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Newcastle Writers Festival

The seventh Newcastle Writers Festival will be held from April 5-7 in the Newcastle Town Hall and civic precinct and will feature over 120 writers and 70 events. For more information please visit newcastlewritersfestival.org.au

Current Events

Past Events

  • Thursday 4 April 2019
    Do you know your Capote from your Corris? Can you name every Austen novel? To celebrate the start of the 2019 Newcastle Writers Festival, we’re holding our debut literary trivia night. Funds raised will go towards planning the 2020 festival. Prizes include meal vouchers, bundles of brilliant new books, and festival passes. Small teams welcome. Tickets $15 online $20 at the door
    FogHorn Brewhouse
  • Friday 5 April 2019
    Explore the key elements of crime fiction - how to unlock story ideas, create strong characters, tension, plot and atmospheric settings. For writers keen to start or develop their crime-writing skills in long or short form. Tickets $100/$90 Hunter Writers Centre members
    Newcastle Museum
  • Friday 5 April 2019
    Developing your non-fiction persona. Whether it’s a reflective column for a magazine, a blog post, a travel memoir, or a chapter in a collection, learn how to develop and sharpen your narrative persona. An essay to read and discuss will be sent in the week prior to the workshop. Tickets $160/$144 Hunter Writers Centre members
    Room X201, NewSpace
  • Friday 5 April 2019
    The masterclass will begin with an analysis of what makes an effective short play with a few examples from the genre. Carl will then take participants through the process of writing a short play, from getting ideas to drafting scenes, writing dialogue, developing character and creating dramatic structure. Finally, participants will write, using warm-up exercises and prompts. Tickets $100/$90 Hunter Writers Centre members
    Room X208, NewSpace
  • Friday 5 April 2019
    The prospect of writing trauma can be both daunting and compelling. Meera Atkinson invites those writing or looking to write trauma in any genre to explore this terrain. This interactive workshop features close readings of selected texts, writing exercises, and group draft workshopping with the aim of producing a piece of literary writing that illuminates individual, collective, or transgenerational trauma in some way. Tickets $180/$162 Hunter Writers Centre members
    Room X204, NewSpace
  • Friday 5 April 2019
    In this workshop, you'll have the opportunity to discover what matters to you as a writer and how to write it. Whether you're working on fiction or non-fiction, you'll discover what makes your voice unique, you'll try new ways of thinking about character (even in memoir) and techniques to bring your prose alive.  Tickets $100/$90 Hunter Writers Centre members
    Room X207, NewSpace
  • Friday 5 April 2019
    This workshop consists of three components.   Participants get in advance a strategy sheet on editing their work. At least two weeks before the class, they will submit four poems (max 30 lines each). The poems with commentary will be distributed to the participants before the workshop.   On the day of the workshop the group will work intensively through each participant’s poems building on prior suggestions and experiencing a dynamic interplay of ideas.  Tickets $220/$198 HWC Members
    Room X210, NewSpace
  • Friday 5 April 2019
    This masterclass will focus on the ongoing histories of monuments, testing the implications of preservation and removal, and how memorials can be revived, reinterpreted or replaced. With Nancy Cushing, Stephen Gapps and Tamson Pietsch. Hosted by Richard Neville. Presented by the History Council of NSW with support from the University of Newcastle School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Free event.
    Room X321, NewSpace
  • Friday 5 April 2019
    Presented by Richard Short from the Sydney Story Factory. Participants will be guided through the planning of a community writing project, including the development and implementation of a wide variety of teaching activities and strategies that engage students across the full range of abilities and backgrounds. Tickets $90
    Hudson Street Hum
  • Friday 5 April 2019
    Does making change mean making trouble? Ben Quilty, Gillian Triggs and Joe Williams shed light on the people and experiences that have inspired them to speak out and find the courage to lead. Hosted by Jane Hutcheon Master of ceremonies: Dan Cox Tickets $35
    Harold Lobb Concert Hall, University of Newcastle
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Join historian Nancy Cushing and local studies librarian Sue Ryan for a behind-the-scenes tour of the library’s archives, which include the records of real estate firms and personal papers of prominent Novocastrians. Meet at the ground floor information desk. Tickets $10 and guarantee a seat for panel discussion at 11.30am.
    Newcastle Regional Library
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    In the escalating war between truth and politics, how do we maintain human rights? Gillian Triggs in Conversation with Jill Emberson. Tickets $15
    Concert Hall
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Michael Robotham is renowned for creating complex page-turners. He discusses the complex characters and plot twists that bring his books to life. Hosted by Ailsa Piper. Tickets $25
    Civic Playhouse
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Exploring the enduring impact of the Holocaust through writing. With Heather Morris. Hosted by Magdalena Ball. Bram Presser has withdrawn from this event. Tickets $25
    Hunter Room
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Rosalie Ham’s THE DRESSMAKER has become an Aussie classic. She reflects on her passion for small towns and their larger-than-life characters. Hosted by Meredith Jaffé. Tickets $25
    Mulubinba Room
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    "Aussie noir" is enjoying a moment in the sun, but what is driving the popularity of this publishing phenomenon? With Mark Brandi, Chris Hammer and Sandi Wallace. Hosted by Jaye Ford. Tickets $25
    Concert Hall
