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The sessions not to miss at Melbourne Writer’s Festival

Books closed, pencils down. One of Australia's most loved literary institutions is back for another round of talks, conferences and literary revelations. This time, we're heading Naarm-side for Melbourne Writer's Festival. Chaired by Artistic Director Michaela Mcguire, this year's rotation will include over 100 authors across 50 different events. To navigate your way around the week-long affair, we've compiled a strategic shortlist for what to hit and who to see.


Where and when is the festival taking place?

The festival will happen from the 6-12 of May in multiple venues across the CBD, including the Wheeler Centre, the State Library of Victoria, State Library Theatre and more.


How do I get tickets?

You can book tickets directly for specific events on the Melbourne Writer's Festival site, or via the options underneath.

By email: [email protected]  

By phone: (03) 9999 1199 (Monday–Friday, 10am–4pm) 

TTY users can phone 133 677 and ask for (03) 9999 1199. 

Speak and Listen users can phone 1300 555 727 and ask for (03) 9999 1199. 

Melbourne Writers Festival also accepts calls via the National Relay Service. Registration is required for this service. Call 133 677 or visit for more information. 


What are the RUSSH picks for the seasons?

Ziggy Ramo: Human?  

8:30PM, 10 May Athenaeum Theatre

Part memoir, part history and part cultural reckoning, Human? (out in April) will continue Ramo’s audio-literal work of inviting readers and listeners to come to grips with the realities of colonisation and mythic nationhood.

Lamisse Hamouda: Writing With Family

2:30PM, 10 May Wheeler Centre Space

Lamisse Hamouda is interested in the illuminant of truth in writing. As a panellist on our Literary Showcase, this event is not to be missed. Hamouda will share insights from crafting her memoir The Shape of Dust, alongside her father.

Lauren Groff: The Vaster Winds

10:30AM, 12 May State Library Conversation Quarter

An exciting American novelist with two best-selling novels under her belt, Groff will be delivering an industry talk on her craft and career highlights.

Grace Yee with Maxine Beneba Clark: Peter Steele Conversation

12:00PM, 12 May State Library Theatre

Grace Yee discusses her newest work, Chinese Fish which deals with racism, migration and diasporic tensions with Maxine Beneba Clark. The book was awared with the Victoria Literature award in 2024.

Leslie Jamison: Splinters

3:00PM, 12 May State Library Conversation Quarter

Bestselling author and Russh-approved Leslie Jamison will discuss her new memoir on motherhood and life after divorce, apltly titled Splinters. Want a lick of her incredible work? You might want to read up on her Imposter Syndrome essay.



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