Melbourne Writers Festival
MWF19 Labour of Love

MWF19 Labour of Love

December 9, 2019

Putting oneself on the line as an activist can be costly – not only in terms of career, family and romantic relationships, but emotional and mental health. So what does it feel like for those who have publicly gone into battle? Youth activist and poet Aretha Brown, HIV activist Nic Holas, ex-Greens MP Scott Ludlam and former race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane talk about how best to survive in the fray. Recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019.

MWF19 Love Letter to a Book

MWF19 Love Letter to a Book

December 9, 2019

We've all felt passionately about a novel from our past, but have we ever taken the time to write a heartfelt note to it directly, thanking it for the way it shaped and moved us? Hear Amal Awad, Ruby Hamad, Sarah Krasnostein and Daniel Mallory Ortberg do just this. Recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019.

MWF19 Ben Quilty: Reckoning

MWF19 Ben Quilty: Reckoning

December 9, 2019

Described as ‘one of the anointed saints of contemporary Australian art’, painter and activist Ben Quilty launched his solo survey exhibition, Quilty, at the Art Gallery of South Australia and will tour it nationally. The stunning self-titled book accompanying the exhibition documents his broad and brilliant career. Recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019.

MWF19 DeRay Mckesson: On the Other Side of Freedom

MWF19 DeRay Mckesson: On the Other Side of Freedom

November 13, 2019

Civil rights activist and author DeRay Mckesson is one of the leading voices in the Black Lives Matter movement. He speaks to Benjamin Law about his new book, millennial activism and the power of politics translated through social media, and why it's so important to keep hope alive. Recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019.

MWF19 Ben Folds: About Lightning Bugs

MWF19 Ben Folds: About Lightning Bugs

November 13, 2019

One of the major music influencers of our generation, American singer-songwriter Ben Folds has toured the world with his patented brand of heart-pop. He discusses his extraordinary career and memoir with Charlie Pickering, and plays live the songs that shaped him. Recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019.

MWF19 Jane Caro: Accidental Feminists

MWF19 Jane Caro: Accidental Feminists

November 13, 2019

Writer and prominent feminist Jane Caro's new book explores the trailblazing feminists of her generation – those whose lived experience and determination paved the way for future women. She celebrates wild political victories of the past and the women who made them happen with Denise Scott. Recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019. 

MWF19 Storytelling is the Best Medicine

MWF19 Storytelling is the Best Medicine

October 24, 2019

Writer and GP Melanie Cheng’s work explores widely varied subjects, while heart surgeon Samer Nashef’s The Angina Monologues recalls real-life experiences mending actual broken hearts. The writers talk about how their medical practice informs their creative life. Recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019.

MWF19 Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

MWF19 Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

October 24, 2019

Winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction and a 2018 Oprah Book Club pick, An American Marriage has been widely lauded for its moving portrayal of love interrupted. Author Tayari Jones discusses her compelling work with author Eve L Ewing. Recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019.

Sacred Texts: The Book That Made Me an Activist

Sacred Texts: The Book That Made Me an Activist

May 23, 2019

Carly Findlay, Gerry Georgatos, Sisonke Msimang and Jeff Sparrow discuss the texts that set them on their activist paths, and their ongoing influence on their practice. Recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival 2018.

Sacred Texts: The Book That Made Me a Feminist

Sacred Texts: The Book That Made Me a Feminist

May 23, 2019

The path to feminism often begins with the powerful act of discovering the right text at the right time. Neko Case, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Michelle Law, Hollie McNish and Emily Nussbaum nominate the novel that set them alight. Recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival 2018, supported by Queen Victoria Women's Centre.