Arts Events in Melbourne August 30 – September 5

We’re coming up to the end of the Melbourne Writers Festival this weekend, but you still have time to book if you’re keen to attend. On Saturday August 31 Carrie Tiffany, Cate Kennedy, Claudia Karvan and Aviva Tuffield (a publisher at Affirm Press) will gather to discuss the Stella Prize, a phenomenal award that celebrates books by Australian women.

The Stella Prize

Later that night the free Stella Prize Trivia Night will take place at ACMI, where you’ll be able to test your book smarts while brushing shoulders with a lineup of talented female authors.

On Sunday, crime writers Kerry Greenwood, Annie Hauxwell and Shane Maloney will be talking about the traditions and tropes of crime fiction at Deakin Edge in Federation Square. Also at Deakin Edge is The Bell Jar at 50, where writers and academics will discuss Sylvia Plath’s beloved and only novel.

The Lifted Brow will launch their crowdfunded and on-the-spot-created magazine at the Toff in Town at 5:30pm, before the festival officially closes for business at 6:30pm (also at the Toff), get down and boogie style.

For those interested in short films, the Bayside Film Festival, which celebrates young and emerging filmmakers, runs until Saturday August 31 at Palace Cinemas in Brighton.

Short story anthology Picture 1000 Words will launch on Thursday September 5 at City Library. Writers were given a picture and a word limit without any other specifications – and this exhibition will showcase the thirteen chosen photographs and the thirteen one thousand word short stories.

Finally, Evelyn Conlon’s historical novel, Not the Same Sky, will be launched at Readings Carlton on Thursday September 5. The novel, which is set in the 1840s, follows a cargo of Irish girls who are shipped to Australia after the great famine.

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