Spineless Wonders and Newcastle Writers Festival are delighted to announce the names of the finalists in the 2021 NWF/joanne burns Microlit Award selected by Professor Cassandra Atherton. We warmly thank all entrants to this annual award. Congratulations to following finalists: Adria Castellucci |Anne Booty |Art O’Brien |Beth Spencer |Brenda Proudfoot | Cheryl Rogers | Danielle Baldock | Deborah... Read More
The Newcastle Writers Festival has announced new dates – 24 to 26 September, 2021. The ninth event will run alongside the first weekend of City of Newcastle’s New Annual arts festival, offering audiences a jam-packed cultural program. Festival director Rosemarie Milsom said the move was essential to alleviate uncertainty about live events and to enable... Read More
Newcastle Writers Festival is delighted to present Richard Flanagan: The Living Sea of Waking Dreams in conversation with Jennifer Byrne The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is an ember storm of a novel. This is Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard Flanagan at his most moving. In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna’s aged mother... Read More
The 2021 joanne burns Microlit Award is now open. Entries of 200 words should be inspired by the theme ‘pulped fiction’. The award is a collaboration between Newcastle Writers Festival and Spineless Wonders. Entries close Aug 1, 2020. For more information visit https://bit.ly/2VcRh1v Good luck!
#NWFstoriestoyou Leading writers who were due to appear at the Newcastle Writers Festival this weekend (April 4 and 5) will feature in a new free online program: NWF Stories to You – taking the festival for the first time directly into people’s homes. The festival has launched a condensed online program after it was forced... Read More
It has been a challenging couple of days and the festival team has been focused on the job of winding down this year’s festival. It is a surreal and heart-breaking position to be in and we are grateful for the support we have received from writers, other festival directors, sponsors, publishers, and our dedicated audience.... Read More
Registration and training for volunteers has been cancelled for this year, as a result of the cancellation of the Newcaste Writers Festival 2020. Please note that none of the planned training sessions will take place. NWF is a non-profit organisation run by a small team on grants and sponsorships. Our volunteers play a key role... Read More
We are thrilled to announce that Helen Garner, Ash Grunwald, Archie Roach and Sally Rugg will be among 150 writers attending next year’s festival from April 3 to 5. Their timely books centre on the personal and political. The full program will be launched at a special evening event on February 20 and tickets will... Read More
The Newcastle Writers Festival has been successful in securing funding from Create NSW via the first round of the Arts and Cultural Funding Program. This cements the state government as the festival’s core funder for the sixth year and everyone involved in presenting the event is greatly appreciative of the ongoing support.
The Newcastle Writers Festival has lost one of its most treasured supporters. Much-loved ABC Newcastle presenter Jill Emberson died last night surrounded by her loved ones after a determined struggle with ovarian cancer. From festival director Rosemarie Milsom: ‘Jill was there from the very beginning and offered me her enthusiastic support in the lead up... Read More
Friday 8 November // 7.30pm // The Playhouse, Hunter Street, Newcastle Tony Jones is best known as the host of ABC TV’s political panel program Q&A. He is also an author and to coincide with the launch of his second thriller, In Darkness Visible, Tony will talk to Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom about... Read More
The Newcastle Writers Festival is thrilled to host a special event with award-winning Indian poet, novelist and dancer Tishani Doshi. This intimate evening will include dance inspired by Tishani’s most recent novel Small Days and Nights as well as poetry from her best-selling collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods. The performance will be... Read More