2017 Program

Friday
7th April 2017
Saturday
8th April 2017
Sunday
9th April 2017

Yarn Spinners

A Celebration of Dymphna Cusack, Florence James and Miles Franklin. Marilla North in conversation with Ann Hardy. Free session
Marilla North
Ann Hardy

Home is the Hunter

Readings and discussion inspired by Catchfire Press’ new anthology. Host / Don Cohen Free session
Don Cohen

MASTERCLASS – From Research to Publication

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...
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Phillipa McGuinness
Tanya Evans
David Carment
Frank Bongiorno

A Guide to Military Research

With Newcastle historian Ian Pfennigwerth. Free session
Ian Pfennigwerth

From the Page to the Stage

With playwrights Carl Caulfield and Pamela Whalan. Host / Felicity Biggins Free session
Pamela Whalan
Carl Caulfield
Felicity Biggins

Break Through: Lunch with Marina Go

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
Marina Go
Natasha Beyersdorf

Steps to Survival

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.
Denise Sweeney
Jenny Marchant

Raw and Relevant Rhymes

Readings by members of Hunter Bush Poets. Free session

From the Page to the Screen

With Vanessa Alexander, Mark Barnard and Michelle Offen. Host/ George Merryman Supported by The Australian Writers’Guild NSW Committee Free session
Michelle Offen
Mark Barnard
Vanessa Alexander

Living with the Locals

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.
Ray Kelly Snr
Victoria Haskins
John Maynard

Newcastle Short Story Award Ceremony

Host / Hunter Writers Centre Maria Takolander, one of the judges, will be attending. Refreshments available Free event
Maria Takolander

OPENING NIGHT EVENT

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
Michael Leunig
Dan Cox
Caroline Baum

Behind Closed Doors

Exploring domestic drama. With Sarah Armstrong, Meredith Jaffé, and Suzanne Leal. Host / Anneli Knight Free session
Suzanne Leal
Meredith Jaffé
Sarah Armstrong
Anneli Knight

Every Sentence Counts

The art of the short story. With Ryan O’Neill, Isabelle Li and Maria Takolander. Host / Michael Sala Free session
Maria Takolander
Michael Sala
Ryan O’Neill
Isabelle Li
Peter Goldsworthy

Coming of Age

The power of a young narrator. With Peggy Frew, Alice Pung and Holly Throsby. Host / Magdalena Ball Free session
Holly Throsby
Alice Pung
Peggy Frew
Magdalena Ball

Fathers and Sons

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.  

A Life Less Ordinary

Richard Roxburgh in conversation with Rosemarie Milsom. Tickets $22
Richard Roxburgh
Rosemarie Milsom

Free Family Day

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...
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Nadia Sunde
Richard Roxburgh
Kirrili Lonergan
Gwynneth Jones
Jackie French
Nick Earls
John ‘Stinker’ Clarke
Liz Anelli

Essential Reads for Entrepreneurs

With Heidi Alexandra Pollard, Denise Duffield-Thomas and Louise Karch. Host / Christina Gerakiteys Free session
Heidi Alexandra Pollard
Louise Karch
Denise Duffield-Thomas
Christina Gerakiteys

On Location

Newcastle as a setting. With Wendy James, Andy Muir and Michael Sala. Host / Keri Glastonbury Free session
Michael Sala
Andy Muir
Wendy James
Keri Glastonbury

Inside Publishing

With Meredith Curnow, Benython Oldfield and Geordie Williamson. Host / Jane McCredie Sponsored by the NSW Writers’ Centre. Free session
Geordie Williamson
Benython Oldfield
Jane McCredie
Meredith Curnow

Wasted: A Story of alcohol and grief

Elspeth Muir in conversation with Rosemarie Milsom. Free session
Elspeth Muir
Rosemarie Milsom

Queen Victoria: An intimate portrait

Julia Baird in conversation with Catherine Keenan. Tickets $22
Catherine Keenan
Julia Baird

BOOK LAUNCH – The Loyalty of Chickens

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
Melinda Smith
Jenny Blackford

An Unpolished Gem

Alice Pung in conversation with Anneli Knight. Tickets $22
Alice Pung
Anneli Knight

Love and Other Catastrophes: Exploring relationships

With Belinda Alexandra, Kathryn Heyman and Fiona Higgins. Host / Meredith Jaffé Tickets $22
Meredith Jaffé
Fiona Higgins
Kathryn Heyman
Belinda Alexandra

In Harm’s Way

Exploring the impact of violence. With Sarah Armstrong, Emily Maguire and Michael Sala. Host / Suzanne Leal Free session
Michael Sala
Emily Maguire
Suzanne Leal
Sarah Armstrong

Reporting from the Edge

With Gary Ramage and Matthew Thompson. Host / Paul Scott Free session
Matthew Thompson
Paul Scott
Gary Ramage

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful

Sarah Wilson reframes anxiety. Host / Ailsa Piper Tickets $22
Sarah Wilson
Ailsa Piper

DISCUSSION – The World Around Us: Ecopoetics

DISCUSSION The World Around Us: Ecopoetics with Michael Aiken, Magdalena Ball and Ivy Ireland. Free event
Ivy Ireland
Magdalena Ball
Michael Aiken

BOOK LAUNCH – Unmaking Atoms

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
Magdalena Ball
Jan Dean

Live and Let Die

Steven Amsterdam in conversation with Caroline Baum. Free session
Caroline Baum
Steven Amsterdam

Violence: A Conversation

With Joanna Bourke and Philip Dwyer. Supported by the Centre for the History of Violence, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle. Free session
Philip Dwyer
Joanna Bourke

Memoirs of a Spy’s Son

Mark Colvin in conversation with Paul Bevan. 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.

