Newcastle Writers Festival 2016


Keep the weekend April 1 -3  free for the 2016 Newcastle Writers Festival. It’s an exciting line-up this year. Check out the program .

If you want to spruce up your writing there are Masterclasses by Carmel Bird 


Carmel Bird

and Claire Scobie, and sessions on Self-publishing and how to Make your Writing Pop.

The Opening Night Event features Tim Flannery talking about his adventures with host John Doyle. 


Tim Flannery

David Marr, Libby Hathorn, Druscilla Modjeska, Richard Glover, Kerri Glastonbury, Marion Halligan, Charlotte Wood and Michael Sala are just a few of the noted writers speaking at the Festival.


Newcastle’s most loved and respected authors will launch new books, including Zeny Giles and Jean Kent.


Zeny Giles

The winners of the Newcastle Short Story Award will be announced on Friday at 5.30 pm at the City Hall.

On Saturday afternoon the work of the 4 finalists (including me!) in the Newcastle Writers Festival Microlit competition will be presented as art videos by author and visual artist Richard Holt, and the winner announced.

I hope to see you there!



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11 Responses to Newcastle Writers Festival 2016

  1. margaret jackson says:

    Thanks for this Karen – I have been able to follow your prompts and have booked for Carmel Bird’s session. It looks to be a great festival. Congratulations on being one of the four finalists in the Micro comp. good luck.

  2. Maree Gallop says:

    NWF16 how exciting! My seat is booked for the Carmel Bird Masterclass and I’m really looking forward to that, as well as all the other wonderful events. Congratulations on being a finalist in the Microlit comp., karen – a great achievement!

    • Thanks, Maree. I’m excited about this year’s festival, too. They are offering some great sessions from a wide range of subjects to do with books and writing. I’ll be at your group’s session ‘Make Your Writing Pop’ early to make sure I get a seat.

  3. dianathrelfo says:

    I want to echo the congratulations, Karen – a significant achievement to be one of the four finalists in the micro lit comp. The Festival has a fabulous line up of guests and presenters this year. Wish I could get to all the sessions, but like Marg and Maree, have booked into the Carmel Bird session.

  4. anne says:

    Congratulations, Karen, being short-listed. That’s wonderful!
    And, wow! what a great list of speakers.

  5. That’s really exciting Karen, good luck with everything….

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