Arts Events in Melbourne August 16 – August 22

Dorothy's Red Slippers

Woe! The Hollywood Costume Exhibition winds up this Sunday August 18. It’s your last chance to admire some of the most famous movie costumes in the world, like Marilyn Monroe’s dress from Some Like It Hot and Dorothy’s red slippers. Luckily, to celebrate its final days, the exhibition will be running until midnight on Saturday. That sounds like a perfect night out to us. 

If you’re interested in memoir writing, Hazel Edwards is running a workshop called Writing a Non-Boring Family History at Carlton Library on Saturday August 17. She will consider some of the trickiest and most common problems faced when writing a family history.

Bargain hunters and book lovers should definitely go to the Readings Warehouse sale on Saturday and Sunday for incredibly cheap books, CDs and DVDs. Prices start from $5, which is akin to shoplifting in Readings prices (not really, but it’s cheap is what we’re saying!). Find the warehouse on Drummond Street in Carlton between Faraday and Elgin streets. The sale starts at 9am both days.

Maria Takolander, the author of The Double (And Other Stories), a collection of dark and unnerving short stories set in places ranging from the Soviet Union to rural Australia, will be discussing her work at Readings Carlton on Wednesday August 21.

And of course, the Melbourne Writers Festival launches on Thursday August 22, to the excitement of many. Authors in attendance include Booker Prize nominee Colm Tóibín and brave local author Anna Krien, whose controversial non-fiction book Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport dug deep into football culture and sexual assault. Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, will be opening the festival with a special keynote address that explores his relationship with literature. The folks over at Kill Your Darlings have put together a handy list of their highlight events to help you plan your time. Just be aware that some sessions are booking out fast, so don’t trust that tickets will always be available at the door. The Festival website has a list of the fastest selling events.

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