Monday, August 9, 2010

Melbourne Writers Festival Schedule

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.

Fading Twilight
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?


food for silverfish said...

yay, see you on sept 1st for!

food for silverfish said...

err... for! colonising the internet and virgin voices:)

Aimee said...

I'm also going to Growing Pains and Fading Twilight - perhaps we can catch up between sessions?

On the 1st I'm going to 24 hours to Change Your Life, which I'm really excited about after reading all the excellent reviews for Graffiti Moon, and Chicks with Sticks.

I have to say (for me) the schools program is so much more interesting than the mainstream one...

Girl Friday said...

Claire - yay! Am really looking forward to both panels and hopefully see you there!

Aimee - I definitely agree - the schools program appeals to me a lot more and all the panels sound fun and interesting and jam-packed with amazing people. I booked my tickets before reading Graffiti Moon and am now feeling a bit silly because I would have loved to hear Cath speak :( But yes, would be nice to say hi between panels on the Tuesday!

food for silverfish said...

omg fuck i just re read this post and JACLYN MORIARTY IS GOING TO BE THERE!?!?! fuck. she is like my favourite author in the entire world and cos i am a twit i didn't even look at the line up i just figured kate would choose the best ones and i would go with her... fuck! am going to check immediatley if it is sold out. ps sorry for swearing so much on your page

Girl Friday said...

Hahaha, no worries Claire!
She's actually doing two sessions (the other is called The Writing Life I think) and last time I checked - as of two days ago, I believe they were both still available. Crossing my fingers and toes for you as I totally share the JM love!

food for silverfish said...

oh bollocks. realised i have to work that day and 'my writing life' is sold out anyway. argh. let me know how it goes! i am such a green eyed monster right now... serves me right for being such an unorganised prat.
see you at the other events hopefully:)

Girl Friday said...

I checked the MWF site about five minutes after your first message and went 'Oh crap' as both events are now apparently sold out :( Damn. Ah well, will take lots of notes for you haha. And yes, hope to see you on the Wednesday!

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