Life. Stories.

The 2018 Write Around the Murray Festival theme sees our program bursting with books, conversations and events about life, about story, about life stories. We’ve gathered stories that teach us, transcend us and travel us through the vicissitudes of life. Memoirs feature strongly as we plumb the depths of lived experience. Fiction stands tall in a program that celebrates creativity and storytelling in all its forms. Our program will comfort, challenge, inspire, delight and excite.

Launch event

We can hardly wait to announce all the details at the Festival Program launch on Thursday 26 July, when we hope you’ll join us for a special in-conversation with Stan Yarramunua and Robert Hillman. In a perfect prelude to Write Around the Murray’s Life. Stories. program, we look forward to hearing moving and inspiring stories from the remarkable Stan Yarramunua. Find out more

Our launch event gives you a sneak peak as to the calibre of our events and engaging storytellers who’ll be joining us in September. In addition to working with Stan on A Man Called Yarra, Robert Hillman has written many other extraordinary biographies, including Gurrumul: His Life and Music, and The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif, about Afghani refugee Najaf Mazari, with whom he also collaborated on the novel The Honey Thief.

Book of the Festival

Robert Hillman will be back during the Festival with a few stories of his own and will be featured in-conversation with Jason Steger, discussing his latest fiction, The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted. The Bookshop weaves some beautifully told and heartbreaking life stories, spanning 1940s Poland and Germany to 1970s country Australia. It’s so good that the publishers are offering your money back if you don’t like it!

Read The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted now and we’ll give you the rest of our recommended reading list on 26 July. Or subscribe here to receive e-news updates and a few more hints on what to read ahead of the fest.

The Festival Vibe

Watch this 90 second clip for a sense of what to expect at Write Around the Murray.