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The top picks of Melbourne Writers Festival

Not sure what to see at Melbourne's biggest literary festival? Here are some cracking highlights

The cream of the international literary crop gathers in Melbourne for more than 350 thought-provoking events over ten days at the Melbourne Writers Festival – these are some of the best events. 

Opening night

Award-winning Australian writer Maxine Beneba Clarke (The Hate Race), will make a keynote opening speech to kick off this year's Melbourne Writers Festival events. The opening night address will be followed by the presentation of the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award. 

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Queer Literary Salon

Celebrate queer culture with special guests Adolfo Aranjuez, Ivan Coyote, Amy Middleton, and Rebecca Shaw. They will be sharing true stories, interviews, readings and live illustrations.

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PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy

PJ Harvey will read from her first poetry collection The Hollow of the Hand to a photography presentation by artist Seamus Murphy, with whom she collaborated with on the book.

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TV Comedy: Then and Now

British comic Alexei Sayle and US comedy writer Steve Hely will discuss the evolution of TV comedy and how the genre has changed over 30 years, from The Young Ones all the way to recent hits like The Office.

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Meet a MWF special guest

Interview with Molly Crabapple, artist and activist

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer, whose awakening as an activist came about during the Occupy Wall Street movement during the 2008 economic recession in the USA. Using drawing as a tool, her work has an unapologetic quality rarely seen in tradition media.

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By: Delima Shanti