Melbourne Writers Festival 2011 – Stories Unbound

July 5th, 2011


  • 25 August – 4 September 2011
  • Program to be announced 29 July 2011

Steve Grimwade, in his second year as Festival Director, presents a program that continues to honour the Festival’s literary credentials, showcasing the world’s best writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, whilst also celebrating the growing popularity of graphic novels, written work for film and television as well as a vital new programming focus on performance.

Reflecting Melbourne’s active and passionate literary community and international standing as a City of Literature, the 2011 Melbourne Writers Festival is expanding its approaches to all forms of text, releasing us from old expectations and opening the festival to new ways of looking at the world. Blending a belief in both internationalisation and the local, the 2011 festival will provide a mix of the best minds, both new and old.

Over ten days in various locations, the breadth and diversity of Melbourne’s literary scene will be on display in all its finery, from delving into restaurant and café culture to exploring songwriting and the big themes around the future of media in a digital world.

The festival opens with the Keynote Address at Melbourne Town Hall, Thursday 25 August. This year’s keynote is an unforgettable audience with one of the biggest US authors of the last decade. The keynote is preceded by The Age Book of the Year Awards.

The Big Ideas series will discuss a major topic of importance each night of the week with leading national and international thinkers, exploring the Middle East, North Africa and China, international aid, the representation of women, our digital future and freedom of speech.

Graphic novels will feature widely across a range of events including a performance and a major MWF publishing project. ‘Alternative’ literary events will celebrate song lyrics, Theatre also features strongly, alongside events featuring some of the world’s best Spoken Word performers as well as Poetry, with a number of vibrant and unusual live performance events and collaborations.  Arts at the NGV will feature a series of panel sessions with feature writers, artists, architects, designers and thinkers talking about the connection between art, text and storytelling.

For literary gastronomes, Food and Wine at MWF will again host a range of events in restaurants, showcasing food and wine, and those who write about it. A number of writers will lead Walks around inner city and CBD streets, engaging with contemporary and historical sites of literary Melbourne.

The Regional Touring Program will feature acclaimed authors Kirsty Murray, Sue Lawson, Chris Morphew and Heath McKenzie, participating in talks and workshops in Kyneton, Geelong, Wangaratta and Frankston.

MWF continues to celebrate the internationalism of its guest list with In Language Events and Translation, presenting a number of writers in their original language (not English). The 2011 Schools’ Program this year sees the introduction of sessions designed specifically for ESL students, celebrating the magic of storytelling in Chinese, Sudanese, and Indigenous languages. It features some of the most exciting writing for children and young adults from Australia and beyond. The Schools’ Program explores history, science, graphic novels, new technology and poetry.

Join in the festivities from Thursday August 25 until 4 Sunday September 4, 2011 at Federation Square and selected venues around Melbourne
Bookings: or call the MWF box office: 9999 1199

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