Writing the Pain

With Tim Elliott and Elspeth Muir. Host / Rosemarie Milsom Tickets $22
Elspeth Muir
Rosemarie Milsom
Tim Elliott

Wombats, Words and Wonder

Jackie French in conversation with Catherine Keenan. Tickets $22
Catherine Keenan
Jackie French

Loopholes: Reading and writing microfiction

With Richard Holt, Susan McCreery and Jon Steiner. Host / Bronwyn Mehan. Carmel Bird will also launch Loopholes: microfiction by Susan McCreery. Free session
Jon Steiner
Bronwyn Mehan
Susan McCreery
Richard Holt
Carmel Bird

BOOK LAUNCH – Dark Convicts

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
Judy Johnson
Jenny Blackford

BOOK LAUNCH – The Restorer

Kathryn Heyman will launch Newcastle writer Michael Sala’s new novel, The Restorer. Supported by Text Publishing Free event
Michael Sala
Kathryn Heyman

Art and Life in China

With Wai Chim, Isabelle Li and Madeleine O’Dea. Host / Linda Jaivin Free session
Madeleine O’Dea
Isabelle Li
Linda Jaivin
Wai Chim

Rebellious Daughters

Intimate stories of rebellion and defiance. With Caroline Baum, Leah Kaminsky and Susan Wyndham. Host / Lee Kofman Free session
Susan Wyndham
Lee Kofman
Leah Kaminsky
Caroline Baum

When the Personal Becomes Political

With Randa Abdel-Fattah, Jane Caro and Clementine Ford. Host / Ruby Hamad Tickets $22
Ruby Hamad
Clementine Ford
Jane Caro
Randa Abdel-Fattah

Short and Sweet: Reviving the novella

Nick Earls in conversation with Chris Flynn. Free session
Chris Flynn
Nick Earls

Where to Australia?

George Megalogenis in conversation with Scott Holmes. Free session
George Megalogenis
Scott Holmes

Slam! Poetry and performance

With Andrew Galan, Sara Mansour and Miles Merrill. Host / David Graham Free session
Miles Merrill
Sara Mansour
David Graham
Andrew Galan

BOOK LAUNCH

Join the double celebration as award-winning poets John Foulcher and Melinda Smith launch each other’s new books, A Casual Penance and Goodbye, Cruel. Refreshments available. Free session
Melinda Smith
John Foulcher

2016 Microlit Award Ceremony

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
Patrick West
Tricia Dearborn
joanne burns
Evelyn Araluen
Cassandra Atherton

Musical Notes

Exploring the relationship between music and writing. With Peggy Frew and Holly Throsby. Host / Anneli Knight Free session
Holly Throsby
Peggy Frew
Anneli Knight

Trumped: Is this the end of satire?

With Charles Firth, Ryan O’Neill and Jonathan Biggins. Host / Linda Jaivin Tickets $22
Ryan O’Neill
Linda Jaivin
Charles Firth
Jonathan Biggins

Women’s Fiction Salon

Enjoy a glass of bubbly and a lively discussion. With Belinda Alexandra, Fiona Higgins and Wendy James. Host / Meredith Jaffé Bar will be open Tickets $22
Wendy James
Meredith Jaffé
Fiona Higgins
Belinda Alexandra

Knowledge is Power

Nobel Prize-winner Professor Peter Doherty in conversation with John Germov. Tickets $22
Peter Doherty
John Germov

Speaking Out

Tara Moss in conversation with Tracey Spicer. Sponsored by intouch magazine Tickets $22
Tracey Spicer
Tara Moss

Wisdom Tree Live

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
Deanna Rose
Nick Milligan
Miles Merrill
Chris Flynn
Charles Firth
Nick Earls

Poets Breakfast

Enjoy live performances over a coffee. Host / Ron Brown Free event
Ron Brown

Time Travellers

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
Grace Karskens
Tom Griffiths
Nancy Cushing

Is Poetry the Most Vital Literary Art Form in Australia?

