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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All Melbourne Writers Festival events, except for the schools program, are booked through the Malthouse Theatre Box Office.

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Online Booking

(03) 9685 5111

(03) 9685 5112

In person:
CUB Malthouse Theatre
113 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006

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Emily Ballou

Poet, screenwriter and novelist Emily Ballou was born in the United States in 1968 and moved to Australia in 1991. In 1996, she was a recipient of the Australian Film Commission’s New Screenwriters Scheme for her first feature screenplay, Sadie X-Ray. In 1997, she was awarded the Judith Wright Prize for Poetry for her poem, Enter.

She worked with Gillian Armstrong adapting Helen Hodgman’s Waiting for Matindi for the screen, and wrote the short film Mittens, which was Fox Searchlight’s 2004 contender for the Academy Awards. Her first novel, Father Lands, set during the desegregation of the school system in the United States, was published in 2002.

She is currently adapting Father Lands into a film with director Emma Freeman and producer Jackie O’Sullivan and writing a book of poems about Charles Darwin, for which she has been awarded a Tyrone Guthrie Centre fellowship in Ireland.

Random House published her first children’s picture book, One Blue Sock, and her second novel, Aphelion, was recently published by Picador. Emily was named one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists of 2003.

Emily Ballou will be appearing:
Date: 30 August 2007
Time: 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Venue: Bagging Room
Date: 30 August 2007
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Venue: Bagging Room

Sponsored by Deakin University
Date: 30 August 2007
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Deakin University Library, 221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood
Bookings email or phone 03 9244 3954.
Date: 31 August 2007
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Tower Theatre
Date: 1 September 2007
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Venue: Merlyn Theatre
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