This page is part of the 2007 FESTIVAL ARCHIVE.
Visit the current Melbourne Writers Festival website for details of the next festival.
24th August - 2nd September 2007

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Check out the Writers at the Convent, February 15, 16 and 17th, at Abbotsford Convent. Click here for details. Please note that this festival is NOT organised by the Age Melbourne Writers Festival and all queries should be directed to the organising body at that website.

The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has a useful site with details of what's happening in the writing sector. Click here for details.

2006 website is available for browsing. Click here.


Next festival: 22 to 31 August, 2008 at Federation Square.

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2007 festival
2007 was a fantastic festival with record-breaking box-office, greater media coverage, more sponsorship and more free events than at any other Age Melbourne Writers' Festival.

Heartfelt thanks to all the writers, volunteers, audiences and sponsors.

Our next festival will be held in the heart of Melbourne at Federation Square with sessions planned for the BMW Edge and the two cinemas and function space in ACMI. The Atrium will provide the festival hub for people to sit, chat, eat, drink and relax between sessions. The Atrium will also house the bookshop and box-office. There will be outdoor events; free events; live streaming; children's activities; the festival club and plenty more. Our regular off-site events will return: the keynote address at Melbourne Town Hall; Big Ideas @ Storey Hall; and masterclasses at City Museum.

Federation Square has a plethora of good cafes, bars and restaurants to serve the festival plus the best public transport, right at the door, so no more problems with parking!

However, the festival office will stay at 117 Sturt Street, Southbank - it is the festival itself that is moving.

See you in August.

Ode to the Hills Hoist

Not every man returns from war
with a head full of laundry: an echo, perhaps,
of his predecessors who hung out, sang out,
more than just their ragged washing
on the rusty Siegfried Line.
This backyard Sydney Harbour Bridge
of swords now beaten, not into ploughshares,
but into a V-for-Victory sign
complete with rack and pinion drive
will cause the whitened sheets to flap
as high as a flag on top of a ridge,
for all the world like a radar dish
trying to locate those who’d not
made it back alive.

By Iggy McGovern, the Irish poet who was a guest of the 2006 Age Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Iggy wrote this for Susannah Goddard, who works for Millmaine Entertainment, the company that provided the festival's new corporate image, that year.

Carbon neutral festival
The 2007 festival was carbon neutral with help from Easy Being Green, Flexicar and the Australian Conservation Foundation. Please click here for more details.

Search the 2007 Program

Some of the writers at this year's festival

Noel Pearson

Dave Eggers

Lou Bennett

David Leavitt

Cory Doctorow

J M Coetzee

Tad Homer Dixon

Victoria Glendinning

John Clarke

A C Grayling

Kate Forsyth

Clive James
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