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2025 joanne burns Microlit Award

Newcastle Writers Festival and publisher Spineless Wonders are excited to announce the launch of the 2025 joanne burns Microlit Award. Melbourne writer and academic Cassandra Atherton and Canberra-based poet and…

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Story Hunter Historical Fiction Masterclass

One early Wednesday morning, 55 excited children gathered outside Newcastle Museum, ready to flex their writing skills, meet new friends, and dive a little deeper into history. Ranging in age…

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Weather Update for NWF2024

A severe weather system is expected to generate heavy rain in Newcastle until Sunday but we won’t let that dampen your festival experience. There will be plenty of space to…

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2024 Festival Box Office

Need assistance buying tickets for the festival? Maybe you prefer to buy them in person, or you have accessibility requirements? Our ticketing manager Melissa Chandler will be available to assist…

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A vibrant artwork by Caelli Brooker featuring a yellow background with repeated illustrations of a character reading a book while lying on a towel, bin chickens, a runner reading with Nobbys lighthouse in the background, and a variety of buildings such as a rustic house and a series of terraces.

Caelli Brooker Designs the 2024 Festival Program

The artwork for the 2024 Newcastle Writers Festival program was designed by Caelli Jo Brooker, a Newcastle artist and designer with cultural ties to Wangaaypuwan and Kawambarai Country in Central…

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2023 Fresh Ink Prize Shortlist

Three Hunter region residents are among the six writers shortlisted for the 2023 Fresh Ink Prize. This is the third year Newcastle Writers Festival has offered the prize, which is…

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2023 Fresh Ink Prize

Newcastle Writers Festival has launched its third annual Fresh Ink Emerging Writer Prize for those living in regional New South Wales. The winner will receive $5000 prize money provided by…

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Microlit Writing Workshop at Newcastle Library

Love to write but find it hard to find the time? Why not try microlit?! This workshop will help you write, edit and then submit a microlit piece (200 words…

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2023 Schools Program Announced

Join Newcastle Writers Festival on 28 August for our first live Schools Program in four years! The program is part of this year’s Book Week celebrations and draws on the…

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Special Book Week Program for Primary Students

The Newcastle Writers Festival is thrilled to be presenting its first live Schools Program in four years. We can’t wait to welcome primary students back in August! Special guests include…

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Volunteer with us

Volunteer registration is now open for the 2023 festival. We’ve been very fortunate to have wonderful volunteers since the inaugural festival in 2013, and every year we welcome both reliable…

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First writers announced for 2023 festival

Award-winning and much-loved Australian writers Craig Silvey (pictured) and Pip Williams, as well as debut authors Mawunyo Gbogbo, Andrew Quilty, and Amy Thunig, are among 100 artists participating in the…

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New creative writing program for schools

Newcastle Writers Festival launched Story Hunter, a new creative writing program for Hunter region primary school students, on Thursday, 17 November, at Mayfield West Demonstration School. Story Hunter is a…

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Special event with Kevin Rudd

Join us on Tuesday 22 November for a wide-ranging discussion between former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the ABC’s Matt Bevan about geopolitics, media, and the health of democracy. As…

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2022 Fresh Ink Prize Winner Announced

Blue Mountains writer Alejandra Martinez has been awarded the 2022 Fresh Emerging Writers Ink Prize and receives $5000 for professional development and a week-long residency at Varuna. “I have been…

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2022 Fresh Ink Prize Shortlist

Judges Magdalena Ball, Winnie Dunn, and Andrew Pippos have selected five writers for the 2022 Fresh Ink Emerging Writer Prize shortlist. “These shortlisted writers are connected through their strong themes,…

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2022 Fresh Ink Prize

Newcastle Writers Festival is inviting emerging writers living in regional NSW to submit to the 2022 Fresh Ink Emerging Writers Prize. The prize seeks to elevate marginalised voices and is…

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Work with us

The new position of Youth Creative Writing Program Coordinator will be pivotal in helping Newcastle Writers Festival establish Story Hunter, an exciting new program for primary school students. The program…

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Festival book drive

Festival book donation drive We will be holding a book drive during the festival weekend on April 2 and 3 to help flood-affected libraries in northern NSW rebuild their collections….

