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Melbourne Was Underwater?
The experts have spoken – there’s no doubt the water is rising. But what will it mean for Melbournians?
Your suburban backyard might not be growing seaweed, but the effects will be felt across our city as we adapt to new ways of being. What might rising water levels mean for our ports and for waste management? How will our…
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Our City of Literature: Ten Stories of Melbourne
Eloise Grills at the Deakin Edge — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Melbourne has always been a city of literature. Our population is bursting with rabid readers and writers. We have the best libraries, the coolest bookshops, the finest festivals and some truly pioneering publishers. Also, Monkey Grip is set here and we are the best at wearing turtlenecks.
So it made perfect sense when, in 2008, Melbourne joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and made it official – becoming a designated City of Literature in recognition of our literary spirit.
For the tenth anniversary of this designation, we kicked off the celebrations with a gala night of readings and storytelling at Deakin Edge. We heard from ten brilliant writers – both established and emerging – who have made Melbourne home for either a short time or a lifetime. Where, for them, does Melbourne come alive on the page? Which classic stories and scenes of Melbourne are part of our literary DNA, and how are a new generation of writers remaking the city with words?
In order of appearance … hear from Alice Pung, Tony Birch, Jane Rawson, Eloise Grills, Moreno Giovannoni, Jennifer Down, Alexis Wright, Patricia Cornelius, Andy Griffiths and Sumudu Samarawickrama.
This event was presented in partnership with the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office.
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This is Not a Drill with Ali Moore
A Hypothetical Supercity, 2033
Australia's population hit 25 million this year and – if the forecasts are correct – it's heading to 38 million by 2050. Cities like Sydney and Melbourne are set to jump by up to 60% – from five to eight million. But what if that's a conservative estimate? Twenty years ago the experts said we wouldn’t get to 25 million…
The Big Grapple: Dave Graney
'There is no fame like that of an underworld God.'
Dave Graney talks music and fame at The Big Grapple: Loving and Loathing New York City – a night of storytelling from Melburnians who don't heart NY.
The Big Grapple was part of MEL&NYC – a city-wide cultural festival celebrating all things New York and Melbourne – and featured nine…
The Big Grapple: Tina Del Twist
'Music is how we connect.'
Tina Del Twist performs a New York classic at The Big Grapple: Loving and Loathing New York City – a night of storytelling from Melburnians who don't heart NY.
The Big Grapple was part of MEL&NYC – a city-wide cultural festival celebrating all things New York and Melbourne – and featured nine stories about fantasy…
The Big Grapple: Sally Seltmann
'Holly hinted that my missing suitcase dilemma had indeed been going on for too long. She mentioned that things were starting to feel a bit "Single White Female".'
Sally Seltmann talks lost luggage and vintage streets, at The Big Grapple: Loving and Loathing New York City – a night of storytelling from Melburnians who don't heart NY.
The Big Grapple…
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