Arts Events in Melbourne July 26 – August 1

It’s Open House Melbourne time again this weekend, which means we all get to have a squizz inside some of Melbourne’s most interesting places, like the old air raid shelters under Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Channel 9 studios. Alas, a tour of the Flinders Street Station Ballroom was only available through a ballot, which has now closed. Still, this sounds like an inspiring outing for writers and photographers. There are a grand total of 111 buildings open for viewing. Many are ticketed, so get there early if you can.

The Turning

The Melbourne International Film Festival also officially kicked off today. Check out the program or read The Guardian’s list of recommended highlights to plan your viewing schedule. Tim Winton’s much anticipated The Turning, which is adapted from 17 of his short stories, will be having its world premiere on Saturday August 3.

Stilts will be hosting their second zine launch at The Old Bar in Fitzroy on Friday July 26. Served will feature stories about working in the retail and hospitality industries, so if that sounds like something might enjoy (or understand all too well) you should head along to drink, commiserate and laugh.

Four Melbourne crime writers will be discussing the elements of a good crime novel at A Night of Crime and Mystery at the Fitzroy Town Hall on Tuesday July 30. 

Also on that night is Local Women Writers Talk event, held in collaboration with Spinifex Press. Publisher, poet, novelist and non-fiction writer Susan Hawthorne will be talking about her writing process at the North Melbourne library. 

Finally, Tabula Rasa, a new online community for writers, are having their big website launch on Wednesday July 31. Sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and take your time browsing their collection of short stories once it all goes live. Just join the event to get the web address on the day.

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