As ever, Melbourne Writers Festival is a maze of must-dos, but we’ve isolated a pretty perfect Saturday, August 23
9am Coffee and Papers
Dissect the day’s news with The Age’s own editors and journos, plus some special Festival guests. Festival Club at Optic, Fed Square, Melbourne 3000. $10 or free to Age subscribers.
10am Cryptic Crossword Masterclass with David Astle
Can you out-spoonerism Australia’s cryptic cruciverbalist? Try your best in this hour of limber linguistics. The Ian Potter Centre, Fed Square, Melbourne 3000. $19-$22.
11.30am Drawing the Joke with Oslo Davis
Satirical cartoonist Oslo Davis uses your input to sketch live. Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship? The Ian Potter Centre, Fed Square, Melbourne 3000. $19-$22.
1pm Ben Watt: In Conversation
As the male half of Everything But the Girl, musician Ben Watt was fairly anonymous, but he’s since written a startling memoir about his parents. Deakin Edge, Fed Square, Melbourne 3000. $19-$22.
2pm Masterclass: Food Writing
Ruth Reichl is one of the most feared women in NYC… if you’re a restaurateur. The New York Times food critic and author discusses the form. Boardroom, Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000. $120-$140.
4pm Reading Fashion
A bit of detective work into NGV exhibition Fashion Detective reveals forgeries, hidden stories and material evidence. The Ian Potter Centre, Fed Square, Melbourne 3000. $19-$22.
5.30pm Talking Points: How TV Got Great
Join TV critics Emily Nussbaum (The New Yorker) and Melinda Houston (Fairfax) as they discuss the boom in long-form television. Deakin Edge, Fed Square, Melbourne 3000. $19-$22.
7.30pm A Little History: Photographing Nick Cave
Photographer Bleddyn Butcher has shadowed Nick Cave for more than 35 years and can offer incomparable insight into the performer. Deakin Edge, Fed Square, Melbourne 3000. $19-$22.
Melbourne Writers Festival, around Melbourne, Aug 21-31