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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Reporting from the Melbourne Writers Festival

So, right now I'm doing my Digital Reporter gig at Melbourne Writers Festival and will be silent on this blog, but active on the MWF one.

So I thought I'd post links to all my blogs as they go up. 


• Storytelling and the School's Program: Schools’ Program Festival picks and MWF young adult author, Ambelin Kwaymullina, explains how “stories increase the capacity of our imaginations.” 

Dark Stories and Sea Hearts: an Interview with Margo LanaganInterview with Margo Lanagan; the Printz Honor, Stella-shortlisted author and this year’s winner of the CBCA older reader’s award.  

• Deborah Ellis: On Writing for Women in AfghanistanInterview with Deborah Ellis about the inspiration behind her books and why she donates royalties to organisations supporting Afghan women.

• Every Song’s Been Sung: Tavi’s Fangirl Fandom: Tavi Gevinson’s spectacular keynote on originality and fangirling ended up being reflected in the audience she was speaking to.

• Lucy Knisley: Graphic Novelist & Food Nerd: Lucy Knisley in her ‘My Life in Comics’ session gave students her best advice and shared some foodie obsessions. 


Loud VoicesHighlights from the ‘Hearing Voices’ Margo Lanagan and Cassandra Golds session, as well as the Out Loud! Youth Poetry Slam.

• The Problem with Strong WomenA Schools’ Program session with young adult authors Kelly Gardiner and Justine Larbalestier discussed ‘Strong Women’.

• Ambelin Kwaymullina: secrets within secretsYA author Ambelin Kwaymullina reveals secrets about upcoming sequel ‘The Disappearance of Ember Crow’ and what makes strong female characters.

• Wild. Girl. Moon: An interview with Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood. An interview with Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood about being friends and writing a book together.

That's a wrap!


  1. Oh, this is why you've been so busy! I love the photograph, and am bookmarking the Lanagan to read later on. I've heard this is an amazing festival. <3

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    1. Indeed! I have Festival-fever and am writing blog reports like mad.

      Regularly scheduled blogging should resume shortly.

      It is an amazing festival - full of Aussie YA authors which, y'know, I kinda love :)

  2. I appreciate that you took the time to put up all of the links and pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I'm catching up on the blogging world and I am SO excited about the Aussie YA Voltron of Crowley, Howell, and Wood. I read Lucy Knisley's French Milk a few weeks ago and I loved that. I loved following your tweets and I'm going to read your MWF articles now. :)


    1. Isn't it GREAT news?!

      Hope you like the articles :)


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