One of the nation’s beloved songwriters, Cold Chisel’s Don Walker has penned some of Australia’s most epic rock anthems. At this year's Melbourne Writers Festival, Don discusses his latest book Songs with Paul Kelly, sharing the inspirations behind some of this country's classic hits and what makes his musical heart beat.
Held across the Festival’s new Literary Precinct from 30 August to 8 September, Melbourne Writers Festival will bring together some of the world’s leading authors, artists, journalists, poets, playwrights and songwriters to celebrate the myriad ways words move and inspire us.
Through the lens of this year’s theme, When We Talk About Love, artists will tell stories of resilience, of heartbreak and letting go, family, bodies and home – bringing the City of Literature to life for a ten-day celebration of talks, oration, music, immersive art and performance.
International icons include beloved crime writer Val McDermid, Canadian author Patrick DeWitt, New York Times essayist Sloane Crosley, musicians Kim Gordon and Ben Folds, historian Deborah Lipstadt, and civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, alongside local legends including novelist Richard Flanagan, Jane Caro, Denise Scott, Tony Birch, Bruce Pascoe and Sophie Cunningham.
Tickets to Melbourne Writers Festival are on sale now. Browse the full program at www.mwf.com.au/program