Newcastle Writers Festival is making every effort to ensure our events are accessible to all members of the community. If you can’t find the information you need on this page, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to find what you need.
General bookings for paid sessions can be made via Ticketek – online, by phone on (02) 4929 1977, or in person at the Hunter Street box office.
Companion Card holders qualify for a complimentary ticket for their companion. Companion cards need to be booked via the phone or in person with Ticketek, and the card needs to be sighted when the tickets are collected.
Accessible Parking spaces can be found at the following locations:
- Cnr King Street and Burwood Street (near Newcastle City Council).
- End of Burwood St towards the Court.
- Auckland Street (between Hunter Street and King Street).
- Spaces are also provided in the carpark behind the Newcastle Regional Library accessed via Queen Street.
A guide to Newcastle City Accessible Parking, including a map of parking spaces, can be found here.
Please note that the Olive Tree Markets and Spiegeltent are also on in the Civic Precinct on the Festival weekend, so the area will be busy.
Accessible entry to Newcastle City Hall is from the side entrances at Christie Place (off King Street, Newcastle) or via Wheeler Place.
The elevator to Level 1 and 2 is located at the Wheeler Place (western) end of the building. The elevator size is as follows: door width 0.8m x depth 1.1m and internal width 1.2m.
There is a unisex accessible toilet facility (right hand transfer) located on Level 1 of Newcastle City Hall. From the elevator turn left and then sharp left again, walk along the corridor approximately 15m and the door is on the right.
Accessibility information for City Hall can be found here.
The Playhouse entrance is off Hunter St next door to the Civic Theatre. The foyer is on the first floor, accessible via an elevator located to the east of the main stairwell. Accessible seating is available and accessible toilets are located on the first-floor foyer level.
CIVIC THEATRE FOYER, CIVIC DIGEST & WHEELER PLACE
The Civic Theatre and Civic Digest Café (in the foyer of the theatre) are accessible to the ground floor. Accessible toilets are also located on the ground floor.
Wheeler Place is fully accessible and the Civic Theatre accessible toilets are close by. Note that the Civic Theatre Foyer will close on Sunday at around 3pm, when the Civic Digest café closes.
HAROLD LOBB CONCERT HALL, CONSERVATORIUM
The Conservatorium foyer is accessible. The Harold Lobb Concert Hall can be accessed via a ramp to the left of the main entrance. There are a limited number of wheelchair spaces though so please contact email@example.com when booking tickets should you require one of these. More seats are accessible with a single step for those with limited mobility. There is also an accessible toilet in the Conservatorium.
NewSpace is accessible with lift access to all floors and accessible toilets located on all levels. The NewSpace café will be open throughout the festival and there will be a chill out zone available.
THE PRESS BOOK HOUSE
Unfortunately, the Press Book House is not easily accessible. It is ground level, however it has a standard width door and two single steps on entry.
ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR VISION IMPAIRED
Dog Guides and other Assistance Dogs are, of course, welcome at all Festival events and venues.
Volunteers will be on hand and can lend assistance if needed. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to arrange any assistance or have any queries.
HEARING LOOP SESSIONS
All sessions held in the Concert Hall in City Hall on Saturday and Sunday will have an induction hearing loop system available. Please note this is in City Hall, not the Harold Lobb Concert Hall in the Conservatorium.
AUSLAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION
If you would like to bring your own interpreter you are welcome to set up wherever necessary, and can contact us in advance to make arrangements.
For the first time we have Auslan interpretation for two sessions. These are:
SATURDAY 1.30-2.30 PM in Concert Hall, City Hall. The Hunter Region and the Great War, with Greg Ray, including historical images. Free session.
SATURDAY 3.00-4.00 PM in Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Conservatorium. Dark Emu with Bruce Pascoe, hosted by Jill Emberson. Ticketed session.
In both sessions reserved seating closest to the interpreter will be provided for audience members using the Auslan service.
AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDINGS
After the Festival, some events will be made available as audio podcasts or video available on our website, iTunes channel or YouTube.
MORE INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE
If you would like assistance to attend the festival, please register your interest with us by emailing:
If you would like to include your phone number, we can call you or respond via text to discuss your needs, at a time that is convenient to you. We will have volunteers able to provide assistance, but places are limited. If you have any other queries please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing the the above address.