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Most of us will experience at least one traumatic event. Yet, why and how do certain people cope more effectively to personal tragedy? With Meera Atkinson, Rick Morton and Heather Morris. Hosted by Annabel Smith. Tickets $25
    Civic Playhouse
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Exploring the creative space between fact and fiction with Chloe Hooper, Bram Presser and Jock Serong. Hosted by Geordie Williamson. Tickets $25
    Mulubinba Room
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Emily O’Grady, Trent Dalton and Christian White explore the far-reaching impact of crimes on their memorable fictional families. Hosted by Geordie Williamson. Tickets $25
    Civic Playhouse
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Ellen Briggs, Tanya Hennessy and Hung Le discuss how they use laughter to face—and understand—the bitter moments of life.  Hosted by Amy Sambrooke. Tickets $15
    Concert Hall
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Is objective truth essential when writing about your life, and can memory and imagination ever be separated? With Jessie Cole, Caro Llewellyn and Rick Morton. Hosted by Ailsa Piper. Tickets $25
    Hunter Room
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Kerry O’Brien reflects on the social and political upheavals he has witnessed, of lessons learned and ignored, and the personalities who have made history all the while sharing some of his own story. Hosted by Paul Bevan. Tickets $25
    Concert Hall
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    What does it mean to be a teacher? Gabbie Stroud discusses how she tried to keep the heart in her job. Hosted by Jane Caro. Tickets $15
    Hunter Room
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Mark Scott argues that new media is enabling despots and disempowering democracy. Why does more information often mean less insight? Hosted by Justin O’Brien. Tickets $15
    Mulubinba Room
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Claire G Coleman, Jock Serong and Clare Wright explore the challenges of writing history based on previously unheard voices.  Hosted by Julie McIntyre. Tickets $15
    Civic Playhouse
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Clementine Ford dismantles the age-old idea that entitlement, aggression and toxicity are natural realms for boys, and reveals how the patriarchy we live in is as harmful to boys and men as it is to women and girls. Hosted by Amy Sambrooke. Tickets $25
    Concert Hall
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    In the sequence of sonnets that compose her homage to Newcastle, Keri Glastonbury celebrates the city’s oddities and contradictions. For this special festival performance, she will be accompanied by musician Jacqueline Amidy. Tickets $15
    Civic Playhouse
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Enjoy two hours of rapid-fire stand-up comedy by Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan, who call themselves “the bogan woman’s thinking woman and the thinking woman’s bogan”. Irreverent, outrageous and down-to-earth, these women don’t just deliver in the birth suite, they do it on stage. Includes an interval. Tickets $35
    Harold Lobb Concert Hall, University of Newcastle
  • Saturday 6 April 2019
    Enter the raucous, radical, wildly funny world of Queerstories and enjoy unexpected tales from a diverse line up of LGBTQI+ festival guests. With Claire G Coleman, Kait Fenwick, Bastion Fox Phelan, Paul van Reyk and Anthony Venn-Brown. Hosted by Maeve Marsden. Includes an interval. Tickets $25
    Civic Playhouse
  • Sunday 7 April 2019
    Rosalie Ham, Holly Throsby and Christian White discuss the big drama of small towns that inspires their work. Hosted by Meredith Jaffé. Tickets $25
    Hunter Room
  • Sunday 7 April 2019
    Rick Morton talks to Ed Wright about his memoir, which is a meditation on anger, fear of others and an obsession with real and imagined borders.  Tickets $15
    Mulubinba Room
  • Sunday 7 April 2019
    The Newcastle Wind Orchestra and Newcastle Writers Festival present Animal Tales. 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' will be presented alongside Henry Lawson’s classic 'The Loaded Dog'. Tickets $25 Adult/$15 Concession/$60 Family (4 tickets)
    Concert Hall
  • Sunday 7 April 2019
    Mark Brandi, Trent Dalton and Emily O’Grady discuss how the past shapes the present in their coming-of-age novels. Hosted by Magdalena Ball. Tickets $25
    Cummings Room
  • Sunday 7 April 2019
    Clare Wright discusses the Australians who won the vote and inspired the world. Hosted by Nancy Cushing. Tickets $15
    Civic Playhouse
  • Sunday 7 April 2019
    She helped him get back on a surfboard after an horrific accident and he helped her find her voice. Barney and Kada Miller in conversation with Jenny Marchant. Kada will also perform. Tickets $15 This event has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience. Ticketholders will be refunded as soon as possible.
    Cummings Room
  • Sunday 7 April 2019
    Hung Le escaped the Vietnam war in a leaky prawn trawler as a child and became the “world’s first, best and tallest Vietnamese comic”. Hosted by Mandy Nolan. Tickets $15
    Civic Playhouse
  • Sunday 7 April 2019
    The banking royal commission put the financial sector on trial and exposed its self-interest, corruption and excess. What next for Australians and our banks? Michael Roddan in conversation with Justin O’Brien. Tickets $15
    Concert Hall
  • Sunday 7 April 2019
    With Clementine Ford, Kate Lilley and Alison Whittaker. Hosted by Trisha Pender. Tickets $15
    Hunter Room
  • Sunday 7 April 2019
    Women over 55 belong to the generation that changed everything but didn’t plan to. Jane Caro explores the achievement of these revolutionaries. Hosted by Meredith Jaffé. Tickets $15
    Hunter Room
  • Sunday 7 April 2019
    An effective interview challenges and illuminates, but what are the secrets to its success? With Trent Dalton, Chloe Hooper and Kerry O’Brien. Hosted by Rosemarie Milsom. Tickets $25
    Concert Hall
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