This year's theme, A Matter of Life and Death is an emotional umbrella that book lovers can relate to, when they're waiting on their favourite author's next publication. Reading is like a drug that sets your mind free to choose how you imagine what the author has penned. It's so powerful that even when translated to film, the book runs ahead, second to none. Why not try and win 52 books from this year's festival by signing up to eNews! With over 350 events on offer, navigating through this Festival is not going to be easy. Use the digital edition of the printed planner, if you've not picked up a hard copy yet. If you'd like a printed copy, just email email@example.com and they'll pop it in the post for you.
Book lovers can delight in the Writer's Festival which runs from 24 August to 2 September 2018 in various venues and suburbs. Ten days of performance, theatre, music, art and writing as this year's event has expanded the program to explore the myriad of ways words can be expressed. From music and oration to immersive art and performance, you're in for an amazing Festival. Check the program and grab your tickets! If you're a hardcore bookworm, a 5 pass or 10 pass ticket could save you 19-23 percent. Along with ticketed events, there are also a variety of free events running alongside.
Starting with the Opening Night Gala: You Are Here on Fri 24 Aug at 7pm - Melbourne Museum; it's a toast to survival, joy, resilience and pure existence. You are here! Enjoy an evening of immersive performance that features literary legend DJ Andy Griffiths, soul singer Mojo JuJu who is currently performing at the Arts Centre, spoken word artist Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa and more. After the two hour event, a party will follow, till late. Check the program for all other special events that includes being in the company of Kitty Flanagan, Magda Szubanski and Kathy Lette, and the Closing Night Party: You Are There. The final night celebrates what it means to let go. Six writers will pay tribute to something or someone loved and lost in a night of ritual, healing and farewell.
Conversations will scrutinise the issues that matter to all of us; from Assisted Dying and what legislation will mean for Victorians, to The Afterlife and more. This is but a tip of the iceberg at this year's amazing Festival filled with some of the world's most talented authors, artists, thinkers and performers.
Performance sessions will have you immerse yourself in the words of poets, podcasters, puppets and performing artists, in this year's new Staged series, as well as Duets of music and creative conversation live from the stage. Workshops are designed to help participants harness the power of words to heal and get happy, both personally and in work performance. At the two new venues that are the Mission to Seafarers and Animal Church at 524 Flinders Street, you're invited to experience the cathartic power of art to discover a world of literary sing-alongs, dance parties, poetry jams, animal-related programming and more.
Over these 10 days, allow yourself to be curious, explore and listen, so open your ears and your hearts. There's a lot to go through to cover the whole program and pick your heart's desires. Not to mention 88 free events to enjoy, and 13 events for Kids and Teens. Schools can check out all that's available to the kids under the appropriate schools program tab on the website. The Facebook event pages are another great way to find individual events, stay updated and interact through the discussion section of each event. Exhausted after all that? Then set yourself down at the Festival Bar which will be open every day from 25 Aug to 2 Sep. Grab your lit-loving friends to discuss, debate and deliberate. Then you can stagger home with a mountain of new books from the Readings Festival Bookshop to see you through till next year's Festival.