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From the Director Rosemarie Milsom
Have you watched Australian comedian Hannah Destination NSW. Thanks also to our sponsors:
Gadsby’s Nanette? Now a global phenomenon, Newcastle City Council, University of Newcastle,
she uses the hour to interrogate misogyny, shame Enigma, Catfish Foundation, Newcastle Port
and the strictures on stand-up to create an Corporation and the Copyright Agency Cultural
incendiary performance. One line has remained Fund. And we would not be able to reach you
with me while creating this year’s program: without our valued media partners – Newcastle
‘Stories hold our cure’. I believe this to be true. Herald, ABC Newcastle and intouch magazine
The themes of resilience and hope underpin the – who are all committed to telling the Hunter’s
2019 program and in what has been a stellar 12 colourful stories.
months in publishing, I have been inspired by an The festival works closely with a number of local
incredible range of fiction and nonfiction titles. I businesses and I want to acknowledge Amanda
am thrilled so many of the writers will be here. and Max Shirley at MacLean’s Booksellers, Scion
You will have noticed that the festival has a fresh Audio, Rydges, Quest Newcastle West, Crampton
new logo thanks to the dynamic creative team Woods Wines, Newcastle Event Hire, Austiger,
at Enigma and it conveys our commitment The Press Book House and FogHorn Brewhouse.
to exploring the stories behind the stories, to I would also like to acknowledge the Newcastle
looking beyond the surface, which explains the Writers Festival board members for their hard
three-dimensional lettering. The yellow that has work and essential support; Jenny Blackford,
identified us for the past five years remains as I Frances Crampton, Sally Ebert, Laura Jackel,
feel it signifies the festival’s determination to be Sheree Kable, Sharon Roberts and Kate Robinson.
bold and welcoming. Additional thanks to Sally Ebert and Ewa Ramsey
The Newcastle Writers Festival thrives on who have helped manage the festival’s logistics
goodwill, hard work and a passion for ideas. Thank and administration, and to Miranda Whittle who
you to our enthusiastic and ever-growing team has designed the program for the past five years.
of wonderful volunteers and their coordinator I look forward to seeing you at this year’s festival
Sheree Kable. I extend my appreciation to the and I appreciate your support.
festival’s core funder, Create NSW, as well as

NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin

Each April, literature takes centre-stage in support is a reflection of the role the event has in
Newcastle. Across three days, the city’s cultural promoting literature to a large audience – from
precinct comes alive as the Newcastle Writers primary students who participate in the Schools
Festival showcases the very best writers from Program to interstate visitors who are attracted
across Australia and the local community. to the dynamic program as well Newcastle’s
Now in its seventh year, the Festival has become many other wonderful features.
an exciting cultural fixture and it is known for I congratulate Festival Director Rosemarie Milsom
warmly welcoming artists and audiences. and her small, hard-working team for once again
The NSW Government has been the core funder creating and delivering a truly inspiring program.
of the Festival for the past five years and our

Festival Information
Ticket information Venue information Accessibility
The Newcastle Writers Festival is The Civic Precinct is located between Auslan interpreters are available
committed to providing free sessions in Hunter and King streets. There is for selected sessions. Look for this
its program. Tickets are not needed for wheelchair access to City Hall via symbol in the program.
these events. Seats are offered on a ‘first the Wheeler Place entrance and
in, first served’ basis. Admission cannot be there is an internal lift. If you require accessibility/
guaranteed for free sessions. assistance, please email access@
All other tickets are available from and the
festival can arrange for a volunteer to
Trybooking and can be bought over the
counter at MacLean’s Booksellers, be available. The festival is committed
to enabling access to all. Please visit our
69 Beaumont Street Hamilton, online at website for more information about
accessibility. Facebook
or by contacting (02) 4969 2525. 
The advertised ticket price does not The main information desk is located in
include a $0.30 Trybooking service fee. Wheeler Place and there is an additional
desk on King Street outside City Hall. @newwritersfest
There is no concession price but Programs and session information is
Companion Card holders qualify for available.
a second ticket at no cost for their Instagram
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permitted without approval from the
Companion Cards need to be booked festival director Rosemarie Milsom. Stay in touch with festival events
via the phone or in person at MacLean’s Please email admin@ throughout the year by subscribing to
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NWF19 Feature Events


Women Like Us: The Show

Harold Lobb Concert Hall
University of Newcastle
Conservatorium of Music
FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER With Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan.
Enjoy two hours of rapid-fire stand-up FAMILY FUN
Literary Trivia Night comedy by Ellen Briggs and Mandy Animal Tales
Nolan, who call themselves “the
7.00pm-9.00pm bogan woman’s thinking woman 10.00am-11.00am
FogHorn Brewhouse and the thinking woman’s bogan”. Concert Hall, City Hall
$15 per person or Irreverent, outrageous and down-to- Adult $25, Child/concession $15,
$20 at the door earth, these women don’t just deliver Family $60
Do you know your Capote from your in the birth suite, they do it on stage.
The Newcastle Wind Orchestra and
Corris? Can you name every Austen Includes an interval.
Newcastle Writers Festival present
novel? Animal Tales. See Page 9 for full details.
To celebrate the start of the 2019
Newcastle Writers Festival, we’re Festival Family Takeover
holding our debut literary trivia night. 11.00am-1.00pm
Funds raised will go towards planning Newcastle Region Library
the 2020 festival. Free events
Prizes include meal vouchers, bundles Book launches, Illustrator battles,
of brilliant new books, and festival storytime readings, performances,
passes. Small teams welcome. kids activities and lots of fun!
Host / Nick Milligan See Page 9 for full details.

