Over two weeks, the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival is set to immerse literary fans into a world of storytelling and prose. The festival’s opening gala will include the presentation of the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award, and the keynote address will be given by the author of The Hate Race, Maxine Beneba Clarke, who will discuss unlearning conservative approaches to literature. The festival’s bursting program includes over 300 events, more than 100 of which are free and will showcase local writers as well as writers from the US, UK, Canada, Ireland and Asia. Over ten days, the festival will feature book launches, poetry events, workshops, seminars, masterclasses and walking tours as well as special events including a series of caravan conversations and silver screen science. This year’s festival highlights range from Alexei Sayle: Thatcher Stole My Trousers to the amalgamation of poetry and photojournalism in a session with PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy titled The Hollow of the Hand. To close the festival, author Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin) will discuss the concept of a post-gender world.
📅 August 26 – September 4, 2016