The most anticipated literary festival for Melbournians is fast approaching! I am especially excited because I didn't go to any events last year (This year I've been pretty organised and have already bought all my tickets for the Schools Program (which is where all the YA authors will be). Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to show you which events I'll be attending (and blogging about) and would love to hear about what events everyone else is attending. (Note: all event descriptions are taken from the Melbourne Writers Festival program)
Tuesday August 31st
The Piper's Son - Melina Marchetta
Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave, and friends he used to care about, and a string of one-night stands, and favorite Uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world. Melina Marchetta's brand new novel delves back into the lives of Thomas, Tara and, of course, Francesca, but this time, it's someone else who needs saving. Melina discusses her life as a writer.
Growing Pains - Lili Wilkinson & Jacqui Moriarty
Shifting schools smack bang in the middle of term - and in your final year of high school - is a nightmare scenario. It's bad enough fitting in with kids you already know, never mind a bunch of strangers. To make things worse, Ava may or may not be gay, and when Amelia and Riley show up, they create havoc for their new fellow students and teachers alike. Lili Wilkinson (Pink) and Jacqui Moriarty (Dreaming of Amelia) explore the pressures of conforming, sorting out who the heck you are, and trying to do it all before your 16th birthday.
The most compelling books for teenagers ever written or brain-draining, sexist rubbish? Harmless, escapist fantasy that is inspiring more teens to read than ever before or mind-numbing, badly plotted tripe? Seventeen million copies later, the Twilight debate continues to rage. A panel of writers, booksellers, editors and publishers discuss the pros and cons of this best-selling series - pushed and probed by you, our Festival audience. Have your questions ready.
Wednesday September 1st
Virgin Voices: Fury - Shirley Marr
Eliza Boans has everything. A big house. A great education. A bright future. So why is she sitting in a police station confessing to murder? Prepare to be rocked by Shirley Marr’s debut novel, Fury, a tale of love, violence and blood – an ancient story of powerful women, re-imagined in a 21st century, Aussie high school.
Colonising the Internet - Shirley Marr and Steph Bowe
Before Shirley Marr or Steph Bowe’s books had even been released, they’d both built massive communities on the Internet, sharing their work and ideas with people all over the world.They talk today about the new space for creativity that the Internet affords us, and share their tips for finding-and sharing-the best new writing on the internet.
Tickets for all events can be purchased here.
Fellow MWF attendees, am I missing out on something amazing? I could definitely fit in more events and would love recommendations. Who are you most looking forward to see?