EVENT - Melbourne Writer's Festival


At Liminal, we're really excited for this year's incredible Melbourne Writers Festival Program! We're looking forward to the events featuring our interviewees Adolfo AranjuezKamna Muddagouni and Roj Amedi, alongside forthcoming subjects Raina Peterson and Eugenia Flynn. Also, check out the full-day program, Asia What?, presented in partnership with the AADC.  

Kim Scott, Opening Night Gala

6.30pm, Friday 25th Aug, $50
Deakin Edge, Fed Square  
Throughout his award-winning literary career, Kim Scott has reconstructed narratives of Aboriginal experience while interrogating the archives of history. In his powerful opening address, Scott explores how writing yourself into history can challenge Australian identity and transform our connection to language and land.  
Featuring Kim Scott, Mission Songs Project and Sovereign Trax.

Aboriginal Literature Now

4pm, Sat 26th Aug $22/$19
ACMI Studio 1
Hear from some of Australia’s most brilliant writers. Claire G Coleman explores colonialism from a different perspective in her dystopian novel Terra Nullius, Jane Harrison’s Becoming Kirrali Lewis shares a new story from the Stolen Generations, and Kim Scott’s Taboo follows a young woman cast into the drama of Australian history.
Featuring Kim Scott, Jane Harrison, Claire G Coleman and Jeanine Leane.


Let's Get In Formation

8pm, Sat 26th Aug, Free
Deakin Edge, Fed Square  
From musicians and writers to activists and mothers, women have led political actions in countless ways. Join some of the Festival’s most fearless women for a lively evening of performance celebrating revolutionary women. Hosted by Namila Benson.
Featuring Clementine Ford, Namila Benson, Nayuka Gorrie, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, and Sista Zai Zanda.

Protest and Persist 

Sun 27th Aug, full-day program: 10am-6pm, Free
ACMI The Cube
10am Protest & Persist: Changing Minds, with Adolfo Aranjuez, Jane Gilmore, Roselina Press and Ruby Hamad
11.45am Protest & Persist: Cultural Appropriation  with Celeste Liddle, Kamna Muddagouni, Neha Kale and Reiko Okazaki
1.30pm Protest & Persist: Identity Politics with Adolfo Aranjuez, Nayuka Gorrie, Sophie Black, Upulie Divisekera and Benjamin Riley
3pm Protest & Persist: How to Change the World with Jax Jacki Brown, Murrawah Johnson and Roj Amedi
4pm Protest & Persist: Self-care Tips From Activists with Jax Jacki Brown, Murrawah Johnson and Roj Amedi
5pm Protest & Persist: Behind the Wire with Anna Krien, Michael Green, Aran Myluaganam and John Gulzari


Asia What? (Presented in partnership with AADC) 

Friday 1st September, full-day program: 10am-6pm, Free
ACMI The Cube
10am Asia What? Indigenous Connections with Bruce Pascoe, Eugenia Flynn and Steven Winduo
12.30pm Asia What? Genealogies of the Body with Eugenia Flynn, Sangeetha Thanapal and Shinen Wong
2.15pm Asia What? Beyond Authenticity with Allison Chan, Eugenia Flynn, Melanie Cheng, Ra Chapman and Dominic Hong Duc Golding
4.30pm Asia What? Writers Across Borders  with the writers from WrICE 


Second Generation Narratives

10am, Friday 1st September $22/$19
ACMI Theatre
The second-generation Australian experience is reflected in many new works of literature. How does an understanding of place, home and family inform storytelling – and increase understanding about migration?
Featuring Randa Abdel-Fattah, Maxine Beneba Clarke, AS Patrić and Alice Pung.


Reni Eddo-Lodge: On Race

11.30am, Friday 1st September $22/$19
Deakin Edge, Fed Square  
British journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge (Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race) explores the issues surrounding white supremacy, feminism, class and race through her research, political analysis and lived experience as a black woman. How can those who’ve never personally experienced racism acknowledge and help fight it, while not speaking over marginalised voices? 

Decolonising Feminism

2.30pm, Sat 2nd September $22/$19
ACMI Cinema 1
What does a truly intersectional approach to feminism look like? Reni Eddo-Lodge, Nayuka Gorrie and Ruby Hamad examine the whiteness of modern feminism and discuss how to decolonise the movement.

On Revolution  

2.30pm, Sun 3rd September $22/$19
Deakin Edge, Fed Square  
Eleven writers will share their take on the Festival’s theme of revolution. Featuring Daryll Delgado, Christos Tsiolkas, Ellen van Neerven, Martin Villanueva, Steven Winduo and leading writers from across Australia and the Asia Pacific. 

Queer Literary Salon  

5pm, Sun 3rd September $30/$27
Toff In Town
Join Hera Lindsay Bird, Norman Pasaribu, Laurie Penny, Raina Peterson and Omar Sakr for a celebratory evening of revelry, revelation and revolution, all centred around the world’s best queer literary voices. Hosted by Karen From Finance.


Peruse & book events at mwf.com.au