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Women of Letters is an afternoon that celebrates a diverse range of strong female talent whilst simultaneously raising funds for Victorian animal rescue shelter, Edgar’s Mission.
Co-curated by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, the monthly occasion brings together five of Melbourne’s best and brightest writers, musicians, politicians and comedians in celebration of the beautiful lost art of letter-writing.


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Upcoming events

People of Letters, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, part two in a series.

October 2, 2014, 7:00pm

Indus
Jalan Raya Sanggingan
Ubud,  80571 Map

After making their Indonesian debut in 2013, WoL co-curators Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy are thrilled to be bringing their People of Letters event back to the UWRF in October 2014. For one magnificent, balmy night only we will present together for the first time ever on stage: Writer and climate warrior TIM FLANNERY Author RAYYA ELIAS Playwright HANNIE RAYSON Writer, journalist and broadcaster KAMIN MOHAMMADI Surf writer and historian PHIL JARRATT Iconic screenwriter and director ROLF DE HEER And award-winning poet, actor, and writer CARLOS ANDRES GOMEZ. These wonderful human beings will each be penning 'A letter to the thing I wish I'd written.' Tickets are $35 and available here: http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com/program/people-of-letters-2/ Be quick, this show will sell out in record time!

Women of Letters, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, part two in a series.

October 4, 2014, 7:00pm

Indus
Jalan Raya Sanggingan
Ubud,  80571 Map

That's right, THEY ARE RETURNING TO BALI! After touring Jakarta and Yogyakarta in 2013, WoL co-curators Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy are thrilled to be bringing their Women of Letters event back to the UWRF in October 2014. Please do join them as they raise a cocktail in celebration of: Bestselling crime author and literary doyenne VAL MCDERMID Writer of the Miles Franklin shortlisted The Night Guest FIONA MCFARLANE Beloved children's author ALISON LESTER Poet and spoken word performer EMILIE ZOEY BAKER Award-winning novelist EIMEAR MCBRIDE And founder and director of Makassar International Writers Festival LILY YULIANTI FARID These incredible women will each be writing 'A letter to a missed opportunity.' Tickets are $35 and available here: http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com/program/women-of-letters-2/ Be quick, this show will sell out in record time!

Men of Letters, Sydney - part four in a series.

October 19, 2014, 2:30pm

The Basement Sydney
29 Reiby Place
Sydney, NSW  2000 Map

MEN OF LETTERS IS RETURNING TO THE DAZZLING LIGHTS OF THE HARBOUR CITY! That’s right, taking a trip to Sydney for their FOURTH ANNUAL MAN-VISIT, WOMEN OF LETTERS are inviting you to Sydney’s jazz cellar The Basement, to celebrate a glorious selection of the country’s finest and most wonderful all-male talent. These chaps will go where no man has gone before – into the celebration of the lost art of letter writing. On Sunday, October 19th, the Women of Letters team will bring together for the first time on stage: Hip hop artist and heartbreaker BUCK 65 Greens Senator SCOTT LUDLAM Television host and raconteur ANDREW O'KEEFE Iconic Australian artist KEN DONE Poet, author and rapper OMAR MUSA Sydney Swans AFL icon BRETT KIRK Music industry personality IAN 'DICKO' DICKSON Writer, director and performer NICK COYLE Executive Director of the Sydney Theatre Company PATRICK MCINTYRE and founder of Lawrence Creative Strategy and the man behind the 'Kevin '07' campaign NEIL LAWRENCE These fine gentlemen will each be penning and reading a letter to ‘The Woman Who Changed My Life’. There’ll be a DJ set by the gorgeous Zan Rowe, wine, and copious amounts of letter writing. Stamps and envelopes will be provided, and in the spirit of participation attendees are encouraged to pen short notes. Men of Letters kicks off at 3:00 and bookings are essential via: http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/men-of-letters/73211 For $25 plus booking fee that’s a fairly formidable afternoon’s entertainment. All funds raised go – as ever – to our friends at Edgar’s Mission. http://www.edgarsmission.org.au/ http://www.thebasement.com.au/ http://www.womenofletters.com.au/

Men of Letters, Melbourne - part four in a series.