With Judy Johnson, Melinda Smith and Philip Salom. Host / John Knight Free session
Melinda Smith
Philip Salom
John Knight
Judy Johnson

Fight Like a Girl

Clementine Ford in conversation with Ruby Hamad. Tickets $22
Ruby Hamad
Clementine Ford

A Portrait of Brett Whiteley

Ashleigh Wilson in conversation with Sarah Johnson. Free session
Ashleigh Wilson
Sarah Johnson

The Unauthorised History of Australia

David Hunt in conversation with Matthew Bevan. Tickets $22
David Hunt
Matthew Bevan

All About Me

The challenges of memoir. With Caroline Baum and Jane Caro. Host / Meredith Jaffé Tickets $22
Meredith Jaffé
Jane Caro
Caroline Baum

Close to home

How living in the Hunter region shapes the work of Matthew Thompson and Ed Wright. Host / Mark Mordue Free session
Ed Wright
Matthew Thompson
Mark Mordue

The Outsiders

The experience of the fringe-dweller. With Kim Mahood and Philip Salom. Host / Ed Wright Free session
Ed Wright
Philip Salom
Kim Mahood

The Getting of Wisdom

With Carmel Bird, Peter Doherty and Tony Doherty. Host / Lee Kofman Tickets $22
Lee Kofman
Tony Doherty
Peter Doherty
Carmel Bird

Two Worlds

The relationship between heritage and identity. With Deng Adut, Roanna Gonsalves and Alice Pung. Host / Ruby Hamad Tickets $22
Alice Pung
Ruby Hamad
Roanna Gonsalves
Deng Adut

Making Sense of Death

With Steven Amsterdam, Nikki Gemmell and Leah Kaminsky. Host / Susan Wyndham Tickets $22
Susan Wyndham
Leah Kaminsky
Nikki Gemmell
Steven Amsterdam

War Stories

Gary Ramage and Fred Smith share their experiences of Afghanistan through photography and song. Host / Dan Cox Tickets $22
Fred Smith
Gary Ramage
Dan Cox

Drawn from Life

Poetry inspired by the everyday. With Eileen Chong, John Foulcher and Maggie Walsh. Host /Jenny Blackford Free session
Maggie Walsh
John Foulcher
Eileen Chong
Jenny Blackford

Canberra Confidential

Behind the scenes at Parliament House. With Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann. Host / Paul Bevan Free session
Chris Uhlmann
Steve Lewis
Paul Bevan

Josephine Wants to Dance

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
William Jeffery
Jackie French

Home as a Setting and a Yearning

Kim Mahood and Maggie Walsh in conversation with Magdalena Ball. Free session
Maggie Walsh
Kim Mahood
Magdalena Ball

The Secret Life of Bees

With Tim Heard and Danielle Lloyd-Prichard. Host / Carol Duncan Free session
Danielle Lloyd-Prichard
Tim Heard
Carol Duncan

Getting Even

The politics of resentment. With Jonathan Biggins, Charles Firth, George Megalogenis and Chris Uhlmann. Host / Paul Scott Tickets $22
Chris Uhlmann
Paul Scott
George Megalogenis
Charles Firth

#LoveOzYA

Young Adult fiction grows up. With Randa Abdel-Fattah, Kirsty Eager and Jaclyn Moriarty. Host / Emily Booth Free session
Jaclyn Moriarty
Kirsty Eager
Emily Booth
Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Importance of Women’s Voices

With Emily Maguire, Sara Mansour, Tara Moss and Tracey Spicer. Host / Jane Caro Free Session
Tracey Spicer
Tara Moss
Sara Mansour
Emily Maguire
Jane Caro

Musings on Margaret

Join us for the launch of The Olley Poems, an anthology of poems inspired by Margaret Olley and written by members of the Hunter Writers Centre Poetry Group. Host / David Graham Free session
David Graham

Arrival

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
John Sandy
Ravi Nagaveeran
Niz Jabour
Mehwish Iqbal
Betty Brown

Port of Newcastle – Poetry in the Place

“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
Maggie Walsh
Melinda Smith
Berndt Sellheim
Philip Salom
Ravi Nagaveeran
Mark Mordue
Sara Mansour
Judy Johnson
Andrew Galan
John Foulcher
Eileen Chong
joanne burns
Magdalena Ball
Michael Aiken

The Art of Biography

With Joyce Morgan and Ashleigh Wilson. Host / Gavin Fry Free session
Ashleigh Wilson
Joyce Morgan
Gavin Fry

The Priest and the Writer

Ailsa Piper and Tony Doherty discuss their unlikely friendship. Host / Caroline Baum Free session
Ailsa Piper
Tony Doherty
Caroline Baum

Rock This City

Live music in Newcastle from the 1970s to 80s. Gaye Sheather in conversation with Phillip McIntyre. Free session
Gaye Sheather
Phillip McIntyre

Crossing Boundaries

Jaclyn Moriarty in conversation with Emily Booth. Free session
Jaclyn Moriarty
Emily Booth

Love and Loss

Nikki Gemmell in conversation with Susan Wyndham. Tickets $22
Susan Wyndham
Nikki Gemmell

Songs of a War Boy

Deng Adut in conversation with Felicity Biggins. Tickets $22
Felicity Biggins
Deng Adut