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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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Fresh ink - $5000 Emerging Writers Prize

NWF launches $5000 prize for an emerging writer

Newcastle Writers Festival launches $5000 prize for an emerging writer Newcastle Writers Festival has launched the Fresh Ink Emerging Writers Prize for those living in regional New South Wales. The…

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2022 NWF joanne burns Microlit Award

Submissions of up to 200 words on the theme of ‘travel’ are sought for the 2022 NWF joanne burns Microlit Award. Now in its 11th year, the award is co-hosted…

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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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Spineless Wonders and Newcastle Writers Festival are delighted to announce the names of the finalists in the 2021 NWF/joanne burns Microlit Award selected by Professor Cassandra Atherton. We warmly thank all entrants to…

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New Dates for 2021

The Newcastle Writers Festival has announced new dates – 24 to 26 September, 2021. The ninth event will run alongside the first weekend of City of Newcastle’s New Annual arts…

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Richard Flanagan in conversation with Jennifer Byrne

Newcastle Writers Festival is delighted to present Richard Flanagan: The Living Sea of Waking Dreams in conversation with Jennifer Byrne The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is an ember storm of…

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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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Newcastle Writers Festival takes program online

#NWFstoriestoyou Leading writers who were due to appear at the Newcastle Writers Festival this weekend (April 4 and 5) will feature in a new free online program: NWF Stories to…

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