Monash Authors Featured Strongly at 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival

The 27th Melbourne Writers Festival will run from Thursday 23 August to Sunday 2 September 2012. This year’s Festival will feature many Monash University writers and academics, taking part in a range of panels and presentations. Among these authors are novelists, historians, poets and literary scholars.

Professor Bruce Scates will be chairing the ‘Big Ideas’ session at BMW Edge on 1st September at 6.30pm where Antony Beever will be talking about his new book on the Second World War.

Dr Tony Moore, the Director of National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash, will be participating in six Festival events, including the launch of his own new book Dancing with Empty Pockets: Australia’s Bohemians, described as ‘a chronicle of the nation’s eccentric and irreverent counterculture figures.’ Dr Moore will also be chairing a session titled ‘The Heidi Legacy’, in which he will be discussing the history and significance of the Heide Museum of Modern Art with authors Alex Miller and Janine Burke.

Dr Burke who is also a Monash academic will be taking part in two Festival events, including a session titled ‘On the Wing’, in which she will be discussing, among other things, her latest book, Nest. Among other Monash University writers discussing their recent books at the Festival will be Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge, who will be the subject of a session dedicated to her work, titled ‘In Conversation: Chandani Lokuge’, in which she will answer questions about her writing and her latest novel Softly, As I Leave You. To read a review of this session visit: http://www.monash.edu.au/news/show/hatching-beauty-the-art-of-birds

Among other Monash University authors presenting their acclaimed new publications at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival will be Professor Bruce Scates, whose new book On Dangerous Ground uses, according to its publisher’s website, ‘fact and fiction to recreate the most dramatic moments of the Gallipoli campaign’. Professor Scates will be discussing his book and the genre of military fiction with authors Tom Keneally and Ross McMullin at a session titled ‘The First Casualty’.

Professor Jenny Hocking, Head of School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies, author of Gough Whitlam: His Time (the second volume in a two-volume biography of the former Labor Prime Minister) will appear with Steve Bracks, Maxine McKew and Laura Tingle at a session title ‘Labor in Vain’.

Also featured at this year’s Festival will be the Monash University creative writer and poet Dr. Ali Alizadeh who has been commissioned to write a new poem for the Festival’s ‘Bittersweet’ project. Dr. Alizadeh will also chair a session on radical politics titled ‘Who Speaks for the 99%?’

Dr Chris Worth, also from Monash’ School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, will be chairing one of the Festival’s most highly anticipated events, titled ‘Global Culture’. This session has been described on the Festival’s website as ‘a singular event in the magnificent surrounds of Yering Station Winery in the Yarra Valley,’ and includes former UK Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, The New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl and Lebanese poet and journalist Joumana Haddad.

The new issue of Monash University’s own literary journal, Verge, will also be launched at a free event during the Festival. The new issue of the journal has been described by its editors Rosalind McFarlane and Samantha Clifford as ‘featuring poetry, short fiction and illustrations from Monash students and the wider literary community’. The launch will feature readings by some of the journal’s highly talented contributors.

For more information about the festival, please visit: www.mwf.com.au