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Melbourne Writers Festival: Meet the Editors

Some of the world’s best literary magazine editors get together to talk about the changing landscape of publishing. Melbourne Writers Festival intern, freelance writer and blogger Sam Van Zweden tells us more.

Mary-Kay Wilmers, editor of London Review of Books

Mary-Kay Wilmers, editor of London Review of Books


The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is in full swing, after the opening keynote events with Boris Johnson and Tavi Gevinson. The schools program has kids bouncing around Federation Square by the hundreds, meeting their favourite authors and learning how a book comes to be.
Grown-ups can look forward to the second weekend now, and it’s programmed to be a good one. One event I’m looking forward to is Meet the Editors. It’s a great example of what festivals do really well: open doors and provide access to people, information and discussions that would normally be out of reach.
Meet the Editors brings together local and international editors – Mary-Kay Wilmers (London Review of Books), Peter Rose (Australian Book Review), Rebecca Starford (Kill Your Darlings) and Zora Sanders (Meanjin) with James Ley (Sydney Review of Books) – to discuss what drives the journals they edit.
Part of the professional development stream of MWF, this is a great session for anyone hoping to be published in these journals (and others; there’s always a lot of universal advice at these things), or anyone keen to write literary and cultural criticism.
This panel represents some of the strongest publications of their kind in Melbourne and the world, so make the most of it, get down to The Wheeler Centre, and listen to the advice these fantastic editors have to offer.
Melbourne Writers Festival runs until 1 September.