Full MWF program announced | Books+Publishing

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced its full program for 2022, which will run from September 8-11 across more than 150 events. The festival is returning to live programming after two years of being held online due to closures.

British novelists Sarah Winman and Sarah Moss will appear in person in Melbourne alongside previously announced international guests Mohsin Hamid, Brian Cox and Jenny Slate, while American writers Sheila Heti, Ottessa Moshfegh and Anita Hill will appear via a live cross, with Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who will also appear live from abroad.

In celebration of MWF’s opening night, Hamid, Miles Franklin 2022 winner Jennifer Down, and Talk to the white woman (UQP), author Aileen Moreton-Robinson will deliver keynote addresses on this year’s festival theme, “Ambition”, while Australian author, translator and essayist Robert Dessaix will discuss a life of ambition in his closing keynote .

First Nations writers Jazz Money and Chelsea Watego hosted a series of events “exploring the complexities, joys and challenges of being a First Nations creator”, including a showcase of emerging First Nations poets and a debate for and against hope. Meanwhile, the online-only, paid-for MWF Digital program will be back. The on-demand program includes sessions with international guests Jennifer Egan, Margo Jefferson, Maggie O’Farrell, Emily St John Mandel and Alice Oseman.

During the weekend of September 10-11, MWF Families is offering a weekend of free activities at the Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter, State Library Victoria (SLV), including sessions with Gabrielle Wang, Corey Tutt, Alice Pung and Sher Rill Ng, and Maxine Beneba Clarke and Randa Abdel-Fattah. YA Day, featuring authors such as Vanessa Len, Tobias Madden and Astrid Scholte, will also take place at SLV on Saturday, September 10.

“We’ve curated conversations about Australia’s social, cultural and political ambitions, and our guests will examine the dangerous territory of thwarted ambitions on the national and global stage,” said MWF Artistic Director Michaela McGuire. “We look forward to bringing writers and readers together to share stories of the dizzying victories, crushing defeats, and steep learning curves that come with the pursuit of dreams.”

Tickets for the festival will go on sale Thursday, July 28. For more information, see the MWF website.

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