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Melbourne Writers Festival Events at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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Melbourne Writers Festival soars to new heights in 2018
Melbourne Writers Festival takes place this year from 24th August to 2nd September. In a collaboration that will take the Festival to new heights, it has partnered this year with the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel (MSOW). The MSOW will host some special events and experiences celebrating Melbourne's writers and their reflections on our city.

High Tea with Alice Pung at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
The Mebourne Writers Festival and the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel have partnered this year to bring some exciting new events to Melbourne


On Sunday 26th August, the MSOW is hosting a High Tea & Artist Conversation session with award-winning Melbourne writer, teacher and lawyer, Alice Pung, author and editor of 10 books including Unpolished Gem, Her Father's Daughter and Laurinda.

The session will include a live author's talk with Alice, in which she will discuss her experiences of growing up in Footscray, and reflect on how they have shaped her work.

High Tea with Alice Pung at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Alice Pung will hold a live author's talk at the MSOW on 26th August


Following the artist talk, guests will take a 30 minute flight on the MSOW, while being treated to a series of poems instead of the usual flight commentary. The poems, which each focus on a suburb or landmark of Melbourne visible from the MSOW, have been recorded by the artists. The artists include Angela Pippos (MCG), Rijn Collins (Westgate Bridge) and Maxine Beneba (Footscray).

Tickets for High Tea with Alice Pung are $40, which includes the 30 minute artist conversation, light snacks, beverages and a 30 minute flight on the MSOW. For more information and to buy tickets online, click here.

High Tea with Alice Pung at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Take a flight with a difference - between 27th and 30th August, poetry about Melbourne will replace the normal commentary. (Pictured here, TV and YouTube celebrity, Lee Chan)


The Melbourne Writers Festival commentary will continue to play on the MSOW from 27th to 30th August, so if you can't get to the High Tea with Alice Pung, you will still have the opportunity to view Melbourne through the eyes of the artists.

To book your flight on the MSOW, click here.

These events are suitable for guests with mobility restrictions.
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Why? Get a new perspective on Melbourne - from the top of the Melbourne Star
When: High Tea with Alice Pung - 3.00 - 4.30pm on Sunday 26th August; MSOW flights with poetry readings by the artists - 27th - 30th August
Phone: (03) 9999 1199 (Melbourne Writers Festival ticketing enquiries)
Where: Melbourne Star Observation Wheel,101 Waterfront Way, Docklands
Cost: High Tea with Alice Pung: $40; single flight on the MSOW - from $27 (adult online price)
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