NEW Thinking at Newcastle Writers Festival

Wednesday, 28 March 2018


More than 30 University of Newcastle staff and students will share their creativity and insights at the 2018 Newcastle Writers Festival through a series of workshops, presentations and masterclasses.

Newcastle Writers Festival

Hosted for the first time at the University of Newcastle’s city campus, NeW Space, will be a Masterclass which delves into connecting family and local histories with current issues and audiences.  The ‘Making family and local histories global’ Masterclass will be held on Friday 6 April with the University of Newcastle’s Associate Professor Nancy Cushing and researcher Dr Julie McIntyre, along with Professor Andrew May (University of Melbourne) and Sue Ryan.

The University of Newcastle will also host a NEW Thinking Series which will explore new ways of thinking, involving some controversial topics. University of Newcastle’s Professor Lyndall Ryan will discuss her ground-breaking research of the colonial frontier massacres map with Professor Catharine Coleborne in a session on ‘Mapping Aboriginal Massacres’.

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Head of Humanities and Social Science and Dean of Arts at the University of Newcastle, Professor Coleborne said, “Professor Ryan’s work was an incredible way to visualise frontier maps in general and there has been an overwhelming global engagement with it.

“We’re looking forward to inviting conversation around the topicality of the map and the map itself.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions.”

University of Newcastle higher degree research students are also involved in presenting NEW Thinking Series sessions.

“By engaging University of Newcastle students as leaders in the Newcastle Writers Festival they have the opportunity to gain immersive work experience,” Professor Coleborne said.

In its sixth year, the Newcastle Writers Festival will host 140 writers and thinkers from throughout Australia from 6-8 April in the Civic precinct with the support of University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Education & Arts, and the Centre for 21st Century Humanities. The University is a founding sponsor of the Festival.

Sessions presented by University of Newcastle staff and students are listed in the table below. The full Newcastle Writers Festival program is available at http://www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au/program/.

Friday 6 April

Time

Event

Presenters

Location

11am – 1pm

Masterclass: Making family local histories global

Free session

Nancy Cushing, Julie McIntyre, Andrew May and Susan Ryan

NeW Space.  University of Newcastle.

Room X201

Saturday 7 April

Time

Event

Presenters

Location

10am – 10.30am

Revisiting Wuthering Heights

NEW thinking series

Free session

Alexandra Lewis

Cummings Room, City Hall

10am – 11am

Too much Rock ‘n’ Roll: A life in music

Free session

Mark Tinson in conversation with UON’s Phillip McIntyre

The Marquee, Wheeler Place

10.45am – 11.15am

Captive Anzacs

NEW thinking series

Free session

Kate Ariotti

Cummings Room, City Hall

11.30am – 12.30pm

The Last Taboo

NEW thinking series

Freesession

Nancy Cushing, Xanthé Mallet, Alistair Rolls.  Host / Rachel Franks

Cummings Room, City Hall

1.30pm – 2.30pm

The Deep Time Project

NEW thinking series

Free session

Greg Blyton, Gionni di Gravio, Ann Hardy and Craig Williams. Host / Marguerite Johnson

Cummings Room, City Hall

3pm – 4pm

Next Generation Humanities

NEW thinking series

Free session

Nicole Kimball, Gabrielle McGinnis, Elicia Taylor. Host / Amy Dewar

Cummings Room, City Hall

4.30pm – 5.30pm

The Battle Within

NEW thinking series

Free session

Christina Twomey. Host / Kate Ariotti

Cummings Room, City Hall

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Life Experience: How do you transform real events into fiction?Free session

Jesse Blackadder, Kathryn Heyman and Michael Sala. Host / Suzanna Leal

The Marquee, Wheeler Place

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Beyond the Capitals: The Voice of Regional PoetryFree session

Dael Allison, Steve Armstrong and Judy Johnson. Host / Magdalena Ball

Hunter Room,

City Hall

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Book Launch: Watermark

Free session

Robert Drewe will launch UON’s Joanna Atherfold Finn’s book

Mulumbinba Room, City Hall

Sunday 8 April

Time

Event

Presenters

Location

10am – 10.45am

The Corridor of Truth: What fiction adds to history

NEW thinking series

Free session

Evelyn Conlon

Cummings Room, City Hall

11.30am– 12.30pm

Mapping Aboriginal Massacres
NEW thinking series

Free session

Lyndall Ryan, Catharine Coleborne

Cummings Room, City Hall

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Why Study Writing?
NEW thinking series

Freesession

Dael Allison, Keri Glastonbury and Kathryn Heyman. Host / Michael Sala

Cummings Room, City Hall

3pm – 3.30pm

Picnic at Hanging Rock 50 Years On
NEW thinking series

Free session

Marguerite Johnson

Cummings Room, City Hall

3pm – 4pm

The Politics of Poetic Form

Free session

Chris Brown, Keri Glastonbury and Emily Stewart. Host / Claire Albrecht

Mulubinba Room, City Hall