Celebrated writers from around Australia will head to the Hunter for the inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival.
Topics and genres such as crime, climate change, romance and history will be explored in free and ticketed shows from April 5 to 7.
Robert Drewe and Barry Maitland are among the big names who will participate.
Organiser and Newcastle Herald journalist Rosemarie Milsom will launch the festival on Wednesday. Sixteen ticketed shows will be announced as well as a keynote speaker.
Ms Milsom said the city was ready to boost its literary profile.
‘If you’re an avid reader, keen to learn more about the writing process, or enjoy a lively exchange of ideas, there will be something for you,’’ said Ms Milsom, who is working with Hunter Writers Centre director Karen Crofts on the festival, which is funded by Newcastle NOW and Newcastle City Council.
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