October 26, 2014, 1:30pm

The Regal Ballroom
216 High St
Northcote, VIC  3070 Map

MEN OF LETTERS IS BACK! It’s that time of year again when WOMEN OF LETTERS dons its tailcoat and bowler hat, its pipe and pocket watch for our annual celebration of gentlemen! You are cordially invited back to our beloved Regal Ballroom to witness some of this country’s finest all-male talent put pen to paper in honour of the art of putting pen to paper, that most beloved of divertissements—letter-writing. On Sunday, October 26th, the Women of Letters team will bring together for the first time on stage: Actor, elder and national treasure UNCLE JACK CHARLES Beloved news presenter PETER HITCHENER Admired actor, activist and unicycle warrior SAMUEL JOHNSON Award-winning novelist and crime writer SHANE MALONEY Acclaimed, iconic actor ALEX PAPPS Celebrated, award-winning filmmaker RICHARD LOWENSTEIN Actor, writer and Offspring star PATRICK BRAMMALL Award-winning chef and restaurateur SHANE DELIA Esteemed broadcaster, comedian and writer PAUL VERHOEVEN These delightful chaps will each be penning and reading a letter to ‘The Woman Who Changed My Life’. There’ll be a DJ set by the wondrous Jess Cornelius, wine, and copious amounts of letter writing. Stamps and envelopes will be provided, and in the spirit of participation attendees are encouraged to pen short notes. Men of Letters has a SPECIAL EARLY START TIME and kicks off at 2:00pm, doors at 1.30pm. Bookings are essential via http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=47188&utm_medium=Website&utm_source=OzTix&utm_content=GigGuide&utm_term=MEN%20OF%20LETTERS__ For $25 plus booking fee that’s a fairly formidable afternoon’s entertainment. All funds raised go – as ever – to our friends at Edgar’s Mission.

Men of Letters, Brisbane - part three in a series.

November 2, 2014, 3:00pm

the zoo
711 ann st
Brisbane, QLD  4006 Map

ATTENTION GOOD FOLK OF THE RIVER CITY, MEN OF LETTERS IS BACK! It’s that time of year again when WOMEN OF LETTERS returns to our beloved adopted Brisbane home, The Zoo, for our annual gentlemanly celebration of letter-writing. Some of the country's finest all-male talent will gather in this hallowed attic to venture where few men have gone before - into the beautiful lost art of letter-writing! On Sunday, November 2nd, the Women of Letters team will bring together for the first time on stage: Best-selling author and beloved QWeekend contributor MATTHEW CONDON Iconic rock musician and national treasure JAMES REYNE Award-winning novelist NICK EARLS Federal Member for Moreton GRAHAM PERETT MP Music journalist, musician and man about town EVERETT TRUE Award-winning country music singer JAMES BLUNDELL Writer, author and bookseller JACK VENING Award-winning comedian GEOFFREY WINDLE These delightful chaps will each be penning and reading a letter to ‘The Woman Who Changed My Life’. There’ll be wine, cheese plates and copious amounts of letter writing. Stamps and envelopes will be provided, and in the spirit of participation attendees are encouraged to pen short notes. Doors are at 3:00pm and Men of Letters kicks off at 3.30pm. Bookings are essential via http://www.thezoo.com.au For $25 plus booking fee that’s a fairly formidable afternoon’s entertainment. All funds raised go – as ever – to our friends at Edgar’s Mission.

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Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

“Hot on the heels of a hugely successful tour of Indonesia with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in 2013, literary salon Women of Letters now brings the love of letter writing to your small screen. Curated by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, Women of Letters events in Australia and all over the world focus on the value of letter writing and reviving the lost art of written correspondence. Now, in this unique venture, you can share your letters from home with this Women of Letters online letter writing platform on the UWRF website.”

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