Arts Events in Melbourne July 19-25

The Melbourne Writers Festival program has officially launched, and we’re pretty excited we’ll have the chance to hear authors like Colm Tóibín, MJ Hyland, Carrie Tiffany and Cate Kennedy speak about their craft. While we wait for these world-class authors to descend on our fair city, there are a few other events you can enjoy in the meantime.

Source: Broadsheet

Source: Broadsheet

Fans of the White Night light projections earlier this year should love the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. It kicks off on Friday July 19 and runs until Sunday July 28. Every night from 6pm to midnight projection artists will illuminate the buildings and laneways along Gertrude Street in Fitzroy. 

City Library will be holding a mega book sale (with nothing over $1!) on Saturday July 20 to clear out their collection of old and donated books. It’s going to be a chilly afternoon, so it could be the perfect day for a good old-fashioned foraging expedition. And then you can always duck in for a coffee at Journal.

Well-known Australian poet Les Murray will be in conversation with Anna Heyward at Readings Carlton on Monday July 22. Entry is a gold coin donation.

The Brown Brothers Winter Poetry Festival will also be held at Readings Carlton on Thursday July 25.

As part of Melbourne Rare Book Week, you can revisit the books of your childhood (like The Very Hungry Caterpillar) at Retro Storytime, a free event in The Atrium at Federation Square on Tuesday July 23. You can also have your old books evaluated by antiquarian booksellers on Rare Book Discovery Day at Melbourne Museum.

And last but not least, do you remember The Craft? These Melbourne writers certainly do! Hear them wax nostalgic about the trashy 90s cult classic at an event hosted by Stephanie Van Schilt and Estelle Tang at the Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood on Thursday July 25. Costumes are encouraged, so ladies, feel free to don a Catholic schoolgirl kilt and get all Fairuza Balk with your lipstick. Just book ahead.


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