Festival update.

Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney, we have decided to postpone our September event until 2022. We do not want to risk the health and safety of our artists, volunteers, audience, and staff.

We are looking forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary in April and we hope to see you then. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months. In the meantime, if you would like to support the ongoing work of the Festival as it navigates this challenging time, please consider a tax-deductible donation. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, is greatly appreciated.

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Tuesday 14 September

Celebrate Australian Reading Hour with our online program, which provides a wonderful opportunity for students to engage with their favourite authors and illustrators. They will be inspired in a fun and educational way. In these sessions, writers perform from their work and talk about their craft.

All sessions are offered free of charge

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SPECIAL ONLINE EVENT with acclaimed US author Jonathan Franzen

We are excited to announce that on October 5 we will be hosting Jonathan Franzen’s first Australian event celebrating the release of this highly anticipated new novel Crossroads. The online event will be held from 7.30pm and will be hosted by ABC Radio’s Sarah Kanowski. Franzen will discuss family, America, and where the modern novel must go from here. If you can’t tune in on October 5, you will be able to watch the interview on demand until 7.30pm October 12.

Franzen’s new novel Crossroads is the first in an ambitious new trilogy, A Key to All Mythologies. It’s a family saga spanning three generations and tracing the inner life of our culture through to the present day. Crossroads, which is published by HarperCollins Australia serves as a foundation for a sweeping investigation of human mythologies, as the Hildebrandt family navigates the political, intellectual, and social crosscurrents of the past 50 years.

Tickets for this event are $15/$10 concession plus a one-off transaction fee of $4 per order and will allow you to view the conversation until Tuesday 12 October 7.30pm AEDT.


To support our long-time bookseller and a local Newcastle business, you can buy your copy of Crossroads from MacLean’s Booksellers for $32.99. Australia wide postage $9.95 or free for orders over $60. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE. All orders will be posted or available for collection on the book’s release October 5.

This special event is presented in partnership with

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2022 NWF joanne burns Microlit Award

Submissions of up to 200 words on the theme of ‘travel’ are sought for the 2022 NWF joanne burns Microlit Award. Now in its 11th year, the award is co-hosted by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival. Cash prizes of $300 will be awarded to winners of the National and Hunter categories.

Entries close August 31.

For more info and to enter visit

Newcastle Writers Festival acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi peoples as custodians
of the land on which we live and work. We recognise the continuing connection to land,
water and community. We pay our respects to elders – past, present and emerging.

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