3 Secrets and Lies
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre
The king of suspense, Michael
Robotham, explores what drives the
characters in his best-selling books.
Host / Barry Maitland SATURDAY 6 APRIL 57
Bookings: call on 49934266 or book Queerstories
Speaking out online at cessnockperformingartscentre. 8.30pm-9.30pm
7.30pm-9.00pm The Playhouse
Harold Lobb Concert Hall In partnership with
University of Newcastle Cessnock City Council
Conservatorium of Music Enter the raucous, radical, wildly
$35 funny world of Queerstories and enjoy
Does making change mean making unexpected tales from a diverse line up
trouble? Ben Quilty, Gillian Triggs and of LGBTQI+ festival guests.
Joe Williams shed light on the people With Claire G Coleman, Kait Fenwick,
and experiences that have inspired Bastion Fox Phelan, Paul van Reyk
them to speak out and find the and Anthony Venn-Brown.
courage to lead.
Host / Maeve Marsden
Host / Jane Hutcheon
Master of ceremonies Dan Cox.

We are passionate about the valuable role of literature and ideas in our lives. Good writing challenges, inspires
SUPPORT and comforts us.
NWF is Newcastle’s premier arts event and one of the city’s largest festivals. Our Schools Program reaches
NEWCASTLE more than 3000 Hunter Region primary students and all author presentations are provided for free.
NWF is a big event run by a small team and we need your support. NWF is an incorporated association with
WRITERS Deductible Gift Recipient status. All donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.
Please consider donating. Even a small amount can have an impact.

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Friday 5 April // Workshops & Masterclasses
10.00am-1.00pm 2 This interactive workshop features close experiencing a dynamic interplay of ideas/
Level 2, Room X208 readings of selected texts, writing exercises, insights.
NeW Space, Hunter St and group draft workshopping with the Participants will have a chance to have a
$100 or $90 Hunter Writers aim of producing a piece of literary writing piece published in the e-mag Australian
that illuminates individual, collective, or Poetry Collaboration.
Centre members
transgenerational trauma in some way. Limited to 7 places
WORKSHOP Limited to 15 places
Writing a Short Play 1.00pm-4.30pm
With Carl Caulfield 11.00am-2.00pm Hudson Street Hum 9
Level 2, Room X207 7 Hudson Street, Hamilton
The masterclass will begin with an analysis
of what makes an effective short play with NeW Space, Hunter St $90
a few examples from the genre. Carl will $100 or $90 Hunter Writers Centre
then take participants through the process members
of writing a short play, from getting ideas to MASTERCLASS Creativity and Community:
drafting scenes, writing dialogue, developing Community Writing Projects
character and creating dramatic structure. Diving in and Going Deep:
Presented by Richard Short from the Sydney
Finally, participants will write, using warm-up Writing what matters Story Factory.
exercises and prompts.
With Kathryn Heyman Participants will be guided through
Limited to 25 places.
In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity the planning of a community writing
to discover what matters to you as a writer project, including the development and
10.00am-3.00pm 3 and how to write it. Whether you’re working implementation of a wide variety of teaching
Level 2, Room X201 on fiction or non-fiction, you’ll discover what activities and strategies that engage
NeW Space, Hunter St makes your voice unique, you’ll try new ways students across the full range of abilities and
$160 or $144 Hunter Writers of thinking about character (even in memoir) backgrounds.
Centre members and techniques to bring your prose alive. Participants will critically examine the
Limited to 15 places development and implementation of a
community writing project (Home - Mapping
The Writing ‘I’: Developing your 11.00am-1.00pm the stories of Redfern) undertaken by the
7 Sydney Story Factory. This investigation
non-fiction persona Level 3, Room X321
will include reference to student activities,
With Ailsa Piper NeW Space, Hunter St
community engagement, planning, and
Free event student agency in education.
Whether it’s a reflective column for a
magazine, a blog post, a travel memoir, or a MASTERCLASS This workshop is endorsed by the NSW
chapter in a collection, learn how to develop Education Standard Authority (NESA)
and sharpen your narrative persona. The
Memory and Monuments
The impulse to memorialise people and Three hours of QTC Registered PD
workshop will explore:
addressing 1.2.2;1.5.2; 2.4.2; 3.7.2 from the
• locating the appropriate voice and tone events has led to the establishment of a
Australian Professional Standards for
• choice of form range of monuments in urban landscapes.
Teachers towards maintaining Proficient
• dramatising and enlivening abstract Increasingly, monuments have been verbally
Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
concepts or physically attacked and, in some cases,
• refreshing the writing eye. removed. This masterclass will focus on the Limited to 20 places
ongoing histories of monuments, testing the
An essay to read and discuss will be sent in
implications of preservation and removal, and 5.00pm-6.30pm 10
the week prior to the workshop.
how memorials can be revived, reinterpreted
Limited to 15 places. NeW Space, Hunter St
or replaced. The three speakers will address
Level 8
Captain Cook, counter-memorials and the
‘statue wars’; the memorial to the band Free event
10.00am-1.00pm 4
Newcastle Museum on the Titanic in Broken Hill; and the coal Newcastle Short Story
$100 or $90 Hunter Writers monument in Newcastle.
Award Presentation
Centre members With Nancy Cushing, Stephen Gapps and
Tamson Pietsch. Hosted by Hunter Writers Centre
WORKSHOP Judge Annabel Smith will be attending.
Hosted by Richard Neville.
Introduction to Crime Writing Presented by the History Council of NSW with
with Sandi Wallace support from the University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Explore the key elements of crime fiction
- how to unlock story ideas, create strong Limited to 50 places
characters, tension, plot and atmospheric
settings. 11am-5.30pm
For writers keen to start or develop their NeW Space, Hunter St 8
crime-writing skills in long or short form. Level 2 Room X210
Limited to 25 places $220 or $198 Hunter Writers 7.30pm-9.00pm 11
Centre members Harold Lobb Concert Hall
Conservatorium of Music
10.00am-4.00pm 5 WORKSHOP $35
Level 2, Room X204
NeW Space, Hunter St
Intensive Poetry Workshop OPENING NIGHT
With Les Wicks
$180 or $162 Hunter Writers
This workshop consists of three components. Speaking Out
Centre members
Participants get in advance a strategy sheet Does making change mean making trouble?
WORKSHOP on editing their work. Then, at least two Ben Quilty, Gillian Triggs and Joe Williams
weeks before the class, they will submit four shed light on the people and experiences
Writing Trauma poems (maximum 30 lines each). The poems that have inspired them to speak out and
With Meera Atkinson with commentary will be distributed to the find the courage to lead.
The prospect of writing trauma can be both participants four days before the workshop.
Host / Jane Hutcheon
daunting and compelling. Meera Atkinson On the day of the workshop the group will
invites those writing or looking to write work intensively through each participant’s Master of ceremonies Dan Cox.
trauma in any genre to explore this terrain. poems building on prior suggestions and

