The 2022 edition of the much-loved Melbourne Writers Festival is finally returning in-person, after a few years of online-only events. This year's theme is 'Grand Ambition', a fitting tribute to starting anew after the pandemic-stricken creative industries re-emerge following a tough few years.
Melbourne will welcome a huge line-up of both physical and digital events, featuring some of the world's greatest thinkers and writers including Succession star Brian Cox; writer, actor and comedian Jenny Slate; pop music legend Jarvis Cocker; writer, lawyer and broadcaster Waleed Aly; bestselling Australian author Trent Dalton (Boy Swallows Universe); international writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Talking about a Revolution); and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan (A Visit From the Goon Squad, The Candy House).
Opening night will welcome Booker finalist Mohsin Hamid (Exit West, The Last White Man), 2022 Miles Franklin winner Jennifer Down (Bodies of Light), and Aileen Moreton-Robinson (Talkin’ Up to White Woman) for a fascinating discussion about this year’s festival theme of ambition. Legendary Australian author, translator and essayist Robert Dessaix will close MWF22.
Bunjil Place will host a variety of events during the festival, and First Nations voices will be highlighted by a curated program by Wiradjuri poet and artist Jazz Money (How to Make a Basket) and Mununjali Yugambeh and South Sea Islander author Chelsea Watego (Another Day in the Colony).
Artistic director, Michaela McGuire, said of this year's lineup: “For this literary long weekend, we’ll be celebrating the wild ambition of more than 270 of the world’s most exciting
storytellers; from the ones we’ve admired forever to the next favourite you’re about to discover.”
“We can’t wait to bring writers and readers together to share stories of the soaring victories, crushing defeats and steep learning curves that come with chasing dreams.”