23 – 24 April 2021
Lovett Gallery, Newcastle City Library

Presented by Newcastle Writers Festival and Newcastle Libraries

Fresh Ink is being offered in response to the impact of COVID-19 on emerging writers. The collaboration aims to provide a combination of practical guidance and inspiration. Fresh Ink is free and open to anyone who is interested in writing in any genre and wants to develop their skills and networks.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

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Friday 23 April
Saturday 24 April

So, You Want to be a Writer?

Friday 23 April // 4pm-5.30pm // Lovett Gallery, Newcastle City Library This deep dive will include a panel conversation as well as small-group discussions. Topics will include the best avenues for publishing your work, time management, managing writing and other jobs, as well as the importance of wellbeing. With Omar Sakr (poetry), Wendy James (fiction), Ed Wright (nonfiction) and Jess Black (children’s books). Hosted by Ed Wright and Rosemarie Milsom Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
Omar Sakr
Omar Sakr
Wendy James
Wendy James
Jess Black
Jess Black
Ed Wright
Rosemarie Milsom
Rosemarie Milsom

Writer to Writer

Saturday 23 April // 5.45pm-6.45pm // Lovett Gallery, Newcastle City Library Andrew Pippos and Michael Sala discuss their creative challenges and decisions, how they juggle the demands of writing and parenting, and what they are working on now. Hosted by Ed Wright
Andrew Pippos
Andrew Pippos
Michael Sala
Ed Wright

Meet & Greet

Friday 23 April // 7pm-8pm // Lovett Gallery, Newcastle City Library Join guest writers for drinks and meet fellow local writers. Proudly supported by Elephant in the Room Wines. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.  

The Art of Memoir

Saturday 24 April // 10am-11am // Lovett Gallery, Newcastle City Library From essays to poetry, there’s more than one way to write a memoir. How do we find the best form to tell the stories of our own lives? With Bastian Fox Phelan, Susan Francis, and Bri Lee. Hosted by Rosemarie Milsom Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
Bri Lee
Bri Lee
Susan Francis
Bastian Fox Phelan
Bastian Fox Phelan
Rosemarie Milsom
Rosemarie Milsom

On Debut

Saturday 24 April // 11.15am-12.15pm // Lovett Gallery, Newcastle City Library Launching their first books during the pandemic provided Shu-Ling Chua, Andrew Pippos and Ewa Ramsey with a unique challenge. They discuss their path to publication. Hosted by Rosemarie Milsom Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
Ewa Ramset
Ewa Ramsey
Andrew Pippos
Andrew Pippos
Shu-Ling Chua
Shu-Ling Chua
Rosemarie Milsom
Rosemarie Milsom

Taking Risks

Saturday 24 April // 1pm-2pm // Lovett Gallery, Newcastle City Library Enduring and engaging writing often explores uncomfortable issues and ideas. Shu-Ling Chua, Bri Lee and Omar Sakr discuss how they navigate the personal and political. Hosted by Magdalena Ball Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
Bri Lee
Bri Lee
Omar Sakr
Omar Sakr
Shu-Ling Chua
Shu-Ling Chua
magdalena ball
Magdalena Ball

How Publishing Works

Saturday 24 April // 2.15pm-3.15pm // Lovett Gallery, Newcastle City Library Whether you’re interested in self-publishing, are an aspiring author, or are simply keen to take a behind-the-scenes look at the business of publishing, Jaye Ford, Brendan Fredericks and Ed Wright share an insider’s view. Hosted by Nick Milligan Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
BRENDAN FREDRICKS
Brendan Fredericks
Ed Wright
Nick Milligan
Nick Milligan
Jaye Ford / Janette Paul

Call my Agent!

Saturday 24 April // 3.30pm – 4.30pm // Lovett Gallery, Newcastle City Library Leading literary agent Jane Novak discusses the personal and professional relationship between agent and writer, and answers all your questions. Hosted by Rosemarie Milsom Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
Jane Novak
Jane Novak
Rosemarie Milsom
Rosemarie Milsom