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Category Archives: Lisa Dempster

Arts Funding and Artistic Excellence: A Special Episode of the Kill Your Darlings Podcast

For this special edition of the Kill Your Darlings Podcast, we spoke with Hannah Kent, Esther Anatolitis (Regional Arts Victoria) and Lisa Dempster (Melbourne Writers Festival) about recent developments in national arts funding, as well as asking them what their criteria is for ‘artistic excellence’. Read more »

The KYD Highbrow vs Lowbrow Cultural Showdown: Round 2

Calling all culture vultures! If you’re spoiling for a pop culture fight, look no further than the Kill Your Darlings Highbrow vs Lowbrow Cultural Showdown: Round 2. Read more »

Online festivals and diversity in the digital space

Earlier this year, Lisa Dempster, the director of the Melbourne Writers Festival, tweeted: ‘So I think ‪@pausefest looks AMAZING… BUT I have to ask: is digital culture just for dudes? 2/31 speakers are women.’ Read more »

Exercise and the Writer

From Dylan Thomas, the Beats and Hunter S Thompson, to fictional Bernard Black, the image of the writer has long been romanticised as an unhealthy, alcoholic and otherwise-addled self-destructive force. But is this an outdated portrayal, and could it be holding us back creatively? Is it time … Read more »

You belong here: an unofficial history of the Emerging Writers’ Festival

Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), 2008: I can’t wait to meet Nathan Curnow. Is he the one with the goatee and the nice-guy vibe? No, that’s Kirk Marshall. What about the foxy redhead? No, that’s­– Hang on; I think it’s that guy … the one in the bunny … Read more »