Festivals

Whether you are listening to a keynote address in a large urban venue or a panel of speakers in an intimate environment (or vice versa), Melbourne has an accomplished history of delivering literary festivals. Many of these have grown in stature from grass-root origins, thus proving the commitment of the industry, the talent of writers to draw upon and the deep connection and ties with audiences.

Melbourne Writers Festival is Melbourne’s annual, two-week celebration for everyone who reads. The Festival brings together readers, writers and thinkers from around Australia and the world to celebrate literature, explore ideas, and inspire readers through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival, which is over 30 years old, includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) develops, nurtures and promotes Australia’s new writing talent, creating platforms for connecting writing communities and their audiences. The cornerstone of the EWF programming is an 11-day Festival in Melbourne that brings writers, editors, publishers, literary performers and the reading public from across Australia together. The festival includes over 100 events – many run in partnership with other key literary and community organisations – features over 200 writers and attracts a 15,000 plus strong audience. EWF understands writers: who they are, the challenges they face, and the kind of inspiration and information they need to help them flourish. The Festival is an open-age event and encourages engagement from all segments of the literary community.

The following selection shows the festival diversity on offer: Children’s Book Festival, Williamstown Literary FestivalContinuumReading MattersCrime and Justice FestivalFreeplay, New Voices Literary Festival and Past Matters Literary Festival.

This extends to our regional areas as well: Bendigo Writers FestivalClunes Booktown FestivalMildura Writers’ FestivalNewstead Short Story TattooWoodend Winter Arts FestivalEx Libris Port Fairy Festival of WordsCastlemaine Children’s Literature FestivalWords in Winter and Coal Creek Literary Festival.

Festivals are often a launching pad for the public personas of writers and authors, to expose their work to a wider network of readers. They also provide ample opportunities for dialogue and discussion around current events and social factors, thus becoming an integral part of our cultural identity.

Jamila Rizvi and Clementine Ford in conversation: Not Just Lucky, Feminism and Gender Politics

18 November 2017
Stonnington Libraries
Jamila Rizvi and Clementine Ford

Not Just Lucky is a career manifesto for millennial women and the debut book...

Workshop: Poetry and Spoken Word

18 November 2017
Stonnington Libraries
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Tap into the spoken word poet within and learn the basics of spoken word...

Workshop: The Art of Story

18 November 2017
Stonnington Libraries
Arnold Zable

What is the best way to tell your story; to structure and craft it?

Workshop: Spit and Polish - Editing Your Own Work

19 November 2017
Stonnington Libraries
Lorna Hendry

Do you have a manuscript that you want to self-publish or submit to a...

John Safran and Sally Warhaft in conversation: Depends What You Mean By Extremist and the rise of political radicalism

19 November 2017
Stonnington Libraries
John Safran and Sally Warhaft

Gonzo journalist John Safran and broadcaster Sally Warhaft discuss John’s...