WordFest 2021

Wordfest Logo 2021

17 June - 18 July 2021

WordFest is the annual literature festival of the Monash Public Library Service. This year's festival began on 17 June and finished on 18 July 2021. The Monash Short Story Competition is held at the same time. Congratulations to all the winners.

All festival speakers and author talks are FREE.

With our WordFest author talks now complete, viewers can watch all the event recordings via our YouTube playlist. We believe this is a worthy way to spend some lockdown hours, even if we do say so ourselves.

 

WordFest Launch

Virginia Trioli

 

Thursday 17 June 2021

WordFest Launch

Event held.

Two-time Walkley Award winner, Virginia Trioli is one of Australia's best-known journalists, with a formidable reputation as a television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator. , Virginia discussed her work and writing and why Generation F: Why we still struggle with sex and power written so many years ago is still so clearly relevant today.

Sir John Monash Lecture

Sir John Monash Lecture

 

Wednesday 14 July 2021 

Sir John Monash Lecture: Fire, Flood Plague

Event Held.

Panel Discussion with Sophie Cunningham, James Bradley, Melanie Cheng.

Has the planet reached a tipping point? Whatever the answer to that question, the events of the last 18 months, fire, floods, plague have changed how Australians think, feel and live. 

Writers Sophie Cunningham, Melanie Cheng and James Bradley will join us to discuss our recent past, the near future and their perspectives on bearing witness and the urgent conversations that are needed if we are to cool our over-heated planet.

 

Short Story Workshops

 
Amy Bodossian

Saturday 26 June 2021.

Event held in person.

Amy Bodossian

Workshop – Unleashing Your Poetic Voice

Critically acclaimed cult spoken word star, cabaret artist and OCD ambassador Amy Bodossian is a raw, eccentric, and totally unique Australian performer who’s been captivating audiences for over ten years.

Come along to this workshop to learn how to structure, edit, shape a poem – what to focus on, what to leave out and how to drill down to the heart of what you are wanting to express in a poem.

 
Mark Smith

Saturday 3 July 2021.

Event held

Mark Smith: Youth Writing

Mark is an award-winning author who offers a unique insight into reading and writing – he came to both late, but has now published three books, including The Road to Winter, which is taught in schools around Australia. Mark’s experience in writing transforms into great workshops where he can guide you to getting started with your creative writing efforts.

 
Alex Hammond

Saturday 10 July 2021.

Event held

Alex Hammond : Adult Writing

A.W. Hammond was born in South Africa and emigrated to Australia as a child. He graduated with an Arts/Law degree from the University of Melbourne. Come along to this session and glean insights from Alex’s journey into getting published, and gain tips on getting the most out of your characters, structuring your novel, and getting your manuscript into the right hands.

Alex’s latest book is The Paris Collaborator

Short Story Competition
WordFest Logo

17 June - Closed18 July

Short Story Competition

The Short Story competition is now closed for 2021. Prizes will be announced at the Short Story Competition Award Ceremony on Wednesday 1 September (Zoom).

Short Story Competition Results. Congratulations to all the winners.

 

Author Talks

Heather Morris

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Event held.

Heather Morris 

In 2003 Heather Morris was introduced to Lale Sokolov, a Holocaust survivor whose story was first detailed in The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather’s debut novel and an international bestseller and multi-award winner. Heather will discuss her upcoming book and her method of bringing life to the stories passed on to her by those who lived them

Sally Rugg

Wednesday 23 June 2021: Keynote speaker

Event held.

Sally Rugg

Sally Rugg is a well-known speaker and writer on activism, feminism and LGBTQIA+ rights. Having worked at the forefront of the fight for marriage equality for many years. Sally will talk about the struggle to transcend the ordinary and achieve one of the largest social movements in Australia in recent times.

Jacinta Parsons

Thursday 24 June 2021

Event held

Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, radio maker, writer and public speaker who currently co-hosts the Afternoon program on ABC Local Radio Melbourne. Jacinta will discuss her first book Unseen and the impact of chronic illness on the everyday.

Keynote Panel

Tuesday 29 June 2021

Event held.

Keynote Panel: The ‘Hidden’ History of Women

Join facilitator Kelly Gardiner (author and host of the podcast Unladylike) and panellists Michelle Scott-Tucker, Mirranda Burton and Dr. Victoria Grieve-Williams, as they take a look at history from a new perspective

Sofie Laguna

Thursday 1 July 2021

Event Held

Sofie Laguna

Sofie worked for many years as an actor before she began to write – both for children and adults and has gone on to win multiple awards including the Miles Franklin award for her novel The Eye of the Sheep. Sophie will discuss her writing process and how she can so often transform darkness into light in her work. 

Tyson Yunkaporta

Tuesday 6 July 2021

Event held.

Tyson Yunkaporta

Tyson Yunkaporta is an academic, an arts critic, and a researcher who belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. He carves traditional tools and weapons and also works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne. He asks how contemporary life diverges from the pattern of creation. How does this affect us? How can we do things differently?

Tyson’s first book is Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

Kirsten Alexander

Thursday 8 July 2021

Event Held

Kirsten Alexander 

Kirsten has worked as a nonfiction book editor, copywriter, and article writer. She’s worked as a reviewer for ABC Radio National’s The Book Show, a magazine section editor, and content manager for several websites. Kirsten will discuss her works and how she takes times of great upheaval and fashions stories from them. Kirsten’s latest book is Riptides.

J P Pomare

Tuesday13 July 2021

Event held

J.P. Pomare 

J.P. Pomare has always been drawn to the dark. A first love for literary fiction quickly developed into a taste for sharp, fast paced story telling. He will discuss his novels, and how a simple concept can be wound into a story to create such excellent books.

J.P.’s upcoming book The Last Guests is due in the second half of 2021.

 

 

 

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Last updated: 02 September 2021