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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