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NEW Thinking Series
In partnership with the University of Newcastle’s

Saturday 6 April // Sessions

Faculty of Education & Arts with support from
the Centre for 21st Century Humanities.

8.00am-9.30am 12 10.00am-11.00am 17 11.30am-12.30pm 23 12.30pm-1.30pm 29

The Press Book House Hunter Room, City Hall Cummings Room, City Hall The Press Book House
Free Event Free session Free session Free event
Poets Breakfast Living with NEW Thinking Series BOOK LAUNCH
Newcastle writer Zeny Giles’
Start your festival weekend with Intelligent Machines Lives Erased new book Her Mother Tongue
live readings and a cup of coffee. Artificial intelligence and The history of LGBTQI conversion will be launched by Dael Allison.
Host / Ron Brown machine learning have already therapy.
begun to revolutionise society.
With James Bennett, Stuart 1.15pm-2.30pm 30
9.30am-10.15am & 13 Ellen Broad explores the ethics
Edser and Anthony Venn-Brown. Hunter Room, City Hall
of AI and asks how far we are
10.30am-11.15am Host / Marguerite Johnson Free session
prepared to let it remake our
Newcastle Region Library world?
Host/ Jane McCredie 11.30am-12.30pm 24
Archives Tour Concert Hall, City Hall Joanne Burns Microlit
Join historian Nancy Cushing 10.00am-11.00am Free session Award Ceremony
and local studies librarian Sue Includes discussion about using
The Playhouse, Hunter St Far From Home microlit to explore the theme
Ryan for a behind-the-scenes $25
tour of the library’s archives, Kon Karapanagiotidis and Saba of ‘sound’ and collaborations
which include the records of real The Thrill of It Vasefi share their perspectives between authors & composers.
estate firms and personal papers Michael Robotham is renowned and experiences of the global
With Cassandra Atherton,
of prominent Novocastrians. for creating complex page- refugee crisis.
Jen Craig and Victoria Pham.
With Nancy Cushing and turners. He discusses the Host / Felicity Biggins Includes performances by
Sue Ryan. characters and plot twists that With a special musical Stephen Adams and the launch
bring his books to life. performance by Minerva of the Shuffle anthology.
Each tour limited to 15 places
Host / Ailsa Piper Khodabande.
Meet at the ground floor
information desk 1.30pm-2.30pm 31
Sponsored by
11.30am-12.30pm 25 Mulubinba Room, City Hall
Tickets guarantee a seat for
Hunter Room, City Hall $25
panel discussion at 11.30am.
10.00am-11.00am 19 $25 The Borderland
The Marquee, Wheeler Place Conversations Exploring the creative space
10.00am-11.00am 14
Free session between fact and fiction with
Mulubinba Room, City Hall with the Past
Chloe Hooper, Bram Presser and
Free session The Good Fight Exploring the enduring impact Jock Serong.
Margaret Thatcher said there of the Holocaust through writing.
Making a Book was no such thing as society,
Host / Geordie Williamson
With Heather Morris and Bram
Are you an aspiring or emerging just individuals, so where does Presser.
writer? Members of the Lake that leave community activism? 1.30pm-2.30pm 32
Macquarie Fellowship of Writers Local campaigners Christine Host / Magdalena Ball Cummings Room, City Hall
share their hard-earned tips. Everingham and John Watts Free session
With Pam Garfoot, Tony Lang discuss people power. 11.30am-12.30pm 26
and Linda Visman. NEW Thinking Series
Host / Paul Scott The Playhouse, Hunter St
Host / Jan Mitchell Free session A New Taste of Hunter
11.00am-12.00pm 20 Wine History
10.00am-11.00am 15
Sign of the Times
The Press Book House John Germov and Julie McIntyre
Cummings Room, City Hall The messages on his church profile the people, history and
Free event billboard capture headlines,
Free session technology that have shaped our
BOOK LAUNCH but is there more to Father Rod wine region.
NEW Thinking Series Members of the Eastlakes U3A Bower’s push for a progressive
Christianity? Host / Cassie McCullagh
Running Writing celebrate their 10th year with
the launch of the anthology, Host / Dan Cox
Lachlan Brown, Tom Lee Paperbark. To be launched by 1.30pm-2.30pm 33
and Michael Sala explore the Barbara Kathner. Concert Hall, City Hall
correlation between being 11.30am-12.30pm 27
physically active and creative The Marquee, Wheeler Place
insight. 11.30am-1.00pm 21 Free session Blood and Dust
Newcastle Diggers Club “Aussie noir” is enjoying a
Host / Keri Glastonbury
175 Scott St Beyond the Surface moment in the sun, but what
$30 includes meal Anisa Nandaula and Alison is driving the popularity of this
10.00am-11.00am 16 Whittaker explore the ways publishing phenomenon?
Concert Hall, City Hall in which they use poetry to
Bush Poets Lunch With Mark Brandi, Chris Hammer
$15 overcome taboos. and Sandi Wallace.
Join members of the Hunter
The Powers That Be Bush Poets for readings and a
Host / Claire Albrecht Host / Jaye Ford
In the escalating war between meal. All welcome to perform.
truth and politics, how do we 11.30am-12.30pm 28 1.30pm-2.30pm 34
maintain human rights? Hosts / Peter Mace & Greg North Newcastle Region Library The Playhouse, Hunter St
Gillian Triggs in Conversation Lovett Gallery $25
with Jill Emberson. 11.30am-12.30pm 22 Free session
Mulubinba Room, City Hall Stories of Resilience
Making the most of Most of us will experience at least
Newcastle Library’s one traumatic event, but why
The Year of the Farmer and how do certain people cope
archives more effectively with personal
Rosalie Ham’s The Dressmaker
has become an Aussie classic. With Nancy Cushing, Julie tragedy? With Meera Atkinson,
She reflects on her passion for McIntyre and Sue Ryan. Heather Morris and Rick Morton.
small towns and their larger- Host / Annabel Smith
than-life characters.
Host / Meredith Jaffé

