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In Conversation with Melbourne Writers Festival

Profile of Melbourne Writers Festival & Australian Communities Foundation
Hosted by Melbourne Writers Festival & Australian Communities Foundation
30 July 2020

You’re invited to a special pre-festival event with Jamila Rizvi (Board Director) and Gene Smith (Associate Director) from the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF).

Join us with a cup of tea, glass of wine or your beverage of choice, for this behind-the-scenes conversation with Jamila and Gene on the determination and adaptation that has helped MWF design an entirely online program to keep literary arts audiences and artists connected. 

MWF recently unveiled the first local and international guests joining the festival.

Melbourne Writers Festival 2020 will run online from 7–16 August.


Thursday 30 July 2020
4:00 – 5:00pm AEST


Jamila Rizvi – Board Director, MWF

Jamila is an author, presenter and political commentator. Jamila is Editor-at-Large of the Nine Network’s Future Women, host of their podcast Future Women Weekly and columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She joined the MWF Board in 2017.

Gene Smith – Associate Director, MWF

Gene is a writer, producer and programmer, and joined the Festival in July 2018 as Program Manager before being appointed Associate Director in late 2019. Prior to moving to Melbourne, he was at Sydney Writers’ Festival coordinating special projects including the festival’s Live & Local live stream program.


This event will be hosted online. To register, follow the ‘join the event’ link below and enter your details.

Please note that this session may be recorded. If you do not wish to appear on video, please ensure your video is disabled for the duration of the session.

Image credit: Melbourne Writers Festival