After a huge Saturday, you’ll be forgiven for having a slight literary hangover this morning. Yesterday Patrick Gale inspired our inner critic and helped us venture into fiction while in Sex and Sensibility, Susan Johnson, Chris Flynn and Emily Maguire discussed whether it’s better to be coy or coital when writing about sex. Our In Conversation sessions gave an insight into the minds of many great writers as they discussed their inspirations and latest books. We greeted our first Spring evening with an exploration of storytelling through song in two Lyrical sessions at The Toff in Town featuring the prose of David Bridie, Kate Fagan, Eva Popov, Maria Minerva, Lost Animal and Fox+Sui. Yesterday also saw the end of our Big Ideas series for 2012, with Martin Indyk and Antony Beevor delivering thought provoking addresses. You can see all the photos from yesterday's Festival goings-on here.
It’s the last day of the festival and we have a spectacular line-up for you. In The Third Annual Philanthropy and Ethics Forum Martha Naussbaum, John Daley, Ellen Koshland and John Hattie will discuss the role of philanthropy in shaping children’s education. At 12 noon, stop by the Atrium at Fed Square to watch today’s Illustrator in Residence, Oslo Davis at work. In the afternoon, we welcome the first weekend of spring with The Natural Origins of Melbourne; join Dr Gary Presland on a walk exploring the ways in which the natural environment has shaped our city. September also brings us Father’s Day. Celebrate all things Dad with Patrick Gale, Deborah Robertson, and Tony Birch. Meanwhile in Bad Seed, David Vann and Emily Perkins talk to Aviva Tuffield about how they have drawn upon the dark side of families in their writing. As the evening draws closer, celebrate the best of Australian Literature with Michael Heyward, Jane Gleeson-White, Ramona Koval and David McCooey as actors read excerpts from selected texts in The Real Australian Classics. And of course, the night brings us our closing keynote address with Robert Dessaix.
The team at Melbourne Writers Festival would like to thank all of the volunteers who participated in this year’s Festival. To the drivers who collected people from the airport at 5am; the box office volunteers who replaced lost tickets; those who manned the green room and ensured writers made it to their events on time; and to the army of front of house helpers who ushered audiences in and out of venues in and around Melbourne – we couldn’t have done this without you. If you’d like to be a MWF volunteer next year, stay signed up to our e-bulletin and check our website for call outs. If you’re looking for more immediate volunteering opportunities, check out Volunteering Australia or Seek Volunteer.