Sunday, 29 August 2010

2010 Melbourne Writers Festival 27 Aug to 05 Sep

This week in Melbourne it’s time to listen up! In the coming weeks stories will be coming from all angles as the 2010 Melbourne Writers Festival takes place . A plethora of scribes from all calibres and backgrounds will ask you to lend them your ears as they offer their pearls of wisdom and lessons learnt.  Featuring talks, discussions, screenings and debates, from the 27 August to the 5 September the pages of Melbourne will be tossed and turned.

To kick off the festival we’ll see highly lauded author Josh Whedon (remember the days of cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer?)  as he lets you peak into his cerebral membrane. Drawing from his many projects: Toy Story, Glee and the upcoming Avengers film, Whedon will talk about his interest in the abuse of power, outside heros and strong women. 

Spread over the nine days will be a bevy of celebrated scribes indulging in their topics of expertise. From food and wine, television, art, crime and history and politics no corner will be left unturned. Peppered across Melbourne from the grandiose Federation Square, the NGV, ACMI, Birrarung Mar, the Docklands, the Sofitel to a bevy of suave eateries, the city will be at your disposal.

Expect to see local writers and entertainers including the witty Benjamin Law, joining the team from indie magazine “Kill Your Darlings” as they mix intellect with intrigue and broadcaster and comedian Marieke Hardy. Hot on the hells of her debut MTV novel “John Bulishi is Dead” comes comic Melbourne author Kathy Charles who will lead a discussion on the ‘Author as a Brand’. In a world where Harry Potter is as recognisable as Coca-Cola it seems authors need to have their finger on the publicity pulse. Brace yourself. A whirlwind of witty wordsmiths are approaching for 2010’s Melbourne Writers Festival.

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I am more than prone to monologues; however, this is solely due to the manner in which they compliment a witty anecdote and their ability to resemble concrete evidence when it is so obviously lacking. I often wish I could emulate that aloof character who coolly stands in the corner smiling mysteriously as if she has a secret. However, I fear resisting the temptation to involve myself in other people’s conflicts and responding through body language rather than verbose banter may come across as contrived and arrogant. And, I am not willing to take that chance.

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