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Saturday 6 April // Sessions
1.30pm-2.30pm 35 3.00pm-4.00pm 41 4.30pm-5.30pm 47 6.00pm-7.00pm 53
The Marquee, Wheeler Place Hunter Room, City Hall Hunter Room, City Hall Concert Hall, City Hall
Free session $25 $15 $25
Identity and the Body Truth in Memoir Classroom Struggle Boys Will Be Boys
Creative practitioners discuss Is objective truth essential when What does it mean to be Clementine Ford dismantles the
how they have utilised their writing about your life, and can a teacher? Gabbie Stroud age-old idea that entitlement,
bodies to explore notions of memory and imagination ever discusses how she tried to keep aggression and toxicity are
personal, cultural and social be separated? the heart in her job. natural realms for boys, and
identity. With Jessie Cole, Caro Llewellyn reveals how the patriarchy we
Host / Jane Caro
and Rick Morton. live in is as harmful to boys and
With Bleck, Rakini Devi and
Caro Llewellyn. Host / Ailsa Piper men as it is to women and girls.
4.30pm-5.30pm 48
Host / Jessi England Host / Amy Sambrooke
Concert Hall, City Hall
3.00pm-4.00pm 42 $25
Presented in partnership with
The Lock-Up and in conjunction The Playhouse, Hunter St 7.00pm-8.00pm 54
with the exhibition KNOWN | $25 Behind the News The Playhouse, Hunter St
UNKNOWN Kerry O’Brien reflects on the $15
A Dark Inheritance social and political upheavals
Emily O’Grady, Trent Dalton he has witnessed, of lessons
Newcastle Sonnets
2.00pm-2.30pm 36 and Christian White explore the A discussion/performance by
learned and ignored, and the
The Press Book House far-reaching impact of crimes poet Keri Glastonbury and
personalities who have made
Free event on their memorable fictional history. composer Jacqueline Amidy
families. about the process of adapting
BOOK LAUNCH Host / Paul Bevan
Host / Geordie Williamson Newcastle Sonnets into a Song
Magdalena Ball’s new poetry Cycle. 
collection High Wire Step will 4.30pm-5.30pm 49
be launched by Kit Kelen. 3.00pm-4.00pm 43
The Playhouse, Hunter St 7.30pm-8.30pm
The Marquee, Wheeler Place 55
Tickets $15 Cessnock Performing
Free session
2.45pm-3.30pm 37 Reawakening the Past Arts Centre
The Press Book House The Right Note
Claire G Coleman, Jock Serong $25 See ticketing link on Pg 4
Free event Dael Allison, Joanna Atherfold and Clare Wright explore the
Flying Island Pocket Poets Finn and Morgan Bell explore challenges of writing history
Danny Gentile, Kit Kelen, Kerri how the interplay between based on previously unheard Secrets and Lies
Shying and Beth Spencer discuss music and imagination voices.
influences creative works. Michael Robotham explores
their work.
Host / Julie McIntyre what drives the characters in
Host / Magdalena Ball Musician Jessi Ballard will perform. his best-selling books.
Host / Nick Milligan
4.30pm-5.30pm 50 Host / Barry Maitland
3.00pm-4.00pm 38 The Marquee, Wheeler Place
Mulubinba Room 4.00pm-5.00pm 44 Free session
The Press Book House 7.30pm-9.30pm 56
Free session
Free event Radical Acts of Harold Lobb Concert Hall
Creating Memorable Empathy Conservatorium of Music
Characters Home Grown $35
The importance of walking in
Newcastle poets discuss
Chris Hammer and Holly
and read from their recent
another’s shoes in our divided SPECIAL EVENT
Throsby discuss how they create world.
imaginary people who feel true chapbooks published by Women Like Us:
Puncher & Wattmann. With Rod Bower, Kon
enough to be real.
Karapanagiotidis and Anisa
The Show
Host / Suzanne Leal With Claire Albrecht, Kait With Ellen Briggs & Mandy Nolan.
Fenwick, Trisha Pender
and Kerri Shying. Host / Annabel Smith Enjoy two hours of rapid-fire
3.00pm-4.00pm 39 stand-up comedy by Ellen
Host / Chris Brown Briggs and Mandy Nolan, who
Cummings Room, City Hall 5.30pm-6.30pm 51 call themselves “the bogan
Free session The Press Book House
4.30pm-5.30pm 45 woman’s thinking woman and
NEW Thinking Series Mulubinba Room Free event the thinking woman’s bogan”.
BOOK LAUNCH Irreverent, outrageous and
Writing Women in the $15
down-to-earth, these women
Wake of #metoo Disruption and Poet Juan Garrido-Salgado’s don’t just deliver in the birth
new collection Cuando fui
Poet and academic Kate Lilley in Disempowerment suite, they do it on stage.
Clandestino (When I Was Includes an interval.
conversation with Trisha Pender. Mark Scott argues that new Clandestine) will be launched
media is enabling despots and by Ray Kelly Snr.
3.00pm-4.00pm 40 disempowering democracy. Why 8.30pm-9.30pm 57
Concert Hall, City Hall does more information often The Playhouse
mean less insight? 5.30pm-9.00pm 52
$15 $25
Newcastle Museum
Host / Justin O’Brien
The Best Medicine Free event Queerstories
Ellen Briggs, Tanya Hennessy 4.30pm-5.30pm 46 UNDERWORLD Enter the raucous, radical, wildly
and Hung Le discuss how they funny world of Queerstories and
Cummings Room, City Hall Discover the underworld of the enjoy unexpected tales from
use laughter to face - and
Free session Roaring Twenties at this one a diverse line up of LGBTQI+
understand - the bitter moments
night only underground party!
of life. NEW Thinking Series festival guests.
Dress up in your 1920s glad rags, With Claire G Coleman, Kait
Host / Amy Sambrooke When Galaxies Collide dance your way through the Fenwick, Bastian Fox Phelan,
With the Andromeda Galaxy evening, grab a drink and meet Paul van Reyk and Anthony
rushing towards the Milky Way, the bosses, grifters and petty Venn-Brown.
astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith crims inspired by the exhibition
Host / Maeve Marsden
considers our fate. Underworld: Mugshots from
Host / Jane McCredie the Roaring Twenties.

