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From 31 August to 1 September, the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), in partnership with Melbourne City of Literature, has transformed the city into a literary hub, with more than 200 page-turning events. Special feature of this edition? A delegation of international festival directors to engage with local writers.
Between the month of July and August, the Creative Cities of Literature Melbourne and Reykjavík are sharing the children's readings and short fictional stories on Sleipnir’s journey, an imaginary horse from Norse mythology. Through Sleipnir Travels Website, children are invited to create digital postcards about Sleipnir’s adventures in the cities it visits. These postcards will be publishable (and email-able) directly from a website.
On 11-12 February, “Writing Our Melbourne” will showcase the work of three expatriate Indian authors and their conceptions of their city, as part of the Jaipur Literature Festival Melbourne. The festival, in itself a collaboration between the Jaipur Literature Festival and the Melbourne Writers Festivals, will explore the unique links between the two Creative Cities, their countries and people.
On 28 August, the 2016 edition of the Chinese Writers Festival, supported by Melbourne Creative City of Literature and Creative Victoria, will showcase Chinese-Australian literary achievements and celebrate diversity in Melbourne’s cultural landscape. This completely bilingual festival will include a mix of keynotes and panels featuring local and international guests, including Lei Tao (Xi'an), Xu Xi (Hong Kong-New York), Ouyang Yu, Alice Pung and more.
From 15th September to 2nd October, the “Open Book” programme, presented in partnership with Melbourne Fringe Festival supported by Melbourne Creative City of Literature, will feature a wide range of events and installations that will cast a new light on the city and its relationship with literature.
Fully supported by the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office, the LoveOzYA website is designed to further connect communities by promoting a united message, centralising information, encouraging free-flowing discussion and raising the profile of Australian litterary content.
Writers Victoria is pleased to launch a new directory of Chinese-Australian writers to assist literary organisations, programmers and publications and to increase the diversity of their programs and journals. Developed by Writers Victoria as part of D-Writers China project, this resource was made possible by the support of the Melbourne City of Literature Office.
Playing upon the old idea of the ‘commons’ where communities and cultures share in a co-operative space of creativity, as well as building upon much that is common between our worldviews, Literary Commons! is a long-term and deep-impact project that brings together writers and fosters literary exchanges that are of especial relevance to Australia and India: First Nations/Indigenous and bhasha/Dalit/tribal literatures.
Passionate about Indigenous culture, stories and books? From 18 to 21 February, Blak&Bright the Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival will take place in Melbourne, proposing a program with more than twenty workshops held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from several domains.  Melbourne as UNESCO Creative City of Literature will be supporting the inauguration of the Festival.
Melbourne is a literary city, of readers and curious minds. Celebrating Melbourne’s diverse literary heritage and love of printed matter, and international recognition as one of only eleven worldwide UNESCO Cities of Literature, the NGV presents the Melbourne Art Book Fair in 2015.A new project of its kind in Australia, the Melbourne Art Book Fair provides a unique art, architecture and design experience for visitors to the NGV.The 2015 Melbourne Art Book Fair was the first of a series of annual art book events developed by the NGV.