New residency opportunity for an emerging regional writer

Emerging writers from regional Australia are invited to apply for an exciting new two-week residency being offered at The Lock-Up, Newcastle, in the lead-up to next year’s Newcastle Writers Festival. The successful applicant will be given two weeks’ accommodation in a self-contained apartment at The Lock-Up, a contemporary inner-city arts space in the historic East End, as well as a $700 weekly stipend from the Newcastle Writers Festival. The resident will also have the opportunity to participate in the festival, which last year attracted more than 5500 people to the city. The residency is supported by The Lock-Up and the University of Newcastle.

Festival Director Rosemarie Milsom said the residency would give an emerging writer the chance to carve out some time to focus on a work-in-progress. “We are really excited to be offering this opportunity,” Milsom said. “Opportunities for regional writers are hard to come by and writing can be an isolating experience. The festival’s aim is to create a sense of community while promoting literature and the exchange of ideas. The residency is an extension of this and is open to regional writers Australia-wide. Not only does it offer the successful applicant some breathing space to write, it also gives them a great chance to engage with the community at the Newcastle Writers Festival.”

Writers who have not had a book commercially published and who are working towards a full-length work in any genre (including poetry and drama) are invited to apply. Applications will be assessed by Newcastle Writers Festival Director Rosemarie Milsom, Keri Glastonbury (University of Newcastle) and Sam Twyford-Moore (Director, Emerging Writers Festival).

The residency period is from 22 April to 4 May, 2016. Applicants must reside in a regional area as defined by state and federal departments as areas outside metropolitan centres. It excludes cities with populations of more than 100,000. Submissions open on Wednesday, 1 July and close on 1 October 2015. The successful applicant will be notified by 30 November.

Click here to download the conditions of entry and an application form.

Click here for more information about the Lock-Up Artist in Residence Program.


NWF special event - Les Murray - 25 July 2015

The Newcastle Writers Festival is delighted to announce a special event in partnership with Newcastle Region Library.

Les Murray will read from his new volume of poems, Waiting for the Past, in the Lovett Gallery at Newcastle Region Library on Saturday, 25 July, from 12pm. Tickets are $20 and are available by clicking here:

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Cash sales only.

Maclean's Booksellers will be at the event and Les will happily sign copies of his book. 

Les Murray lives in Bunyah, near Taree in New South Wales. He has published some 30 books. His work is studied in schools and universities throughout Australia and has been translated into several languages. Murray's new volume of poems, Waiting for the Past, is his first in five years and is published by Black Inc.


The Newcastle Writers Festival is now over for 2015, and exceeded all expectations. Thank you to our guest writers, volunteers, hosts, sponsors and, most importantly, our enthusiastic audiences. Special thanks to MacLean's Booksellers, Scion Audio, graphic designer Miranda Whittle, photographer Chris Patterson, and the hard-working staff at Newcastle City Hall. 

See you at the 2016 event, 1-3 April!

Some highlights from NWF15 - and read more in our latest newsletter


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