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Sunday 7 April // Sessions
10.00am-11.00am 58 11.30am-12.30pm 64 11.30am-12.30pm 70 1.30pm-2.30pm 75
Mulubinba Room, City Hall Mulubinba Room, City Hall Cummings Room, City Hall Hunter Room, City Hall
$15 Free session $15 $15
One Hundred Years On Location The Power of Love
D Accidental Feminists
of Dirt Jessie Cole and Jock Serong She helped him getLLback on
Ean Women over 55 belong to
explore how the Australian C
a surfboard after horrific the generation that changed
ANhe helped her
Rick Morton talks to Ed Wright
landscape has influenced who accident and everything but didn’t plan
about his memoir, which is a
they are and the work they C
find her voice. Barney and Kada to. Jane Caro explores
meditation on anger, fear of oth-
create. Miller in conversation with Jenny the achievement of these
ers and an obsession with real
and imagined borders. Host / Conor McCarthy Marchant. revolutionaries.
Kada will also perform. Host / Meredith Jaffé
10.00am-11.00am 59 11.30am-12.30pm 65
Cummings Room, City Hall Concert Hall, City Hall 1.30pm-2.30pm 71 1.30pm-3.00pm 76
$25 $15 Newcastle Museum The Playhouse, Hunter St
Free Session $25
The Ties That Bind The People vs
Mark Brandi, Trent Dalton and The Banks UNDERWORLD Penned Pals
Emily O’Grady explore how the The banking royal commission Crime at the Museum D Piper,
Tony Doherty and Ailsa
past shapes the present in their put the financial sector on trial
A Shrink in the Clink LE
authors of TheLAttachment,
coming-of-age novels. and exposed its self-interest, CE favourite
celebrate their
Host / Magdalena Ball corruption and excess. What Criminal psychologist Tim
Watson-Munro gets into the
C surprising, tender and
next for Australians and our in this
banks? minds of Australia’s worst sometimes hilarious charmer
10.00am-11.00am 60 offenders, but at what cost? of a performance.
Michael Roddan in conversation
Hunter Room, City Hall Host / Paul Scott
with Justin O’Brien.
1.30pm-2.30pm 77
Country Roads 11.30am-12.30pm 66 1.30pm-2.30pm 72 The Marquee, Wheeler Place
Rosalie Ham, Holly Throsby and Hunter Room, City Hall Mulubinba Room, City Hall Free session
Christian White discuss the big $15 Free session
drama of small towns .
2001: The Year
Why Women’s BOOK LAUNCH Everything Changed
Host / Meredith Jaffé
Stories Matter Celebrate the launch of To End The 9/11 tragedy, Tampa crisis
all Wars, a collection marking and the launch of the iPod:
10.00am-11.00am 61 With Clementine Ford, Kate Lilley the centenary of the World War
and Alison Whittaker. Phillipa McGuinness considers
The Playhouse, Hunter St I Armistice and featuring work the reverberations of this
Adult $15 Host / Trisha Pender by some of Australasia’s leading linchpin year.
You Daughters 11.30am-12.30pm With Dael Allison, Anna Couani,
Host / Felicity Biggins
of Freedom The Playhouse, Hunter St Kit Kelen and Les Wicks.
3.00pm-4.00pm 78
Clare Wright discusses the $15 Includes readings.
Australians who won the vote Mulubinba Room, City Hall
and inspired the world. The Crappiest Refugee Free session
1.30pm-2.30pm 73
Hung Le escaped the Vietnam
Host / Nancy Cushing
war in a leaky prawn trawler as Cummings Room, City Hall The Good Life
a child and became the “world’s $15 Todd Alexander abandoned the
10.00am-11.00am 62 first, best and tallest Vietnamese Sydney high life and together
The Marquee, Wheeler Place Is Our School System with his partner decided to start
Free session Broken? a vineyard in Hunter Valley. What
Host / Mandy Nolan
Schools are under increasing could possibly go wrong?
Welcome to the Future funding constraints and face Host / Paul Bevan
What will the world be like in 50 11.30am-12.30pm 68 mounting pressure to achieve
years and beyond? Ellen Broad Newcastle Museum better outcomes for more 3.00pm-4.15pm 79
and Lisa Harvey-Smith explore Free Session students. Mark Scott and Gabbie
the impact of technology and Concert Hall, City Hall
UNDERWORLD Stroud look to the future.
new ideas on how – and where – $25
we will live. Crime at the Museum Host / John Fischetti
Shine it Up
Host / Christina Gerakiteys Unlocking the Puzzle
1.30pm-2.30pm 74 Jackie Gillies is a successful
Barry Maitland discusses his businesswoman and TV identity,
new mystery The Promised
Concert Hall, City Hall
10.00am-11.00am 63
$25 but spirituality has also played
Newcastle Museum Land with Jaye Ford. a significant role in her life. She
Free session Face to Face shares her journey.
UNDERWORLD 11.30am-12.45pm 69 An effective interview challenges
The Marquee, Wheeler Place and illuminates, but what are the 3.00pm-4.00pm 80
Crime at the Museum
Free event secrets to its success? Hunter Room, City Hall
The Story of a Fire: LAUNCH With Trent Dalton, Chloe Hooper $25
Inside the mind of an D
and Kerry O’Brien.
Girls on Key Press presents The Tattooist
arsonist. the launch of The Interstate Host / Rosemarie Milsom
Women’s Poetry Series. Hear N
Chloe Hooper in conversation from poets about connecting CAMorris talks to Suzanne
with Geordie Williamson. with their inner and outer states. Leal about the remarkable true
Readings by Sarah Crane, Jan story of Lale Sokolov’s time at
Dean, Gabrielle Everall, Eliana Auschwitz and the passion he
Gray, Dominique Hecq, Gail and Gita shared amid one of the
Hennessy. most brutal episodes in modern
Hosts / Magdalena Ball and
Anna Forsyth

