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!
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…
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?
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The Dressmaker Exhibition
On Thursday night, I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch party for The Dressmaker Exhibition at Ripponlea House & Garden. Set against the stunning backdrop of Ripponlea House, The Dressmaker Exhibition transports you back to Dungatar in the 1950s as you journey through the glamorous, parisian-style costumes worn by the actors who starred in The Dressmaker film: Kate Winslet, Hugo Weaving and Liam Hemsworth, just to name a few!
Last weekend Sim and I packed up a car load of snacks, blankets, books and hot cross buns and headed about 2.5 hours out of Melbourne to Leongatha South. We planned a little cityscape for Sim’s birthday over the Easter break and it turned into the best weekend of my life (Sim proposed!). Because it was such a fantastic getaway, I wanted to share some info about where we stayed and where we ventured in case any of you Melbourne-dwellers are in need of a cosy, relaxing weekend away.
Melbourne’s annual White Night is coming up on Saturday the 20th of February. White Night is a celebration of creativity and culture, where the city is opened up all night from 7pm – 7am. It’s a free event and the city is flooded with people; a fab way to spend an evening! This year we can look forward to more incredible light projections (see below) , exhibitions, street performances, film, music, dance and interactive events.
If you’re looking for a place with authentic market vibes (and by that I mean stall-spruking, vegetable-exchanging, coffee-grinding, fresh bread-baking kind of vibes) look no further than the South Melbourne Market.