HOT: Chris Tsiolkas, BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

My last event at the Melbourne Writers Festival was the sold out session with Chris Tsiolkas, the author of The Slap. The book was discussed in my book club earlier in the year with lots of debate, so I was very interested to hear about the work from the author’s perspective. Tsiolkas was extremely personable […]

HOT: First Tuesday Book Club, ABC Studios, 8 Gordon St, Elsternwick

My second Melbourne Writers Festival event was another TV show, this time the filming of the ABC’s popular First Tuesday Book Club, screening next Tuesday on 1 September (look out for me in the front row clapping and laughing on cue). There was a palpable sense of excitement from the mostly middle-aged women as we […]

HOT: Q&A, BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

My first Melbourne Writers Festival event was the live broadcast of ABC1’s Q&A (you can watch the full espisode here).  The panel included: Tony Abbott, the Shadow Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. An uber-conservative politician from the religious right who had some ardent supporters in the crowd. He’s also the author […]

NOT: Craft Hatch@MWF, Federation Square, Melbourne

You’ve probably gathered by now that I love craft and I love markets. So I would equally love to give Craft Hatch@MWF a HOT. But Craft Victoria‘s market for student and emerging craftspeople, which is being held this month in conjunction with the Melbourne Writers Festival, left me disappointed. None of the literary-inspired craft particularly […]

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