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Friday 28 August 2015

melbourne writers festival 2015: keeping up appearances

Eliza Graves-Browne
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In 2007, Channel Nine made Jessica Rowe redundant while she was on maternity leave. This was following an incident the previous year when the editor-in-chief, Eddie McGuire, was caught saying he wanted to ‘bone’ her. Rowe has made headlines with her recent book Is This My Beautiful Life?, which bravely explores her public scrutiny, sexual…
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Wednesday 26 August 2015
Arts Books

melbourne writers festival 2015: women writing film

Jade Bate
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This year’s Melbourne Writers Festival kicked off on 21 August with a whole day dedicated especially to discussing women in the media and female writers. One of the events was Women Writing Film, in which Filmme Fatales editor Brodie Lancaster and film critic Rebecca Harkins-Cross discussed the role of women in film, both in front…
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Wednesday 27 August 2014
Arts Books Culture

caravan conversations at mwf

Lou Heinrich
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  Within the chaos of Melbourne’s Federation Square, there sits a modest caravan. Beyond the rounded windows the square is full of people. You can hear the clip-clopping of befeathered clydesdales leading grinning tourists in gilded carriages. You can smell the petrol fumes of heavy traffic, and watch a cheeky busker crack a whip and…
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Friday 15 August 2014
Arts Books Column Opinion

the bookshelf diaries: lisa dempster

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. The Melbourne Writers Festival kicks off next week, and to celebrate, Festival Director Lisa Dempster revealed her literary loves.  What are you reading right now? I’m just finishing Indonesia Etc by Elizabeth Pisani. It’s a portrait of Indonesia but it’s part travelogue…
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Friday 7 September 2012
Culture Featured

the (non)sense of anti-feminists: germaine greer at the 2012 melbourne writers festival

Kate Barker
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The Melbourne Writers Festival has come and gone for another year. For three wonderful days I listened to ideas, discussion and debates about all manner of things. But the favourite was seeing and hearing Germaine Greer. I didn’t go to the keynote she presented but thought an individual session would be more about her own…
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