I've long been a fan of Melbourne Writers Festival. I attended my first MWF back in 2007, but my second wasn't until 2012. Happily since then I've been able to attend most of these annual delights of bookdom.
|It's a bookish city when the taxi boots have book ads!|
Melbourne is definitely my favourite Australian big city festival (well of the two that I've been to so far). It's so accessible. Mostly all held around Fed Square, the transport is easy (even if you don't get to stay across the road like I do...), it's so compact, you can easily do back to back sessions.
|Joyce Carol Oates Keynote|
Plus you're in Melbourne. Lots of opportunities for yum cha, cafes, dinner. Eat Melbourne 2017 is in the pipeline, in the meantime we can revisit 2016. And the art galleries are fab too, I caught a few amazing exhibitions this year. More to come on that. And I caught the start of Melbourne Fashion Week which was much more fun than expected.
This year I saw an astonishing range of Australian and International writers.
Alice Pung (twice)
Anni Hine Moana
Charles G Gross
Jenny Valentish (twice)
Joyce Carol Oates (twice)
Kyo Maclear (twice)
Maxine Beneba Clarke (twice)
Sadly, of course I missed many writers that I would have loved to have seen, including
But you just can't be everywhere at once.
|Angie Thomas YA Keynote|
I am particularly keen to read many (most) of the authors that I saw. Some of them were completely unknown to me before. I was particularly blown away by Angie Thomas' YA Keynote Address. I do hope to do a blog about her session soon(ish), and a number of others, but I tend to be bad at that. I've already started reading The Hate U Give. I also particular keen to read Kyo Maclear, Melissa Keil and Hannah Kent.
|I love festival stacks of books|
|even more than regular bookshops|
|so pretty, so much potential.|