August give-away: Festival Tix

I think it’s been fairly well established that I’m very excited about the Melbourne Writers Festival. It’s a fabulous opportunity to hear from some great writers and lovers of all things wordy. The program is rich, and the two keynote events promise to be extremely entertaining.

Image: S. Tan

For our August give-away, you’ll get a chance to get involved with Stories Unbound yourself.

I’m so pleased to be able to offer a lucky winner a double pass to the festival’s keynote event – Shaun Tan’s The Arrival.

The inventive graphic stories of internationally renowned local illustrator Shaun Tan have already migrated from page to screen, with the Oscar-winning film The Lost Thing. Now, Tan’s much-loved The Arrival – following the melancholic yet hopeful adventures of a refugee in a strange world – has been brought to life in music by Sydney composer and musician Ben Walsh. An amazing live ‘sonic-scape’, performed by the multi-instrumental Orkestra of the Underground, accompanies projections of Tan’s exquisite illustrations. Tan will introduce this performance via video. This remarkable collaboration makes its Victorian premiere as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. (MWF Program,

Tan is a unique talent, his books haunting, and this event promises to be something very special.

To go into the running to win this double pass, all you have to do is have a look over the festival program, and tell us what other event you’d most like to go to. Then:

1. Leave a comment on this post, or

2. Visit That Book You Like‘s Facebook page

…and tell us what you’d choose, and why.

The winner of this month’s competition (selected at random) will receive a double pass to attend the keynote event – Shaun Tan’s The Arrival.

This competition is short and sharp, and entries close next Tuesday, 16 August 2011.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marta
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 05:52:04

    I found your blog via MWF newsletter, and heard that you would be covering this year’s festival as well. Looking for to reading your thoughts on this year’s events.


  2. Kay Hart
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 06:21:21

    Jonathan Franzen – keynote address would be fantastic. Also In conversation with Jonathan Franzen. I’m currently mid-read of Freedom.


  3. Jackie
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 11:23:37

    ‘The Rabbits’ is possibly my favourite work of Shaun Tan, but ‘The Arrival’ was also captivating. So, I’d love to attend this event.

    You might be interested in my review of it:

    I’d love to attend The Book Factory events. Sounds like it would be a wonderful experience for children.


    • That Book You Like
      Aug 14, 2011 @ 11:40:52

      Thanks Jackie – what a great review!

      The Book Factory events sound great don’t they? I’m looking forward to getting along to some of the children’s lit sessions on Tuesday.


  4. Jackie
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 11:42:43

    Can’t wait to hear about it.


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  6. Jess
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 02:55:19

    I’m most excited about Switching to Fiction, because I’m a huge fan of Anna Funder’s Staziland. There are so many to choose from! Malai Joya’s events will be great as well. And freakonomics. Bit excited.


  7. Hari
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:29:32

    Would love to attend ‘TV Tales’ with Steve Hely- I’d love to dine with a television writer of something as sharp as 30 Rock.


  8. Violet
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:12:52

    Arrghh! Just finished Freedom by Franzen. Now need to accost him @ MWF to sign my book… 😀


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