Melbourne Writers Festival

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Kim Gordon
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Time Out says

The cream of the international literary crop gathers in Melbourne for hundreds of thought-provoking events over ten days

Melbourne's largest literary festival brings together fascinating talks and discussions by authors from all over the world. Readers and writers from all walks of life are welcome at the festival with a program of events to suit the casual Saturday afternoon reader to full-time word nerds. Better still around a quarter of all festival events are free (that means more money to buy books). 

Amont the speakers this year is Kim Gordon, who co-founded Sonic Youth in New York in 1981. Gordon also wrote the bestselling rock memoir Girl in a Bandand is a visual artist and a music writer. 

"Kim Gordon revolutionised alternative music and changed perceptions about women in music," says MWF artistic director Marieke Hardy. 

Also coming to Melbourne for the festival is Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt. Lipstadt was famously sued by David Irving for calling him a Holocaust denier (Irving has written that Adolf Hitler did not know about the murder of Jews and that Jews were not gassed in Auschwitz). Lipstadt won the case. Her latest book is Antisemitism: Here and Now

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson is also speaking at the festival. He hosts the podcast 'Pod Save the People', in the Crooked Media family (known for 'Pod Save America' and 'Pod Save the World'). He is the author of On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope.

Visit the MWF website for the full program.


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