The University of Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle is a founding sponsor of the Newcastle Writers Festival, which is in its eighth year and is regarded as the city's premier cultural event.

The Faculty of Education and Arts not only provides essential funding to the annual three-day festival, but its academic staff contribute program ideas, participate in panel discussions and facilitate sessions.

Creative writing students are able to attend an out-of-program masterclass hosted by a guest writer such as Charlotte Wood and Stephen Armstrong, and they have also contributed as panelists in a range of sessions. This enables students to make connections with nationally recognised writers as well as providing a platform for them to share their work with a large audience.

NEW Thinking Series

Two years ago, the NEW Thinking Series was introduced to the festival program. This free program stream features topical discussions and the involvement of Humanities and Social Science researchers has been essential, some drawn from the Centre for 21st Century Humanities. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences has also fostered an important partnership between the festival and the NSW History Council, which also presents at the festival.

The festival is held from 5 – 7 April, 2019 at various locations around Newcastle CBD.

Speakers at the 2018 writers festival
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