Singer-songwriter PJ Harvey, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Life of Pi author set to attend the Melbourne Writers Festival.

by |July 20, 2016

The Melbourne Writers Festival has just unveiled its long-awaited program for 2016, set to occur from 26 August to 4 September, 2016.

Festival Director Lisa Dempster has promised something for everyone who reads, from news and politics junkies, through to lovers of award-wining literature, genre fans and comedy buffs.

Identity is the theme of this year’s festival, with more than 400 authors, scriptwriters, comedians, journalists and illustrators invited to the festival to explore what makes us who we are.

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Maxine Beneba Clarke, one of the nation’s boldest voices and author of The Hate Race will deliver the Opening Night Address, ahead of the announcement of the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award. Lionel Shriver (The Mandibles, We Need to Talk About Kevin) will talk about gender for the festival’s Closing Night Address.

In her only Australian appearance, acclaimed UK singer-songwriter and Mercury Prize-winner PJ Harvey will read from her first poetry collection, The Hollow of the Hand, as part of an electrifying visual presentation of life in war zones with photojournalist Seamus Murphy.

Geoff Dyer (Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi) will explain what travel tells us about ourselves, while Man Booker Prize-winner Richard Flanagan (The Narrow Road to the Deep North) will ask: Does writing matter?

Prize-winning authors Yann Martel (Life of Pi) and Anna Funder (All That I Am) will prescribe books to help our nation’s leaders make better policy decisions, and renowned science writer Steve Silberman (NeuroTribes) will challenge the way we think about autism. 

Helen Garner, Justin Cronin, Alexei Sayleas and Rosie Batty are also set to attend.

There will be more than 350 events and over a quarter will be free! Check out the events here.

Tickets go on sale on 22 July, 2016. 

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