Rock & Roll Writers Festival Melbourne Program Announced

Fans of music and writing will meet with top musicians, authors, journalists and songwriters in Melbourne next month, as the Rock & Roll Writers Festival heads to Abbotsford Convent.

Australia’s only literary festival celebrating the creative relationship between writing and music, the Rock & Roll Writers Festival will bring more than 15 musicians, novelists, commentators and journalists to the Convent on Sunday 9 April, marking the first time the festival has toured from its home base of Brisbane.

The festival will offer four panel sessions throughout the day, discussing the creative process for writing music, and for writing about music. Topics include the impact of place, identity, desire and fear on the songwriting process, sharing unique perspectives from performers, as well as those writing and working behind the scenes.

Top talent attending includes singer-songwriters Cash Savage, Mike Noga and Jess Ribeiro who will delve into the motivations and madness of songwriting.

Internationally-acclaimed producer, performer, writer and former Bad Seeds musician, Hugo Race, will join The Black Eyed Susans front man and author, Rob Snarski, and Cherry Bomb author and journalist Jenny Valentish for a discussion on the meaning, intention and reliability of memoir.

Bunna Lawrie, lead singer and songwriter of Indigenous band Coloured Stone, joins journalist and author Andrew Stafford and musician Mick Thomas to discuss the impact of place and identity on writing and the creative process.

Award-winning journalist and author Andrew McMillen (Talking Smack: Honest Conversations About Drugs), will join fellow music critics Michael Dwyer, Kate Hennessy and Mikey Cahill for an in conversation session on reviewing music as an art form, an experience and as a context for the times.

Panel moderators include author Nicole Hayes (The Whole of My World), and host of Triple J’s Australian music show Home & Hosed, Dom Alessio.

Rock & Roll Writers Festival Director, Leanne de Souza, said:

"Although the concept and intention behind the event was born of a personal connection with the Brisbane music scene over the past two decades, my vision was always to tour and explore the conversations in the other great music cities of the world. We are thrilled that Abbotsford Convent welcomed our first foray in to what was an obvious choice – Melbourne. "

Abbotsford Convent CEO, Collette Brennan, said she is delighted to have secured the Rock & Roll Writers Festival for Melbourne.

“As home to more than 100 in-residence arts and cultural practitioners, many of them writers, Melbourne’s Abbotsford Convent is the perfect place for the Rock & Roll Writers Festival to deliver its inaugural ‘Tour Edition’ program.

“Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct, the Convent offers a year-round events program, connecting our community of passionate visitors with artists and cultural leaders. The RRWF provides a unique opportunity for music fans, musicians, writers and book lovers to hear first-hand about the creative spark between writing and music, in the relaxed, welcoming environment of the Abbotsford Convent.”

Rolling Stone is proud to be the exclusive media partner of the Rock & Roll Writers Festival.

Rock & Roll Writers Festival Tour Edition is presented in Melbourne in association with the Abbotsford Convent.



Sunday 9 April, 1 – 8pm
Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
$49 plus booking fee