Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced an impressive program for its first-ever all-digital festival, which runs for 10 days and features 100 guests from Australia and around the world.
The theme of the event, rechristened MWF Digital, is “attention”. And it’s inviting speakers and audiences to question what captures their attention – and what fails to – in a world grappling with rolling crises.
There are 100 international and Australian guests on the line-up, which will mix virtual authors’ talks and panel discussions with podcasts, workshops and more. Most sessions will be “pay what you can”, meaning you can elect to pay anything up to $50 or attend for free, depending on your circumstances.
Highlights of this year’s program include Helen Garner, Terra Nullius author and Noongar woman Claire G Coleman, Orange Prize winner Kate Grenville, and a political deep dive with ex-prime ministers Julia Gillard and Malcolm Turnbull, who will unpack their respective books.
International speakers on the bill include US bestseller Elizabeth Strout (Olive, Again), Irish writer Anne Enright (Actress), Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan, and New Yorker staff writer (and creator of hit podcast Wind of Change) Patrick Radden Keefe.
MWF Digital runs from August 7 to August 16. Tickets for sessions are $0 to $50; workshops are $120 to $140. Bookings are required. More information here.