melbourne writers festival
As a UNESCO City of Literature, Melbourne offers many opportunities to curl up with a good book – or to spend time with someone who has written one.
Several significant writers festivals are taking place over winter; the Mildura Writers Festival (13–16 July 2017), National Play Festival (27-30 July 2017), Bendigo Writers Festival (11-13 August 2017) and Melbourne Writers Festival (25 August – 3 September 2017).
Mildura Writers Festival
Beginning in 1994 in Stefano de Pieri’s cellar restaurant, the Mildura Writers Festival retains its intimacy, but has evolved to include workshops, a writer-in-residence program and the Mildura Indigenous Writers Award. The 2017 program features Helen Garner, Les Murray, Peter Boyle, Natalie Harkin and Judith Beveridge.
National Play Festival
Playwriting Australia’s national festival is an annual celebration of new writing for the stage. Over four days, some of Australia and New Zealand’s most exciting emerging and established playwriting and theatre-making talent will gather for a series of artist talks, readings and masterclasses.
Bendigo Writers Festival
The Bendigo Writers Festival provides a forum to meet and talk about books and writing, and, mostly, to enjoy the conviviality of a festival set in View Street, Bendigo. In its sixth year, Bendigo Writers Festival has dug deep to find new ways to offer audiences rich entertainment for a truly inspiring winter long weekend. New events and venues, plus brilliant international guests and a dazzling line-up of Australian writers. The Festival theme for 2017 is Where We’re At.
Melbourne Writers Festival
Now in its 32nd year, Melbourne Writers Festival will this year bring together hundreds of the best writers from Australia and around the world, to take part in storytelling, conversation, debate, live performance, music and arts events for readers of all ages.