as part of the festival.
The theme of this year’s program is revolution and the line-up of authors attending the festival is phenomenal – there’s really something for everyone.
You can see the entire program on the Melbourne Writers Festival website where tickets will go on sale Friday 21 July! Before I share my itinerary with you, let me give you a piece of advice, get your tickets early. I fluffed around last year and the events sold out super quickly!
I’ve scoured the events list and, as a result, have added way too many books to my to-be-read pile to prepare for the start of the festival on August 25th.
Of the theme, MWF say that this year’s festival will be ‘looking at the revolutions past, present and future, we’ll interrogate the biggest issues of the day. Join the writers, activists and thinkers leading the resistance to explore ideas for a more hopeful future.’
So, here it is… here are my top picks for this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. These are the events I’ll be attending and I recommend you look into as well because they are bound to be mind-blowingly fantastic!
‘Visibility and Voice’ with Janet Mock
‘Gala: A Better Tomorrow’ with Clare Bowditch, Tony Jones, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Jane Caro, Stan Grant and Omar Musa
‘Binge Culture’ with Benjamin Law, Brodie Lancaster and Megan Abbott
‘Feminist Lit: Then & Now’ with Emily Maguire, Melissa Lucashenko and Natalie Kon-yu
‘Let’s Get In Formation’ with Clementine Ford, Nayuka Gorrie, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa and Sista Zai
And last, but certainly not least, I assume that most followers of my blog are of the Potter-generation just as I am, so you’ll be happy to hear that there is a HUGE day-long event dedicated to Harry Potter as part of this year’s MWF!
Harry Potter Day on Sunday 3 September is an entirely free event that will celebrate 20 years of HP with live performances, a Sorting Hat, a costume competition held in Federation Square, Melbourne. Plus, Witch Plz podcast will be streaming across the big screen. This is one of the massive highlights of the festival for me this year and I am counting down the days! Will you guys be joining me there?
While I’ve got you here, who are you excited to see this MWF? Let me know in the comments below.
Again, I just want to say how much I’m looking forward to sharing the festival with you guys across my blog and social media. So, make sure you’re following me on Instagram and Twitter, as well as all the other Digital Storytellers, and check back on here in the lead up and throughout the festival!