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The Marquee, Wheeler Place
Free Event

World Hurl
Everyone is welcome to
participate. Anti-slam has no

rules and is a reaction to the
competitive nature of slam
poetry. Performances can take
any form.
Registration from 2.30pm
at the marquee.

3.00pm-4.00pm 82
Cummings Room, City Hall
$15 10am to 11am 84
Troll Hunting Concert Hall, City Hall
Investigative journalist Ginger
Gorman takes us inside the Tickets - Adult $25, Child/concession $15, Family $60
world of online hate and its far-
reaching fallout. Animal Tales
The Newcastle Wind Orchestra and Newcastle Writers Festival
Host / Jane Caro
present Animal Tales. The Pied Piper of Hamelin will be
presented alongside Henry Lawson’s classic The Loaded Dog.
3.30pm-4.30pm 83
The Playhouse
11am to 1pm
How to Change
the World Newcastle Region Library
The Founder of 1 Million Women, All events are free
Natalie Isaacs, talks to Christina
Gerakiteys about harnessing Lovett Gallery
passion, power and politics to
create a better future. 11am-11.45am 85
Celebrate the launch of Katrina McKelvey’s new book Up to
Something, which is illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan. There will
be fun and games.
Festival Illustrator Battle 86
After Party Liz Anelli, Serena Geddes and Gwynneth Jones go head
to head. Who will win this battle of drawing talent?
Children’s Room - Ground Floor
Poetry at the Pub
Storytime Readings 87
11.00am Deborah Kelly
From 7.30pm 11.25am Ant Wood
Wickham Park Hotel
Free event 11.50am Meredith Jaffé
Celebrate the end of 12.15pm Zanni Louise
another fantastic festival
weekend with special Ground Floor
guests Kate Lilley and 11.00am-11.30am 88
Alison Whittaker. Join Indigenous performer Lucas Proudfoot
as he spins a yarn and plays music.
12.00pm-12.45pm 89
Celebrate the launch of Paul Russell’s new book
The Incurable Imagination, which is illustrated
by Aska. There will be activities, readings and lots of fun.
A performance by Newcastle Youth Orchestra Kids.

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SESSION TIMES 8.00am 9.00am 9.30am 10.00am 10.30am 11.00am 11.30am 12.00pm 12.30pm 1.00pm 1.30pm 2.00pm 2.30

Mulubinba Room The Year of the

Making a Book The Borderland
City Hall Farmer

A New Taste
Cummings Room
Running Writing Lives Erased of Hunter
City Hall Wine History
Living with NWF Joanne Burns
Hunter Room Conversations
Intelligent Microlit Award
City Hall Machines
with the Past

Concert Hall The Powers

Far From Home Blood and Dust
City Hall That Be

The Playhouse Stories of

The Thrill of It Sign of the Times
Hunter Street Resilience

The Marquee Identity and

The Good Fight Beyond the Surface
Wheeler Place the Body

Newcastle Region Archives Archives

Library Tour Tour

Making the most of

Newcastle Region
Newcastle Library
Library - Lovett Gallery archives

Eastlakes U3A Zeny Giles
The Press Book House Poets Breakfast Ball BOOK

Newcastle Museum

Newcastle Diggers
Bush Poets Lunch
175 Scott Street

Cessnock Performing
Arts Centre

Harold Lobb Concert Hall

Conservatorium of Music

SESSION TIMES 10.00am 10.30am 11.00am 11.30am 12.00pm 12.30pm 1.00pm 1.30pm 2.00pm 2.30pm 3.00pm 3.30pm

Mulubinba Room One Hundred To End all Wars

On Location The Good Life
City Hall Years of Dirt BOOK LAUNCH

Cummings Room LLE D Is Our School

City Hall
The Ties That Bind
CANCE of Love
The Power
System Broken?
Troll Hunting

Hunter Room Why Women’s Accidental LLED

The Tattooist of
City Hall
Country Roads
Stories Matter Feminists ANCE

Concert Hall Newcastle Wind The People vs

Face to Face Shine it Up
City Hall Orchestra performs The Banks

The Playhouse You Daughters The Crappiest L

ELPals ED How t
Hunter Street of Freedom Refugee the

The Marquee Welcome to Girls on Key Press 2001: The Year World Hurl
Wheeler Place the Future LAUNCH Everything Changed Anti-Slam

Newcastle Region

Newcastle Museum Unlocking A Shrink in

The Story of a Fire
Crime at the Museum the Puzzle the Clink

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Disruption and

Writing Women in When Galaxies

the Wake of #metoo Collide

Truth in Memoir Classroom Struggle

The Best Medicine Behind the News Boys Will Be Boys

A Dark Inheritance Newcastle Sonnets Queerstories
the Past

Radical Acts
The Right Note
of Empathy

Flying Juan Garrido-

Home Grown Salgado

UNDERWORLD - 1920s-inspired event with music, fancy dress.

