Rosemarie Milsom

Rosemarie Milsom is a former journalist and the founding director of Newcastle Writers Festival, which is in its eleventh year.


Rosemarie Milsom is the founding director of the Newcastle Writers Festival, which is one of Australia’s largest regional literary festivals.

A former award-winning print journalist with Fairfax Media (now Nine) and broadcaster with the ABC, Rosemarie is also a respected facilitator and is regularly invited to host events at literary festivals and forums. She has interviewed writers such as Helen Garner, Liane Moriarty, Simon Winchester, and William Dalrymple, as well as leading public figures including former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Nigella Lawson and feminist Anne Summers.

Rosemarie champions literature and the arts. She is a member of the NSW Government’s Literature Board, is Chair of the University of Newcastle’s External Advisory Board for the School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences, and is the founding Chair of the Hunter Creative Alliance, which represents artists, arts organisations, and arts workers.

Rosemarie has three children aged 32 to 13.

Rosemarie Milsom

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