Bring it home


Surviving to the end of a writers festival is no mean feat. Days and days of panel sessions, readings, performances, trips to the bookstore, trips to the coffee cart and the general wash of ideas, ideologies and personalities can leave even the most hardy extroverts exhausted.

But we know you’ve got stamina for stories. We know you have muscle for metaphor.

Let’s flex our way through this last day of Melbourne Writers Festival with WrICE, first up:

Book Launch: The Near and Far, 3pm Beer Deluxe, MWF

The Near and The Far collects new and previously unpublished works from established and emerging writers across Australia and the Asia-Pacific, including Maxine Beneba Clarke, Cate Kennedy, Xu Xi and Omar Musa. Join editors David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short at the launch of this exciting anthology.

Queer Literary Salon (featuring Larry Queer Literary Salon (featuring Larry Ypil and Francesca Rendle-Short), 5:30pm Bella Union, MWF – Sold Out, but for those with tickets we’ve got words and hugs!

Come out with us and celebrate queer culture in a literary salon that combines revelation with revelry. Join special guests Adolfo Aranjuez, Ivan Coyote, Amy Middleton and Rebecca Shaw for interviews, readings, true tales and live illustrations. Hosted by Geraldine Hickey.

Note: Doors and bar open at 5pm for pre-event drinks; limited seating with plenty of standing room available. 18+ event so ID may be requested.

To whet your whistle, we’ve got reflections from our three final WrICE participants, Ara Sarafin; Indonesian writer, Eliza Vitri Handayani; and Melbourne-based writer and editor Mia Wotherspoon.

So many threads and themes emerge for these three writers, trust and care, bravery and authenticity.  Be bold, come join them.

Author: Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster. Eleanor Jackson is a former Editor in Chief and Poetry Editor of Peril and currently Chair of the Board.

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