Events update

What's on for 2019

We are in the process of finalising our events calendar for the committee year and would like your input on the topics you would like us to bring to you through speakers at our dinner and in-house meetings. Anything that is trending, issues you face or that will affect your business, and legal matters that impact, to start. There will also be regional and freelancers' meetings.

The Events sub-committee (Marie Pietersz, Susan Keogh and Sally McInness) will be happy to hear from you.

In the meantime, keep the dates free for the following events.

Come and spend an enjoyable evening of networking, sharing ideas and listening to interesting speakers present exciting topics. We have some new venues and menus for you to sample too.

In-house editors networking event: Wednesday 23 October 2019

Where: Level 7, Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne
Time: 5.30pm
Note: this venue is wheelchair-accessible and has an audio induction loop.

Meet other in-house editors, have a snack and hear Rebecca Kaiser, Sydney-based Editorial Director of Allen & Unwin, speak about building a career in publishing.

For more details and to book, see the IPEd website.

Dinner meeting: Thursday 31 October

Where: Upstairs function room, Terminus Hotel, 492 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North
(Note: the only access is by a narrow, steep staircase lacking a banister) 
Free parking in Queens Parade and Brennand Street, approximately 400 metres from Rushall Station, or catch the No.86 tram.
Time: 6pm to 9.00pm approx.
Speaker: Pooja Desai
Topic: Current book design
Menu: Includes a meal.
Cost$45 members (and members of affiliated organisations); $36 concession and student members; $54 non-members.

Pooja Desai's design career spanned packaging, product, magazines, marketing and digital before she came upon her one true love: publishing. She is currently the Design Manager for Hardie Grant Egmont, and her design for the Pups series won the Australian Book Designers 2019 Jacky Winter Group award for the best-designed children's and young adult series. She also designs for a number of NGOs, including the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Road to Refuge and Human Rights, and Arts Film Festival.

For more details and to book, see the IPEd website.

Christmas meeting: Thursday 5 December 

Where: Grand Chancellor Hotel, 131 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 
Time: 5.30pm to 10.00pm approx.
Speaker: Mark Brandi (Melbourne writer of bestselling novel Wimmera)
Menu: Buffet and soft drinks, tea and coffee (alcoholic drinks at own expense).

Save the date!

Events review

Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

One of the big drawcards to our fair city in September was the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which took place from 30 August to 8 September 2019.

if you are a Books + Publishing member you can read its full review of MWF19 at

For those who are not members, MWF Media's comprehensive wrap-up of MWF19 with key data is provided (by permission) for you:

•MWF19 made more than $600,000 in ticket sales, delivering the second-largest box office take in MWF history, after the bumper 2018 program. MWF19 offered 347 events compared to 380 events last year.

•More than 70 pieces of original work were generated by local and international guests for the festival.

•Festival attendees were also encouraged to write their stories through events such as Letters to My Broken Heart, where letters were folded into a giant sculpture acknowledging heartbreak and loss, and the mesmerising Museum of Broken Relationships, which exhibited artefacts and stories from Melbourne’s broken-hearted in addition to exhibits collected from around the globe.

•The venues were also new this year as MWF19 became part of a new literary precinct, with State Library Victoria at its heart.

•MWF19 recorded sold-out sessions for Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan, Blacks Live Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark, and iconic songwriter Ben Folds.

•Hen’s Night with the Kates (Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney), the John Button Oration by Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt, and Duets series conversations with Tina Arena and Deborah Cheetham, and Archie Roach and Allara, also attracted full houses.

•The last day of the festival saw a packed Storey Hall give a standing ovation to investigative journalist Louise Milligan following her session on Cardinal George Pell, The Fall of the Prince.

•Other events filled to capacity included the First Nations Blak and Bright Festival, AfroHub (including the much-loved Poetry and Jazz Party), and the intimate Stripped Queers Reading event, with new genre-based programming focused on romance, crime and young adult fiction also attracting strong support.

•Artistic Director Marieke Hardy said: 'Some of my highlights included Marry Your Friends, a genuinely warm, startling and moving commitment ceremony where friends pledged undying devotion, Tales for Sad and Weary Hearts where we heard songs of healing in a room of hope, Marvel comic author Eve L. Ewing – a powerhouse of hope, positivity and art that had the Festival in thrall, and my literary heart Patrick deWitt. Festivalgoers loved our new home in the literary precinct, with State Library Victoria at its centre, The Moat as our festival bar, and The Toff in Town hosting some of our most intimate special events. It was everything we hoped for and more.'

For editors who attended the festival, MWF has said it would love to collect your feedback through its audience survey: