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We asked ten festival speakers to write us a haiku about Melbourne. Will they wax forth about four seasons in one day?

Mel Campbell

Shake my umbrella
Over a bluestone threshold
Words will keep me warm.

Mel appears at Out of Shape alongside style blogger Cheryl Lin and NGV Textiles curator Paola Di Trocchio. NGV Theaterette, Ian Potter Centre. 10am. $19.50-$21.50. Sun Sep 1.

Oslo Davis

Jesus Christ! "You'll BURN!"
Barks Bourke Street preacher near rouge
SAVE sign in Supre

Oslo appears at Illustrator in Residence, one of daily three-hour drawing sessions by artists. The Atrium, Federation Square. Noon. Free. Sun Aug 25.

First Dog on the Moon

cold slippery streets
thank goodness here is a tram
i really love trams

Andrew Marlton (aka First Dog) appears at New News: Crowdfunding Journalism, alongside Bronwen Clune (ConnectWeb), Rick Chen (Pozible) and Melissa Sweet (Crikey). The Cube, ACMI. 11.30am. Free. Sun Sep 1. Also at Getting to the Point – a panel discussing the art of political cartoons, alongside Andrew Dyson and Judy Horacek. NGV Theaterette Ian Potter Centre. 2.30pm. $19.50-$21.50. Sun Aug 25.

Catherine Deveny

Did you read The Slap?
I would have smacked that kid too
Still breastfed at five?

Catherine appears at Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard, alongside Sean Condon and Max Barry. Studio 1, ACMI. 2.30pm. $19.50-$21.50. Sun Aug 25.

Tom Doig

Grey clouds burst as I
cycle home. Wait at the lights
With mud-speckled grin.

Tom appears at Travels in Dark Lands alongside Lonely Planet's Tony Wheeler. The Wheeler Centre. 9.30pm. Free. Thu Aug 29. Also Have Bike Will Travel, alongside Bike Snob NYC and Bridie O'Donnell. Bella Union. 8.30pm. $25. Fri Aug 30. Also at the Closing Party. Toff in Town. 6.30pm. $19.50-$21.50. Mon Sep 2.

Lisa Gorton

'Melbourne August'
Long winter nights. Now
a low moon, not pale, burns cold –
ash for these mornings.

Lisa appears at Life Lessons, interviewing biographers Peter McPhee and Ian Donaldson about the lives of French revolutionary Robespierre and poet and playwright Ben Jonson. ACMI Cinema 1. 1pm. $19.50-$21.50. Mon Aug 26. Also at Three Poets, alongside Ainslee Meredith and Aidan Coleman. The Cube, ACMI. 2.30pm. Free. Mon Sep 2.

Laura Jean McKay

Padded fog of sky.
When I reach Melbourne's fingers
I put on a bra.

Laura appears at Global Voices, alongside Iranian-born Australian writer and poet Ali Alizadeh and American of Taiwanese heritage Tao Lin. ACMI Studio 1. 1pm. $19.50-$21.50. Mon Sep 2. Also at the Closing Party, as with Tom Doig.

Graeme Simsion

Big names at the fest
Big game at the MCG
I’ll watch the replay

Graeme appears at On the Spectrum with editor and critic Jo Case, chaired by Estelle Tang. The pair have written stories about people living with Asperger's. The Cube, ACMI. 10am. $19.50-$21.50. Sat Aug 24.

Ainslee Meredith

'Arrival to MEL'
Seeing you, I steer
into spallation: the setting, dust,
in my mouth, dust.

Ainslee appears at Three Poets, as above with Lisa Gorton.

Estelle Tang

Do you think Gwyneth
Paltrow will be there? Probly
Not. But I will, so.

Estelle hosts Keynote: Tavi's World with teenage blogger-turned-media mogul Tavi Gevinson. Athanaeum Theatre. 6pm. Sat Aug 24. Also at A Tale for the Time Being, interviewing novelist Ruth Ozeki. ACMI Cinema 1. 11.30am. $19.50-$21.50. Mon Sep 2. Also at On the Spectrum, as above with Graeme Simsion.

Updated on 19 Jul 2013.

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