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Spinifex authors at Melbourne Writers Festival! at Federation Square

It's every book-lovers favourite time of year in Melbourne, and Festival fever has well and truly hit! Check out the Spinifex authors attending Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) this year! 


Anne Østby is the author of Town of Lovea book that paints a vivid picture of some of the world's most vulnerable women and children. In this town they are "women of love"; young women who make up a workforce tasked with feeding their families by selling their bodies. Even baby girls are welcome in this town of love, because one day they will be breadwinners, following in their mother's footsteps ... Only one woman dares to break free of this legacy. Her name is Tamanna, she is nineteen-years-old and she will risk everything for freedom. Even her daughter.

Anne is coming to Melbourne for the Festival, and will take part in the panel Bookwallah: Good Girls, Bad Girls and Terrible Truths, concentrating on the plight of women in India by sharing stories of modern Indian women. 

When: Friday August 30, 10AM
Where: ACMI Studio 1
Code: 4901

Anne will also be part of the Morning Read along with Marina Warner, Aidan Coleman, Kevin Kwan and chaired by Thuy On.

When: Sat 31 August, 10-11AM
Where: Venue Beer DeLuxe
This is a free event, and no bookings are required. 


Francesca Rendle-Short, author of Bite Your Tongue, has two wonderful sessions at the Festival this year.

Between Friends (Friday August 23, 10AM) puts female friendships under the microscope. 

Style Versus Content (Friday August 23, 1:30PM) will see Francesca chairing a discussion, exploring the novel's rich possibilities beyond conventional narratives.

Author Page(s) Anne Ch. Ostby, Francesca Rendle-Short

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