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For everyone who reads and is interested in hearing authors' stories this is the place to be. Starting this Friday, 25th August and finishing on the 3rd of September, here are some of the Melbourne Writers Festival sessions not to be missed.
1. Authors Joyce Carol Oates, the American author, will talk about her writing as well as about the dark side of womanhood (Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August).
Robert Dessaix, writer of fiction and essays, will discuss the theme of his latest book On Leisure (26th August), a topic of discussion that will certainly result in some interesting insights.
If your interest lies in short stories, on September 2nd, up-and-coming young author, Jennifer Downe, will be giving her perspectives on writing short stories.
An Australian literary master, Robert Drewe, will be talking about his latest novel, Whipbird, on the 3rd of September.
Christos Tsolkias and Gillian Triggs will be there as well, among this large group of interesting and at times, provocative speakers.
For a full list of all the writers please see here.
2. Interesting Talks and Sessions Mapping Our Future City - hear about future possibilities for transport, art, and technology.
Walks: The language of Melbourne is all about walking and learning about spatial language from indigenous history through colonisation and migration. The walk concludes with an afternoon tea.
There will be events celebrating writers no longer with us such as Georgia Blain and Liu Xiaobo as well as sessions centered around creative writing, publishing and many other topics of interest.
On August 31st and hosted by Claire Bowditch, a session on A better tomorrow will bring together writers, including Jane Caro, Tony Jones, and Stan Grant, debating and discussing options for tomorrow's world and society.
Many of the sessions take place in the Deakin Edge, Federation Square
3. Free Sessions There are a number of free events as well. Some of these are held in local libraries and include St.Kilda, Geelong, Dandenong and Preston library. There are also free sessions that will help budding writers and provide inspiration for writing. To find out what is on please check the program.
The Melbourne Writers Festival is not just about writing and authors - it is about social issues: climate change, sexism, mental health, immigration, refugees, loss of future jobs and many other current topics. With such a choice there is bound to be something that interests you.