Created as a relaxed evening event, Melbourne’s new Literary Salon is a friendly monthly gathering, a space for writers and storytellers to share ideas, meet those new in town and chat about current projects.
It happens on the last Tuesday of every month except December, at Beer Deluxe in Federation Square.
The Lit Salon is for all who work with books and stories: illustrators and animators, librarians and book artists, graphic novelists, journalists, producers and storytellers.
Let’s all get together and have a drink, shall we?
So, what *is* the Literary Salon?
There’s a lot going on in literary Melbourne, with fabulously funky sessions several days a week. The #LitSalon is a little different, designed as an informal meet up. There’s a 60-second speech to round up the month’s happenings, and then it’s all about sharing news, ideas, projects.
You’ll be greeted at the door by a team of
booze hounds respectable wordy people, some known and new faces. We’ll make sure you find a good conversation, and we promise not to bite.*
A bit of background
The Melbourne Literary Salon was created by Anna Burkey, founding host of the long-running Edinburgh Literary Salon, in a fellow UNESCO City of Literature. Now that she’s moved to Australia, she’s assembled a crack squad of fellow literary ninjas to help her bring together the literary community on a regular basis.
Anna also ran a pilot Salon when visiting Cape Town, through which she met many excellent South African writers.
*Unless you ask, and even then, meh.