Secrets and Lies

Women Like Us: The Show

m 4.00pm 4.30pm

In person // MacLean’s Booksellers, 69 Beaumont Street, Hamilton
By phone // (02) 4969 2525
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to Change Festival Weekend Box Office // Located in Civic Theatre foyer
e World

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Stephen Adams Meera Atkinson Bleck Ron Brown

Stephen Adams is a composer, Meera Atkinson is a Sydney-based Bleck is an emerging Ron Brown is a founding member
voice and sound artist, and writer whose most recent book multidisciplinary creative of the Hunter Bush Poets, which
producer.  Traumata deals with issues of our interested in designing immersive was established in 1997 and has
Session 30 time – intergenerational trauma, performance art that incorporates since merged with the Newcastle
family violence, alcoholism and film, dance, technology, fashion Hunter Valley Folk Club.
Claire Albrecht addiction, and child abuse. and sound. Session 12
Claire Albrecht is a poet and PhD Session 5, 34 Session 35
candidate at the University of Jane Caro
Newcastle. Magdalena Ball Rod Bower Jane Caro is an author, novelist,
Session 27, 44 Magdalena Ball is a novelist, poet, Rod Bower is Archdeacon broadcaster, columnist,
reviewer and interviewer, and is for Justice in the Diocese of advertising writer and social
Todd Alexander the managing editor of the book Newcastle and an ambassador commentator. Her most recent
Hunter Valley writer Todd review site, Compulsive Reader. for the Refugee Council. He is the book is Accidental Feminists.
Alexander’s most recent book is Session 25, 36, 37, 59, 69 author of Outspoken. Session 47, 75, 82
Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine Session 26, 50
and a Peg Called Helga. Jessi Ballard Carl Caulfield
Session 78 Jessi Ballard is a Port Stephens- Mark Brandi Carl Caulfield is a playwright,
based singer, songwriter and Mark Brandi’s bestselling actor, director and lecturer.
Dael Allison guitarist who started singing at novel, Wimmera, won the coveted His most recent play, Dali:
Dael Allison is a local writer and age seven. British Crime Writers’ Association Hallucinogenic Toreador, will
PhD candidate in creative writing Session 43 Debut Dagger, and was named be at the Civic Playhouse in
at the University of Newcastle. Best Debut at the 2018 Australian November.
Session 29, 43, 72 Morgan Bell Indie Book Awards. Session 2
Jacqueline Amidy Morgan Bell is a Port Stephens Session 33, 59
author of short fiction and a Jessie Cole
Jacqueline Amidy has extensive Ellen Briggs Jessie Cole’s memoir Staying was
experience as a performer, creative writing teacher.
Session 43 Ellen Briggs is a master comedy shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian
musical director and composer. storyteller. Her comedy is real, Premier’s Literary Award for Non-
She has released four original James Bennett relatable, raw, insightful and most fiction.
albums. James Bennett is an historian of all hilarious. Session 41, 64
Session 54 at the University of Newcastle Session 40, 56
whose research interests include Claire G Coleman
Liz Anelli Ellen Broad Claire G Coleman is a Wirlomin
Liz Anelli is an English-born, transnational and comparative
histories, medicine and sexuality, Ellen Broad is an independent Noongar woman from Western
Newcastle-based illustrator who consultant and expert in data Australia. Her debut novel Terra
has created children’s books for and World War I.
Session 23 sharing, open data and AI ethics. Nullius was shortlisted for the
Walker Books, Penguin Random Session 17, 62 Stella Prize and the Aurealis Award
House and EK Books. Paul Bevan for a science fiction novel.
Session 85 Paul Bevan is a radio broadcaster Chris Brown Session 49, 57
and singer. He recently retired as Chris Brown is a teacher and poet
Joanne Atherfold Finn living in Newcastle. Anna Couani
Port Stephens writer Joanna presenter of ABC Newcastle Drive.
Session 48, 78 Session 44 Anna Couani is a Sydney writer
Atherfold Finn’s debut book, and visual artist who runs The
Watermark, was published in Felicity Biggins Lachlan Brown Shop Gallery in Glebe.
2018. Felicity Biggins is a lecturer Lachlan Brown writes poetry, Session 72
Session 43 in communications at the lives in Wagga Wagga, and
University of Newcastle and with teaches literature at Charles Sturt Dan Cox
Cassandra Atherton University. Dan Cox co-hosts Breakfast
Cassandra Atherton is an award- her husband, playwright Carl
Caulfield, she runs a small theatre Session 15 on ABC Newcastle with Jenny
winning writer, academic and Marchant.
critic. company called Stray Dogs.
Session 24, 77 Session 11, 26
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Jen Craig Tony Doherty Kait Fenwick Juan Garrido-Salgado
Jen Craig has recently completed Throughout his 50-plus years as Kait Fenwick is a published poet Juan Garrido-Salgado immigrated
a creative PhD on the relationship a priest Tony Doherty has written and essayist living on Awabakal to Australia from Chile in 1990,
between transgenerational and published widely. He is the country. Their work explores fleeing the regime that burned
trauma and writing in the field co-author with Ailsa Piper of The gender variance, queerness his poetry and imprisoned and
of eating disorders at the Writing Attachment: Letters from a Most and identity. tortured him for his political
and Society Research Centre, Unlikely Friendship. Session 44, 57 activism.
Western Sydney University. Session 76 Session 51
Session 30 John Fischetti
Jill Emberson John Fischetti is the Dean of Serena Geddes
Sarah Crane For her contribution to journalism Education and Head of School at Serena Geddes is a Melbourne-
Sara Crane is a Port Macquarie and ovarian cancer research the University of Newcastle. based illustrator who is known
poet and writer. advocacy, Jill Emberson is Session 73 for her Lulu Bell series.
Session 69 Newcastle Citizen of the Year Session 85
2019. She founded the podcasts Clementine Ford
Ivan Crozier Meet the Mob and Still Jill and Clementine Ford is a freelance Danny Gentile
Ivan Crozier is a historian of is currently reporting for ABC writer, broadcaster and public Danny Gentile is a Newcastle-
psychiatry, sexuality and the body. Newcastle. speaker. Her most recent book is based poet whose work has
He is currently a conjoint professor Session 16 Boys Will Be Boys. been published in journals and
in Humanities and Social Sciences Session 53, 66 anthologies. 
at the University of Newcastle. Jessi England Session 37
Session 23 Jessi England is the director of Jaye Ford
The Lock-Up, a multi-disciplinary Jaye Ford is a bestselling suspense Christina Gerakiteys
Nancy Cushing contemporary arts space and author who also publishes rom- Christina Gerakiteys is a creativity
Nancy Cushing is an creative hub in Newcastle. com novels as Janette Paul. and innovation catalyst. Her
environmental historian based at Sessions 35 Session 33, 68 purpose is to inspire impossible to
the University of Newcastle. possible.
Session 7, 13, 61 Gabrielle Everall Anna Forsyth Session 62, 83
Gabrielle Everall has been Anna Forsyth is an editor and
Trent Dalton published in numerous writer originally from New John Germov
Trent Dalton is an award-winning anthologies including The Zealand now living in Newcastle, John Germov, a professor of
staff writer for the Weekend Penguin Anthology of Australian and is the founder of Girls on Key sociology, is Provost and Deputy
Australian Magazine. His debut Poetry. Press. Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at
novel is the critically acclaimed Session 69 Session 69 Charles Sturt University.
and bestselling Boy Swallows Session 32
Universe. Christine Everingham Stephen Gapps
Session 42, 59, 74 Christine Everingham is a retired Stephen Gapps is currently Zeny Giles
academic and a published author. leading the development of a Zeny Giles’ novel Her Mother
Jan Dean She is a long-term resident new permanent gallery display at Tongue is the third instalment
Jan Dean was the first female of Newcastle East and active the Australian National Maritime in her Castellorizo triology and
president of Newcastle Poetry member of the residents’ group. Museum that explores deep time, continues her quirky look at
at the Pub and has writing Session 19 environmental and Indigenous marriage.
credits in a number of journals histories. Session 29
and Newcastle Poetry Prize Bastian Fox Phelan Session 7
anthologies. Bastian Fox Phelan is a writer, Jackie Gillies
Session 69 musician and zinemaker. They Pam Garfoot Jackie Gillies is a businesswoman,
recently completed a literary Pam Garfoot is a former librarian TV identity and psychic medium.
Rakini Devi memoir about female facial hair. who is currently working currently Her debut book Shine it Up is
Rakini Devi is a Sydney-based Session 57 working on a second history book. published by Hachette.
multidisciplinary performance Session 14 Session 79
artist whose practice-led research
integrates both Indian and
western performance techniques.
Session 35


