Arts Events in Melbourne August 2 – August 8

We just want to say a big thank you to everyone who submitted to our flashback edition. We were humbled by your enthusiasm to say the least! Now the fun part – we get to read all of your lovely pieces. Expect to hear back from us in the coming weeks about whether your work has been selected.


In the meantime, festival season has well and truly hit Melbourne this week.

If you’re looking for a movie with a literary bent at the Melbourne Film Festival, we would recommend Tim Winton’s The Turning (August 3) Blancanievesa 1920s-esque retelling of Snow White (August 2), What Maisie Knew (August 3) a modern adaptation of the Henry James novel, and Approved for Adoption (August 7), an animation/documentary based on Jung Henin’s autobiographical graphic novel.

On Sunday August 4, Benjamin Solah will be launching his refugee-themed poetry chapbook broken bodies at Under the Hammer Arts Hub in Coburg. Head along for a drink and some readings from 4:00pm.

Popular children’s author Morris Gleitzman will be appearing at Readings Hawthorn on Tuesday August 6 for questions and a book signing. Entry is a gold coin donation and booking is encouraged. 

Stella Prize winner Carrie Tiffany is speaking at the Fitzroy Town Hall on Wednesday August 7 from 7:00pm. She will be discussing the importance of the prize and the process of writing her novels Mateship with Birds and Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living. This is a free event, but bookings are required. Carrie is a very engaging and insightful speaker, so it’s well worth your time.

And Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935-2012 will be launched by Sophie Cunningham at Readings Carlton on Thursday August 8. This collection of essays, fiction, memoir, letters, cartoons and songs will chronologically explore the interaction between literary culture and the public sphere in Australia.

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