UON researchers are playing a central role in this year's Newcastle Writers Festival

UON researchers represent at Newcastle Writers Festival

Tuesday, 4 April 2017


University of Newcastle researchers will be out in force at the fifth annual Newcastle Writers Festival on Friday 7 – Sunday 9 April. With a range of programs over three days, the breadth of our researchers’ talents will be highlighted in an array of sessions. From chairing panels, moderating debate, to providing insight on a novel topic, 11 University of Newcastle representatives are featured in the program.

To whet your appetite, here are a few highlights:

A packed crowd enjoys an event from the 2016 Newcastle Writers Festival

Book Launch – The Restorer

Dr Michael Sala, Scholarly Teaching Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, will launch his eagerly anticipated second novel, The Restorer during the Festival.  Dr Sala’s last novel The Last Thread, won the NSW Premier’s Award for New Writing and the Commonwealth Book Prize (Pacific region) in 2013. Read more about the book.


Living with the Locals

Professor John Maynard and Professor Victoria Haskins will talk about their recently published book Living with the Locals - Early Europeans’ Experience of Indigenous Life, which provides a fascinating insight into the experiences of 13 individuals who were taken in my Aboriginal people and lived with them with mutual respect between the 1790s and the 1870s. Read more about the session.


Violence: A Conversation

Professor Joanna Bourke, Global Innovation Chair at the Centre for the History of Violence will join with Professor Philip Dwyer, Director of the Centre for the History of Violence, on stage. Their presentation will cover the history of violence and will touch on topics as broad as warfare, killing and mass killing, sexual abuse and rape. Read more about the session.


Below is a full list of University of Newcastle representatives at the 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival.


Check out the full program here.