Melbourne Writers Festival and Anniversaries

August 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm (Conferences, Writing) (, )

One of the many wonderful aspects of my job at the Centre for Youth Literature is our work as a supporter of the Melbourne Writers Festival’s Schools’ Program.

Though, as a YA lover, I had been begging my way into MWF Schools’ sessions for a few years, my first experience at the Business End of the program came as something of a shock – it was the first time I had ever chaired a session, and it was also my first day on the job at the Centre for Youth Literature.

I feel incredibly fortunate that session was with Alice Pung – you couldn’t ask for a more gentle or gracious person to be your first.


Since that first time I have had the pleasure of being on stage with many authors – all of them amazing. I love working as a chair. It is a great privilege to have a public conversation with someone about their creativity and their passions – subjects that are really quite intimate.

This year, health permitting, I am facilitating the following MWF sessions:

SHORT AND SWEET – Margo Lanagan and James Roy

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ZOMBIES VS UNICORNS – Justine Larbalestier and Margo Lanagan


PRIZE FIGHTERS  – Myke Bartlett, Leanne Hall, and Melissa Keil.

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STRONG WOMEN – Kelly Gardiner and Justine Larbalestier

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MELBOURNE ON THE PAGE  – Cath Crowley and Maureen McCarthy

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And then, on Thursday, I shall be happy-sad exhausted, and celebrating my Centre for Youth Literature two-year anniversary, and the end of this year’s MWF schools’ program.

The Melbourne Writers Festival no longer permits the general public to attend Schools’ sessions, but you can catch many of these fabulous writers elsewhere on the program, and – of course – find their books in all good bookstores.

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