You can't say Melbourne Writers Festival shies away from the big topics. The theme of this year's festival, with Marieke Hardy at the helm for the first time, is 'A Matter of Life and Death', which encompasses just about everything. There are some huge names participating in this year's festival, both Australian and international. Events in the festival are not limited to traditional lectures and discussions – nearly a quarter of the program comprises immersive and experiential events and installations, live theatre, music, dance and stand-up comedy.
For the full program, head to the MWF website.
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