It was Thursday night and, unlike my usual routine of getting into my pyjamas with a cup of tea and relaxing on the couch, I was getting ready to catch the train into Fed Square to hear Janet Mock deliver her keynote address at Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF).
I’ve lived in Melbourne for three years now and in those three years, I’ve come to think of several bookshops as my little homes away from home. I often get asked by people who are planning to visit Melbourne which bookshops they should check out while they are here, and seeing as it was Love Your Bookshop Day (LYBD) recently, I thought it was about time I put some of my favourite bookshops into a blog post!
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!
Brought to you by Nuffnang AU and We Will Rock You Australia
Last Wednesday evening, Sim and I were back at one of my favourite venues in Melbourne, The Regent Theatre, to sing our hearts out to We Will Rock You the Musical. You’re all probably familiar with the classic song of the same title by Queen, right? Well, the musical is set in the future, 2350 to be exact, where live music is banned and society has morphed into a homogenous, digital-obsessed culture where individuality is out, and synthesized pop is the only acceptable form of musical self-expression.
Musical fans! Tired of slow-moving, sappy love stories? Good news… We Will Rock You (the musical) is coming to Melbourne! Written by Queen and Ben Elton, We Will Rock You is set in the futuristic year 2350, where live music is banned and the only thing people are allowed to listen to is synthesized pop. But the kids are rebelling, they want to bring back the old greats…
Above photo: credit to Transformer Fitrzoy
Out of all of the restaurants and cafes I’ve dined at or blogged out, I have to admit that Transformer Fitzroy is the best I’ve ever been to. Is it the gorgeously fauna-focused aesthetic? Yep. Is it the fact that it’s all vegetarian and incorporates fine dining elements without the pomp? Definitely. Is it that the food tasted better than anything else I’ve ever eaten (dessert being the highlight)? YES.
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?
My love for books and reading comes in many forms and every now and then I like to switch up my reading repertoire by replacing my current novel with a journal or magazine. Today I’m sharing with you my absolute favourite literary journals and magazines; the ones I subscribe to and read on a regular basis.
Brought to you by Nuffnang and The Sound of Music
When an email popped up in my inbox asking if Sim and I would like to attend The London Palladium Production of The Sound of Music at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, my inner musical geek shrieked with excitement! No shame. So off we went after work on a Friday night to the opening preview, to watch dancing nuns and sing our little hearts out.
Location: 179 Swan Street, Richmond, VIC.
Highlights: Zucchini flowers stuffed with garlic prawns + pistachio baklava with halva ice cream.
Last weekend marked the season of Greek Easter and for the past 3.5 years, I’ve been lucky enough to celebrate two feast-filled Easter weekends with my half-greek partner. This year, Sim and I stayed in Melbourne and unfortunately we weren’t able to catch up with Sim’s Greek half of the family for the Easter celebrations. Instead, we took ourselves out to a Greek restaurant we hadn’t been to before in Richmond: Bahari The Hellenic Palete.