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Newcastle Writers Festival

Due to COVID-19, the 2019 Newcastle Writers Festival has been cancelled and no tickets are available. All buyers should have been contacted regarding refunds. Please email ticketing@newcastlewritersfestival.org.au with any concerns.

Current Events

Past Events

  • Wednesday 1 April 2020
    Our Literary Trivia Night is back! Do you know your Capote from your Corris? Can you name Tim Winton’s debut novel? After the success of the inaugural Literary Trivia Night in 2019, we’re holding another event to raise funds for the 2021 primary schools program. Great ‘literary’ prizes on offer including book bundles and festival tickets. Teams of two to eight welcome. Hosted by Nick Milligan. Tickets $15 ($20 on the door)
    The Edwards
  • Friday 3 April 2020
    A guided writing workshop with Kaaron Warren. The Lock-Up was formerly the Newcastle Police Station from 1861 to 1982. In this guided workshop, you’ll explore the nooks and crannies, the cells and the hallways of the building, absorbing the atmosphere and history. Participants will talk about the history of the building and work with writing prompts. Stories will be shared at the end of the work. Tickets $65. Limited to 20 places.
    The Lock-Up
  • Friday 3 April 2020
    ‘You can reach the darkest point in your life and come back, and come good, even better.’ Legendary musician, songwriter and activist Archie Roach shares his extraordinary story of heartbreak and resilience at this special event. Archie will also perform. Hosted by Teela Ried. Master of Ceremonies: Dan Cox. Tickets $40
    Civic Theatre
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    The bushfire crisis placed leadership under the microscope and there were successes and failures. Tim Costello, Tjanara Goreng Goreng and Margaret Simons explore the qualities of effective leaders. Hosted by Rebecca Huntley. Tickets $20
    Concert Hall
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    Mary Moody discusses her powerful new memoir, which centres on the fallout from her husband’s death and the ways in which she rebuilt her life. Hosted by Nicole Abadee. Tickets $15
    Mulubinba Room
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    John Marsden has been an educator and writer for 30 years. He shares what he has learned and shares his concerns about today’s childhood experience. Hosted by Meredith Jaffé. Tickets $20
    Civic Playhouse
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    He was our longest serving Labor Prime Minister and considered by many as our greatest. Blanche d’Alpuget discusses Bob Hawke - the man and the myth. Hosted by Cassie McCullagh. Tickets $15
    Concert Hall
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    Charlotte Wood discusses her critically acclaimed novel THE WEEKEND, which centres on the intricacies of female friendships and the themes of ageing, love and loss. Hosted by Ailsa Piper. Please note the venue for this event has changed from the printed program. It is now in the Hunter Room. Tickets $20
    Hunter Room
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    For six years Miriam Lancewood lived off the grid in New Zealand’s isolated Southern Alps with her partner, surviving by hunting and foraging. She shares her unique experience. Hosted by Rosemarie Milsom. Supported by Creative New Zealand. Tickets $15
    Civic Playhouse
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    The brain is the source of our identity, yet large gaps remain in our understanding of its complexity. Amee Baird and Nicola Redhouse shed light on the brain – and the human condition. Hosted by Jane McCredie. Tickets $15
    Mulubinba Room
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    Three very different artists reflect on their connection to the ocean as a source of inspiration for their recent books. With Ash Grunwald, Sophie Hardcastle and Felicity Plunkett. Hosted by Cassie McCullagh. Tickets $15
    Hunter Room
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    What is driving unprecedented government intervention and what impact is it having on freedom of information and whistle-blower protection? With Paddy Manning, Kate McClymont and Margaret Simons. Hosted by Paul Scott. Sponsored by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. Tickets $15
    Concert Hall
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    What can we learn about our relationship with the land – and each other – from the age-old wisdom of our First Nation elders? With Munya Andrews, Tjanara Goreng Goreng and John Maynard. Hosted by Larissa Berendt. Tickets $15
    Civic Playhouse
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    Tim Flannery takes you through millions of years of evolutionary history during a deep dive into Europe’s vanished past and examines how it might inform the future. Hosted by Scott Bevan. Tickets $20
    Concert Hall
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    From heavy wipe-outs to heaving crowds, soulful road trips to flow states, Ash Grunwald provides insight into the lives of surfing legends who also happen to be brilliant musicians.  Hosted by Nick Milligan. Tickets $15
    Hunter Room
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    Throughout history, anger has fuelled surges in female - led activism, but is it having an impact where it matters now – and if not, why not? With Jane Gilmore, Ruby Hamad and Virginia Trioli. Hosted by Trisha Pender. Tickets $20
    Concert Hall
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    LOVE MAGIC directed by Michael Ewans and BEHIND THE WIRE directed by Carl Caulfield. A young woman cast aside in a patriarchal society – a foreign national interrogated in a detention camp. Two short one-act plays from ancient Greece and contemporary Australia, linked together by the theme of oppression. Join us after the production for a conversation with the directors and actor Siobhan Caulfield. Hosted by Marguerite Johnson. Tickets $25
    Civic Playhouse
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    Climate change is affecting the natural, social and economic welfare of the planet. What steps can we take – large and small – to create a solution? With Tim Flannery, and Patrice Newell. Hosted by Jane McCredie. Damon Gameau was previously advertised as being part of this session, but has withdrawn due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologise for any inconvenience. Tickets $25
    Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    Helen Garner discusses YELLOW NOTEBOOK, the first volume of her diaries, inviting you into the intimate world behind her acclaimed novels and award-winning non-fiction. Hosted by Caroline Baum. Tickets $30
    Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    Four ‘page’ poets and four spoken word artists go poem for poem to explore ‘uncommon’ ground. You pick the winning team. With Hera Lindsay Bird, Omar Sakr, Michael Farrell, Anna Jackson, Mel Ree, Melinda Smith, Chris Tse and wāni. Hosted by David Stavanger and Anne-Marie Te Whiu. Tickets $25
    Civic Playhouse
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
    Enjoy unexpected tales from the festival's finest LGBTQI+ writers. With Chris Brown, Michael Earp, Fiona McGregor, Sally Rugg and Chris Tse. Hosted by Sally Rugg. Tickets $25
    Civic Playhouse
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    The evidence is in, but why are some people still convinced climate change isn’t real – and what are the broader implications of the anti-science movement? With Russell Blackford, Arek Sinanian and Heather Stevens. Hosted by Rebecca Huntley. Tickets $15
    Cummings Room
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    Virginia Trioli examines why women continue to struggle with sex and power – and what can be done. Hosted by Michael Williams. Tickets $15
    Civic Playhouse
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    Gabrielle Jackson and Lee Kofman explore what it’s like to live in a body that deviates from the norm – from the complexity of self-image to the minefield of medical intervention. Hosted by Caroline Baum. Tickets $15
    Mulubinba Room
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    Newcastle Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Orchestra and Newcastle Writers Festival will present the Australian Premiere of Robert Kapilow’s music for Dr Seuss’s GREEN EGGS AND HAM. To open the program NYO will perform Mozart’s famous EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK, which tells a wonderful story through music.
    Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    Vicki Laveau-Harvie and David Owen Kelly discuss their darkly funny and confronting memoirs that share common themes: loyalty, misguided love and loss. Hosted by Amy Sambrooke. Tickets $15
    Hunter Room
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    A day in the life of award-winning investigative journalist Kate McClymont – death threats and all. Hosted by Michael Robotham. Tickets $15
    Civic Playhouse
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    What happens when the person you love conceals their true identity? Susan Francis and Stephanie Wood discuss the devastating fallout. Hosted by Suzanne Leal. Tickets $15
    Mulubinba Room
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    Internationally renowned geneticist David Sinclair is on a quest to ‘cure’ ageing, but do we really want to live forever? Hosted by Richard Fidler. Tickets $25 Supported by The Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
    Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    Sophie Cunningham, Miriam Lancewood and Laura Waters explore their connection with nature and how it defines them. Hosted by Ailsa Piper. Tickets $15
    Hunter Room
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    David Leser explores the origins of misogyny, the impact of the #MeToo movement and proposes a new map for masculinity. Hosted by Amy Sambrooke. Tickets $15
    Cummings Room
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    With her novel Wolfe Island, Lucy Treloar joins a growing number of writers whose work explores anthropogenic catastrophe. She discusses the thin line between the present and a dystopian future. Hosted by Susan Wyndham. Tickets $15
    Hunter Room
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    Twenty-five years after her incendiary book about the Ormond College sexual harassment case was published, Helen Garner speaks about its impact and whether she still has the same questions about sex and power. Hosted by David Leser. Tickets $20
    Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    In an age of propaganda and entrenched tribalism, how can we foster diverse opinion and honest debate?   With Russell Blackford and James Fry. Hosted by Rebecca Huntley. Tickets $15
    Mulubinba Room
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    They share a passion for hard work and writing best-selling page-turners. Tony Park and Michael Robotham discuss the secrets to their success. Hosted by Jaye Ford. Tickets $15
    Civic Playhouse
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    Sophie Hardcastle, Nicola Redhouse and Maria Tumarkin discuss how they have challenged literary boundaries to explore trauma, time and memory. Hosted by Magdalena Ball. Tickets $15
    Cummings Room
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    Explore new ways to think about ageing – in science, in stories and in our lives. With Vicki Laveau-Harvie, David Sinclair and Charlotte Wood. Hosted by Ashley Hay. Supported by Griffith Review. Tickets $20
    Concert Hall
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    Against the backdrop of World War II and its far-reaching fallout, Suzanne Leal and Favel Parrett’s compelling new novels explore the impact of betrayal and the meaning of home. Hosted by Meredith Jaffé. Tickets $15
    Civic Playhouse
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    Clare will discuss her heart-breaking, wise and inspirational memoir. You’re in for a musical treat, too. Hosted by Sarah Macdonald. Tickets $30
    Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall
  • Sunday 5 April 2020
    Behrouz Boochani speaks from New Zealand about life after Manus Island, the impact of his award-winning memoir NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS, and the enduring power of literature to change the world. Hosted by Michael Williams. Tickets $30
    Concert Hall
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