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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.

This series is supported by Create NSW.

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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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Work with us

We are seeking to hire six people to be part of the Story Hunter program, an exciting new initiative that will increase creative writing opportunities for children in the Hunter…

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2023 program submissions now open

We are welcoming submissions from published writers at all stages of their career to participate in the 2023 festival, which will be held from March 31 to April 2. Ideally,…

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joanne burns Microlit Award now open

Newcastle Writers Festival and publisher Spineless Wonders are excited to announce the launch of the 2023 joanne burns Microlit Award. Celebrated poet joanne burns and Melbourne writer and academic Cassandra…

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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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