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Newcastle Writers Festival launches 2022 program

The Newcastle Writers Festival launched its ninth program on Thursday night, March 3, with a special event at Newcastle City Hall featuring much-loved gardening identity Costa Georgiadis and hosted by Paul West.

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Fresh Ink Emerging Writers Prize Shortlist

Fresh Ink Emerging Writers Prize Shortlist Congratulations to Alex Chalwell, Rebecca Chaney, Lorina Mason and Nate McCarthy who have been shortlisted from 80 emerging regional NSW writers for the inaugural…

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Festival update

Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney, we have decided to postpone our September event until 2022. While we are not in lockdown in Newcastle, there…

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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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Work with us

NWF is thrilled to have received Create NSW funding to appoint three guest curators in 2021: First Nations Curator; Poetry Curator; and an Emerging Curator. There is scope for the…

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The joanne burns microlit award now open

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…

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Farewell to Jill Emberson

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…

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Double poetry book launch: DH Lawrence edition and David Musgrave 13 May

Invitation to a Joint Book Launch You are invited to attend a joint launch of D. H. Lawrence‘s The Poems, Volume III: Uncollected Poems and Early Versions, edited by Christopher…

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2019: That’s a wrap!

Wow! What a festival. It is hard to believe that just over a week ago we were in the midst of the Schools Program and getting ready for the opening…

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First guests announced for 2019

We are thrilled to announce the first of 120 guests for the 2019 festival, which will be held from April 5 to 7 in the Civic Precinct. The full program will be…

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2018 Newcastle Writers Festival/ joanne burns Microlit Award finalists announced

The finalists in the 2018 NWF/joanne burns MicroLit Award have now been announced. Two of these finalists will go on to win the joanne burns Microlit Award for the National…

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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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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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Mark Colvin

Everyone involved with the Newcastle Writers Festival is deeply saddened by the death of Mark Colvin. His brilliant journalism, ideas and insight have helped shape healthy debate about a number…

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2017 Program Highlights

Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom outlines some of this year’s program highlights. Thanks to our major sponsor Newcastle City Council. Watch the video!

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Even more Poetry – at the Pub

Poetry at the Pub – a wonderful Newcastle institution – will hold a special session on 10 April to wrap up NWF17, with Festival guest poets John Foulcher and Melinda…

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NBN interviews NWF Director Rosemarie Milsom

NBN news interviewed the NWF Director, Rosemarie Milsom, about Newcastle Writers Festival’s 2017 spectacular line-up. Watch the video here!  

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Launch of 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival Program

The launch of the 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival program was held at Newcastle Region Library. Festival director Rosemarie Milsom thanked sponsors, including Arts NSW, Newcastle City Council, The University of…

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First guest writers announced for NWF17

In the December 2016 NWF newsletter, Rosemarie Milsom announces, I have finalised the program for next year’s Festival and am thrilled to announce that Nick Earls and Tara Moss are…

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Newcastle Writers Festival 2017 School Program

The Newcastle Writers Festival is proud to be presenting a school program in 2017 in partnership with Newcastle Region Library. Bookings open 6 February 2017, via Ticketek.  DOWNLOAD THE 2017…

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2017 Newcastle Short Story Award

The 2017 Newcastle Short Story Award, which is organised by the Hunter Writers Centre, is now open for entries of up to 2000 words. Submission are open to all Australians…

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Email maintenance 27 October

The NWF email system was down for maintenance on Thursday 27 October 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience. During maintenance any emails sent to NWF email addresses may either have…

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Congratulations to the Newcastle category finalists: Dael Allison for Breakwall and Amanda Berry for As We That Are Left. Congratulations also to the national category long-list finalists: After the Storm,…

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The 2016 NWF/Joanne Burns Award for Microlit

UPDATE: ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST We are very excited to announce that the 2016 Joanne Burns Award for Microlit will be jointly sponsored by the…

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If you missed Richard Glover…

No need to stress if you missed seeing Richard Glover and Rosie Waterland talking to Meredith Jaffe at the 2016 Newcastle Writers Festival about balancing family obligation and the urge…

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If you missed seeing Stan Grant…

Don’t despair if you missed the fantastic session with Stan Grant and Jill Emberson at NWF16 in April 2016 – we have footage!

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