Finding it hard to fit Melbourne life around a busy schedule? The Melbourne Writers Festival has joined forces with a team of international students – known for their excellent time management and event-going skills – to put together this handy guide. Check out their awesome picks, which are all cheap or free, and on outside of class hours!
Take a walk among the graves of Melbourne General Cemetery guided by Vanitas, an immersive new app that mixes real life documentary with touching speculation about the fate that awaits us all: death. Experienced through your own smartphone and beautifully blending original music and contemplative voices, explore Melbourne’s most historic cemetery in a completely new way. Saturday 25 August at 10am.
The Death (and Rebirth) of Sex
Sex and death: Are they inevitable partners? Why does sex tend to flourish at the start of relationships, then die off? More importantly, what can we do to (a)rouse the dead? Roger Butler of Curious Creatures and sexologist Linda Kirkman explore in The Death (and Rebirth) of Sex. Saturday 25 August at 1pm.
Melbourne Through Rainbow-Coloured Glasses
Stroll alongside creative duo The Gents as they walk down memory lane in Walk: Melbourne, reminiscing on 16 years of life and love in Melbourne’s CBD. Exploring the personal and political, the walk will highlight places of historical significance for Melbourne’s LGBTQI community. Saturday 25 August at 2pm.
Reading Victoria Stories and High Tea with Alice Pung
Take flight on the iconic Melbourne Star for Reading Victoria Stories and High Tea with Alice Pung. Listen to brand new writing about the city suburbs below, read by the writers of each piece. Preceding the flight, award-winning Melbourne author Alice Pung will join you for afternoon tea and discussion as she reflects on living in Footscray. Wednesday 26 August at 3pm.
India’s #MeToo Movement
Indian author and journalist Deepanjana Pal speaks on India’s #MeToo Movement and Raya Sarkar’s infamous list of abusive men. What has been the fallout, and where to next? Tuesday 28 August at 6pm.
WrICE Papers Salon
Be immersed in the imaginative worlds of Asia and Australia through a collage of readings on life and death at WrICE Papers Salon. An ensemble performance weaves together the voices of 12 diverse writers from Mumbai to Melbourne, Seoul to Singapore. Sunday 2 September at 10am.
Ideas Hospital: Happy Pills
In Ideas Hospital: Happy Pills, US comedian and YouTube sensation Chris Fleming and cult Australian comedian Zoe Norton Lodge examine what it means to be an outsider comedian, and the peculiar nature of using comedy as a medium to be understood… and gloriously misunderstood. Sunday 2 September at 1pm.