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This page is part of the 2012 FESTIVAL ARCHIVE.
Visit the current Melbourne Writers Festival website for details of the next festival.

About Melbourne

Melbourne is a city of festivals where every day is a celebration of art, culture, sport and food. A city rich with history and personality, you can spend weeks exploring Melbourne’s vibrant suburbs, days discovering its many secret laneways and hours reading a good book in one of its many cafés. Given the city’s reputation as a hub of creative talent, it comes as no surprise that Melbourne continues to inspire writers, from Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap) to Helen Garner (Monkey Grip).

With a proud literary heritage, Melbourne was internationally recognised in 2008, when the city was designated as the world's second UNESCO City of Literature, part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network.


Book your accommodation at our preferred partner hotels the Sofitel Melbourne and Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens.

For a wealth of information on what to do and see in Melbourne and to help you plan your visit, click here.

Eating and drinking

Melbourne’s reputation for culinary excellence is expressed in the outstanding assortment of cafés, restaurants and bars that colour the city. From cheap eats to fine dining, Mexican mole to Shanghai dumplings, the city has it covered. Check out for a taste of the city’s best places to eat and drink, but as always, the best way to discover the unknown is to follow your nose. 

Getting to the festival

View the festival venues and transport options here.

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Melbourne Writers Festival, 25 Aug 2011 - 04 Sept 2011
Level 1, 176 Lt Lonsdale Street, The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne VIC 3000
Box Office: +61 (0)3 9999 1199, T: +61 (0)3 9094 7859, F: +61 (0)3 9650 6467

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