Overland at Melbourne Writers Festival

Angela Flournoy: Detroit Stories

4pm Saturday 27 August
Footscray Community Arts Centre

How is the working class explored in fiction? How do writers represent declining metropolitan areas and industries? Angela Flournoy (The Turner House) talks to Overland editor Jacinda Woodhead about writing urban decay.

Supported by the US Consulate General and Overland. Presented in partnership with Footscray Community Arts Centre


I Love a Sunburnt Country

2.30pm Friday 2 September
ACMI The Cube, Federation Square, Melbourne

Contemporary Australian poets Lisa Gorton, Benjamin Laird and Ellen van Neerven, and chair Jacinta Le Plastrier, respond to the classic Australian poem ‘My country’ with new poems of their own, challenging clichés and notions of what it means to be Australian. Also includes the announcement of the 2016 Scanlon Foundation Prize.

Supported by Australian Poetry


Seminar: Getting Published

6pm Friday 2 September
Macmahon Ball Theatre, University of Melbourne

So you’ve got a great idea – now how do you get it published? Elizabeth Cowell (Text Publishing), Erik Jensen (The Saturday Paper), Aviva Tuffield (Black Inc) and Jacinda Woodhead (Overland) share insider tips and tricks, from pitching advice to how to wow editors. Chaired by Maria Tumarkin.

Supported by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne


Poetry of the self

5.30pm Sunday 4 September
ACMI The Cube, Federation Square, Melbourne

Following its success in Sydney, AVANT GAGA is coming to MWF. Around the central theme of self, 10 talented poets, including Michael Farrell, Gig Ryan and Jessica Wilkinson, will read their latest experiments in this special event, hosted by Overland poetry editor, Toby Fitch.

Supported by Australian Poetry


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