PJ Harvey Leads Huge Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 Program

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PJ Harvey Leads Huge Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 Program

The Melbourne Writers Festival have pulled out the big guns for their first announcement, boasting a huge cast of literary heavyweights and critical thinkers for their 2016 event.

In what will be an extraordinary visual presentation and fascinating conversation, acclaimed musician and Mercury Prize Winner PJ Harvey will share her poetry in The Hollow of the Hand, alongside photojournalist Seamus Murphy’s striking images from their travels together to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington DC between 2011 and 2014. The Hollow of the Hand will be held at the Athenaeum Theatre on Thursday September 1.

Elsewhere on the program, Australian writer and slam poet Maxine Beneba Clarke will share from her poetry collections, while stand-up comedian, actor and writer Alexei Sayle will charm audiences with his side-splitting memoirs, and multiple award-winning novelist Richard Flanagan will ask the deep question: ‘Does Writing Matter?’

The Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 will launch on Friday August 26 and will run until Sunday September 4. Visit www.mwf.com.au for the full program.