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Hardy to step down as MWF artistic director

22 November 2019

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) artistic director Marieke Hardy has announced she will leave her role ahead of the 2020 festival, after completing two years of a three-year contract. Hardy advised...

MWF to move to State Library Victoria

5 February 2019

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) will move its headquarters this year to State Library Victoria (SLV), after 10 years of being based at Federation Square. The library’s ongoing Vision2020 redevelopment...

Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 program launched

18 July 2018

The program for the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which runs from 24 August to 2 September, has been announced. This year's festival will open with a gala celebration featuring...

International authors announced for MWF 2018

21 June 2018

The first international authors have been announced for the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which runs from 24 August to 2 September. International guests include musician Andrew WK, who will...

MWF 2018 schools’ program released 

23 May 2018

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has released its 2018 schools' program, which will run from 27-30 August. Held at Melbourne's Federation Square, the 2018 MWF schools' program will focus on...

MWF reveals Weinstein journalist Ronan Farrow as first guest

18 May 2018

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced that investigative journalist Ronan Farrow—whose reporting on allegations against Harvey Weinstein was central to the momentum of the #MeToo movement—will appear at this year’s...

Reni Eddo-Lodge tops MWF bestseller chart; keynotes sell out 

6 September 2017

This year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) attracted ‘big, diverse audiences for important conversations on race, identity, politics and feminism’, reports CEO and artistic director Lisa Dempster. Attendance figures are still...

Hardy appointed MWF artistic director

18 August 2017

Writer and producer Marieke Hardy has been appointed artistic director of the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), with general manager Shona Barrett to take on the role of CEO. As previously...

Melbourne Writers Festival 2017 program launched

19 July 2017

The program for the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival, which runs from 25 August to 3 September, has been announced. Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Kim Scott will launch the festival...

MWF 2017 schools program released

22 May 2017

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has released its schools program for 2017. This year’s program, which runs from 28 to 31 August, features US author and tech entrepreneur Amani Al-Khatahtbeh,...

Dempster to step down after MWF 2017 

17 May 2017

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) artistic director and CEO Lisa Dempster will step down following this year’s festival, which runs from 25 August to 3 September. Dempster was appointed in 2012...

Patrić the top-selling author at MWF 

7 September 2016

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) CEO and artistic director Lisa Dempster has reported this year’s festival’s box office and attendance ‘exceeded expectations’. Final figures are still being tallied for the festival,...

MWF international authors announced

5 July 2016

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced the first of its international authors who will appear at the 2016 festival, which runs from 26 August to 4 September. The line-up...

MWF 2016 schools program released

23 May 2016

The Melbourne Writers Festival has released its schools program for 2016. This year’s program, which runs from 29 August to 1 September, features Magda Szubanski, John Marsden, Anna Funder, Alice...

Feminist Writers Festival announced for Melbourne

10 May 2016

A new Feminist Writers Festival (FWF) has been established and will partner with the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) in its inaugural year. The festival, co-founded by academic Cristy Clark and...

Readings to return as MWF festival bookseller

31 March 2016

Melbourne independent bookseller Readings will return as the Melbourne Writers Festival’s (MWF) official bookseller in 2016, replacing Dymocks, which has run the festival bookstore for the past few years. Managing...