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The Newcastle Writers Festival Stories To You podcast is a continuation of our 2020 digital program, which was created in response to Covid-19. The series features interviews with Australian and international writers whose work challenges, inspires and entertains. We hope you enjoy meeting them each Wednesday.

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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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joanne burns Microlit Award finalists announced

Judge Cassandra Atherton has announced the finalists in the 2023 joanne burns Microlit Awards in which eight writers from the Hunter region have been named. They are: Magdalena Ball, Helen…

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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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Seeking a treasurer

Newcastle Writers Festival is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from people who are qualified and interested in becoming our Board Treasurer. This is a voluntary position. NWF is one of…

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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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Special event with Jennifer Robinson

Join us on October 22 for a special evening event with internationally respected human rights and media lawyer Jennifer Robinson. Journalist Maddison Connaughton will host this conversation, which will centre…

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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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