Revolutionary ideas and fresh new voices will lead Australia’s premier literary event, with Melbourne Writers Festival today unveiling its electrifying line-up for 2017.
Festival Director Lisa Dempster said this year’s Festival has armed itself with visionary talent from Australia and around the world to explore the theme of revolutions past, present and future.
Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Kim Scott (Taboo) will become the first indigenous writer to launch the Festival, delivering a powerful Opening Night address on Australian identity.
American literary powerhouse Joyce Carol Oates (A Book of American Martyrs; We Were the Mulvaneys) will visit Australia for the first time to reflect on how novelists bear witness to the world around them.
The Independent’s Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk will deliver MWF’s Closing Night address, explaining why we are no longer safe at home in the West after years of war fought on foreign soil.
Author and staff writer at The New Yorker David Grann (Killers of the Flower Moon) will discuss one of the FBI’s first major homicide investigations and examine how investigative journalism fits in world dominated by the 24-hour news cycle.
MWF has also teamed up with Canon in a Festival first to bring Australian photojournalist Stephen Dupont’s performance Don’t Look Away to Fed Square, taking viewers to the front lines of war through raw and devastating images (18+ event).
British journalist, blogger and activist Reni Eddo-Lodge (Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race) will fuel discussion on feminism, class and race, while Angie Thomas – author of the Black Lives Matter-inspired young adult novel The Hate U Give – will discuss how writing can inspire change.
For families, the Festival will celebrate 20 years of rebellion in the wizard world with Harry Potter Day – a free day of magical festivities including a Sorting Hat, live performances, story time and more.