The Melbourne Writers Festival announces stacked 2023 lineup

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The Melbourne Writers Festival announces stacked 2023 lineup

Melbourne Writers Festival

Calling all bookworms.

The Melbourne’s Writers Festival has unveiled its talent for this year’s event, running from May 4 to 7. The festival is a must-attend for both readers and writers, featuring a ton of workshops, talks and chances to get your hands on your next favourite novel.

This year’s theme, I’ve Been Away For a While, celebrates the post-pandemic return and takes a look at the ways our lives have been altered. “Our circumstances, behaviours and even our personalities have changed, possibly forever,” says festival artistic director Michaela McGuire.

Melbourne Writers Festival 2023

  • The festival will happen across the city from May 4 to 7
  • It will bring in a number of local and international writing moguls for discussions, workshops and events
  • Tickets are on sale now

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

“This year, we’re welcoming pop culture icons from food, music and film, Booker prize winners and shortlistees, local writers of sparkling debut and sophisticated sophomore novels, leading public intellectuals, beloved broadcasters and Twitter’s most erudite and witty language gurus.”

A few of the 2023 program highlights: food writer and icon Alison Roman, Shehan Karunatilaka (author of Booker-prize winning novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida), and singer-songwriter Paul Kelly.

There will also be a First Nations curation showcasing the works of award-winning journalist Paul Daley and Personal Score author Ellen Van Neerven, as well as others. From overseas, Bernadine Evaristo, Emma Straub, Gabrielle Zevin, Benjamin Dreyer and more will fly in to share their stories.

Those wishing to get a little more hands-on may attend one of the workshops, hosted in partnership with Writers Victoria. This year, they will unpack the craft of writing memoir, magic, autofiction and mortality.

Tickets for the Melbourne Writers Festival, happening from May 4 to 7 2023, are on sale now. To get yours or find out more, head here