Arts Events in Melbourne November 8 – November 14

Want free champers, a shiny new book and the opportunity to witness a bunch of exam-free uni students cutting loose on the dancefloor? Visible Ink will be launching its 25th edition tonight at Bella Union bar on Lygon Street. Part book launch, part end of year celebration for RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing crew, you are promised free champagne on arrival, at least three author readings and a DJ set later in the night.

Abbotsford Convent

Meanwhile, the always enjoyable Abbotsford Convent annual open day is on Sunday November 10. The Australian Writers’ Centre will be hosting 15 minute talks about all things blogging, writing and publishing, while there will be interactive writing activities, art exhibitions, live bands, pop up cafes and food trucks, roving circus performances, and readings from convent writers like Michelle Aung Thin, Maureen McCarthy, Melanie Joosten and Chris Womersley.

Are you smack-bang-frantically-struggling-to-keep-up-your-word-count in the middle of NaNoWriMo? Follow the Melbourne region on the Nano website for information about local write-ins. This weekend there are sessions at Richmond Library and Frankston Library. Find solidarity with some similarly panicked writers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Doctor Who events are rife across the city. There’s a whole Doctor Who Festival running for two weeks. A pop-up store will be opening in Richmond from Saturday November 9 (just in time for Christmas, am I right?), while an evening of Doctor Who Spoken Word (it’s just as geeky and awesome as it sounds) will be held at The Lithuanian Club on Wednesday November 13.  

The Lifted Brow is launching its Best Of edition on Thursday November 14 at Brunswick Bound.

And just in case you missed our announcement, Ricochet Magazine will be launching its Flashback edition online on Tuesday November 12 at 11:00am! Keep an eye on our blog to see it go live.

If you have any events you’d like us to mention in next week’s post, please leave a comment or email us at

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