Turning ideas into prize-winning history books. For many early career historians, researchers and students, the thought of turning their research into a publication can be both exciting and daunting. Join the History Council of NSW with guest speakers including prize-winning historians, a publisher, and an awards judge, as they detail the process of submitting a book proposal, negotiating with publishers, promoting your work and achieving recognition. After the guest speakers deliver their session, there will be time for questions and participants are invited to share their research ideas for feedback. Speakers – Dr Tanya Evans, Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno, Emeritus... Read More
From editing Dolly magazine at 23 to leading the Wests Tigers board, Marina will offer insight into effective leadership and her climb to the top. Host / Natasha Beyersdorf In partnership with Gen Collective Tickets $55 – Includes two-course meal
Newcastle cancer survivor Denise Sweeney discusses her memoir. Host / Jenny Marchant Free session PLEASE NOTE: The time listed for this session in the printed program is incorrect. The correct time is 1.30pm to 2.30pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Early Europeans’ experience of Indigenous life. With Victoria Haskins and John Maynard. Host / Ray Kelly Snr Free session PLEASE NOTE: The time listed for this session in the printed program is incorrect. The correct time is 3.00pm to 4.00pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Curly Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig Australia’s most treasured cartoonist has been commentating on our political, cultural and emotional life for more than 40 years. He will discuss the state of the world and his creative life. Host / Caroline Baum MC / Dan Cox Tickets $33
With Tim Elliott and Mark Colvin. Host / Geordie Williamson PLEASE NOTE: Due to illness, Mark Colvin has had to withdraw from this year’s festival. This session is cancelled. Refunds are available from Ticketek.
Meet some of Australia’s leading writers and illustrators for children at this FREE interactive event. The Wheeler Place hub will inspire creativity with a range of fun activities for children. All featured guests will sign books after their events in the Festival bookshop on the ground floor of nearby City Hall. MC Katrina McKelvey 10.00am – Art fun with local illustrators Liz Anelli, Gwynneth Jones and Kirrili Lonergan 10.35am – Sea stories with John ‘Stinker’ Clarke 11.00am – Meet Jackie French 11.45am – Artie and the Grime Wave with Richard Roxburgh 12.15pm – Word Hunters with Nick Earls 12.45pm – Newcastle Youth Orchestra Kids introduces Professor... Read More
Celebrate the launch of Newcastle poet Jenny Blackford’s new book The Loyalty of Chickens, from Pitt Street Poetry. No, it’s not ALL about chickens, though her previous poetry collection The Duties of a Cat was all about cats (and the human condition.) The Loyalty of Chickens will be launched by Melinda Smith, who won the poetry section of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in 2014 for her collection Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call. Free event
Newcastle poet Jan Dean will launch her fellow-Novocastrian poet, novelist, reviewer and blogger Magdalena Ball’s new poetry book, Unmaking Atoms, from Gininderra Press. Please celebrate with us! Free event
Celebrate the launch of much-awarded Newcastle poet Judy Johnson’s new book from University of Western Australia Publishing! Judy will discuss and read from Dark Convicts, a poetic exploration of her African-American ex-slave First Fleet ancestors. Host / Jenny Blackford Free event Wine and nibbles provided
Please join us for the award ceremony for the 2016 NWF/joanne burns Microlit Award and the launch of the Landmarks anthology. Discussion with Evelyn Araluen, Tricia Dearborn and Patrick West. The Landmarks anthology will be launched by joanne burns. Host / Cassandra Atherton Free event
Nick Earls’ novella series is brought to life in this cabaret-style event at the Unorthodox Church of Groove, 3 Tudor Street, Newcastle West, 8pm to 9.30pm on Saturday 8 April. Joining Nick are Chris Flynn, Peggy Frew, Charles Firth and Miles Merrill who will interpret the stories. Local band Rose River will play songs selected by Nick. Host / Nick Milligan Tickets $30
Historians on their craft. With Tom Griffiths and Grace Karskens. Host / Nancy Cushing Supported by the School of Humanities and Social Science, Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle. Free session
Jackie French and the Newcastle Youth Orchestra Present – Josephine Wants to Dance In partnership with the Newcastle Writers Festival, the NYO returns with a very special Kids Classics concert. Composer William Jeffery has brought Jackie French’s wonderful book to life with music. Jackie will narrate the story of Josephine, the young kangaroo, who wants to dance. Tickets Adult – $25 Concession/Child – $15 Family – $60
What is the value of creative practice for newly arrived migrants and the community? With Betty Brown, Niz Jabour, Ravi Nagaveeran and John Sandy. Host / Mehwish Iqbal In conjunction with The Lock-Up’s exhibition, Know Your Neighbour. Free Session
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” Robert Frost Celebrate the Festival’s fifth anniversary with this special event featuring readings by Michael Aiken, Magdalena Ball, joanne burns, Eileen Chong, John Foulcher, Andrew Galan, Judy Johnson, Sara Mansour, Ravi Nagaveeran, Philip Salom, Berndt Sellheim, Melinda Smith and Maggie Walsh. Host / Mark Mordue Sponsored by Port of Newcastle Free event