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Category: Special Events


Longlist announced for inaugural Fresh Ink Emerging Writers Prize

Yes, we know we were supposed to announce a shortlist today but the judges felt the quality of the entries warranted a longlist. Congratulations to: Jackie Bailey, Austinmer, for Sublime:…

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Julia Gillard: Women & Leadership

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT Newcastle Writers Festival and City of Newcastle present Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership 6pm-7pm Sat 13 February, The Arena NEX Tickets $30 (plus fees…

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Richard Flanagan in conversation with Jennifer Byrne

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…

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An evening with Tony Jones

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…

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Small Days and Nights: An Evening with Tishani Doshi

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…

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The Perfect Crime: homegrown thriller writers

On 1 August, Newcastle Writers Festival and Newcastle Library will present a panel of critically acclaimed and bestselling writers who will together unravel the mystery of what makes a great…

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Anne Summers in Newcastle Sunday 4 November

Respected journalist, editor, policy maker and feminist Anne Summers will visit Newcastle on 4 November to discuss her new memoir Unfettered and Alive. Anne has influenced and often shaped the…

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International double bill in August

Join us for Rebels with a Cause, a very special event at Newcastle Region Library on 6 August featuring the North Korean defector and human rights activist, Hyeonseo Lee, and…

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Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton – SECOND SHOW

Due to overwhelming demand a second event featuring much-loved Australian children’s author Andy Griffiths and his illustrator sidekick Terry Denton has been announced for Newcastle at 4.30pm on Sunday, July…

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Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton in Newcastle

Join Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton in their stupendous 104-storey treehouse!  They’ve added 13 new levels including a stupid-hat level, a refrigerator-throwing level, a bun-fighting level, a tangled-up level and…

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Special event with Jacqui Lambie

25 February 2018 // 3pm at NEX (cnr King and Union Streets) Newcastle Writers Festival presents Jacqui Lambie in Conversation. Jacqui will discuss her autobiography, Rebel With a Cause. Thanks to MacLean’s…

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The Newcastle Writers Festival team is excited to announce that the following award-winning writers will be participating in the 2018 program: * Bruce Pascoe, whose award-winning Dark Emu challenges the…

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Jimmy Barnes Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories and Songs – SORRY, SOLD OUT

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT We are thrilled to announce that Jimmy Barnes will be our opening night guest on Friday, 6 April 2018, in the Civic Theatre…

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Special August double bill

Join us for a very special event at the University of Newcastle’s Conservatorium of Music featuring Professor of Philosophy Emrys Westacott and award-winning British journalist and best-selling author Christina Lamb….

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Matthew Reilly

What a fantastic event with Matthew Reilly. He was such a warm and humble guest. After his chat with festival director Rosemarie Milsom during which he revealed there will be…

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Matthew Reilly event 16 November

From self-publishing his first book to best-selling writer: Matthew Reilly will speak to Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom about his brilliant career, hero Jack West and life in LA….

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William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days

Newcastle Writers Festival is thrilled to be hosting its first international guest – New Yorker journalist William Finnegan, whose memoir Barbarian Days was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Biography….

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Looking forward, looking back

Newcastle Writers Festival is proud to be working with The Lock-Up on a special panel discussion on Saturday, 16 July, to tie in with the exhibition, It’s Timely Too. Panellists…

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Robert Gott’s Good Murder

Our friends at Newcastle Theatre Company have been working hard on an exciting new production that will appeal to readers of crime novels. Local theatre stalwart Stewart McGowan has adapted…

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The Killing Season Uncut

Not only is Sarah Ferguson one of our top journalists, but she can recite Keats. Festival director Rosemarie Milsom will discuss poetry and more with Sarah during a special out-of-festival…

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A conversation with Peter Garrett

On Thursday, 22 October, iconic Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett strode into Newcastle City Hall for a special event to mark the release of his autobiography Big Blue Sky. He…

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Lunch with Olympian Leisel Jones

The festival is thrilled to announce a special event with Olympic gold medallist Leisel Jones on the opening day of the festival, Friday 1 April. From the gold medal dais at…

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A night with Magda Szubanski

A night with Magda Szubanski  The wonderful Magda Szubanski entertained a full house on Saturday night at a special out-of-festival event at Watt Street ARC. Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie…

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