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Keri Glastonbury Gail Hennessy Marguerite Johnson Minerva Khodabande

Keri Glastonbury is a senior Gail Hennessy has been published Marguerite Johnson is Professor of Minerva Khodabande is an
lecturer in creative writing at the widely in newspapers, literary Classics at The University of accomplished cellist and vocalist
University of Newcastle, poet and supplements, journals and Newcastle. Session 24
essayist. Her poetry collection anthologies. Session 23
Newcastle Sonnets was published Session 69 Tony Lang
by Giramondo in 2018. Gwynneth Jones Tony Lang is a retired Presbyterian
Session 15, 54 Tanya Hennessy Gwynneth Jones is a Hunter minister who has self-published
Tanya Hennessy is a radio Region illustrator of children’s several humorous books.
Ginger Gormon announcer, comedian, TV books. Session 14
Ginger Gorman is an award- presenter and content creator and Session 86
winning social justice journalist can be heard nationally on HIT FM
Hung Le
who is in demand as an expert on network. Kon Karapanagiotidis  Hung Le is a successful comedian.
Session 40 Kon Karapanagiotidis is the CEO His memoir The Crappiest
online hate. She has written and
and founder of the Asylum Seeker Refugee was published in 2018.
spoken extensively about trolling
and social media self defence.
Kathryn Heyman Resource Centre. His memoir, The Session 40, 67
Kathryn Heyman is the author Power of Hope, was published in
Session 82
of six novels and several plays 2018. 
Suzanne Leal
She is the senior judge for the
Eliana Gray for radio and stage. She is the Session 24, 50
2019 NSW Premier’s Literary
Eliana Gray is an award-winning director of the Australian Writers
poet working from Aotearoa. They Mentoring Program.  Barbara Kathner Awards. Her most recent novel is
Session 6 Barbara Kathner has spent The Teacher’s Secret.
have represented Otago at the
most of her life in education. Session 38, 80
National Poetry Slam and their
Chloe Hooper After retirement she joined the
most recent collection is Eager to
Chloe Hooper is the award- management committee of
Tom Lee
Break. Tom Lee lectures in the School
winning author of The Tall Man: Eastlakes U3A.
Session 69 of Design at the University of
Death and Life on Palm Island, Session 20
Technology Sydney. His debut
Rosalie Ham The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire and
Rosalie Ham is the author of three two novels. Kit Kelen novel is Coach Fitz.
Session 31, 63, 74 Kit Kelen’s latest volume Session 15
books, including The Dressmaker,
of poems is Scavengers’
now an award-winning film.
Jane Hutcheon Season – Hardanger Poems,
Kate Lilley
Session 22, 60 Kate Lilley a poet, an associate
Jane Hutcheon hosts One Plus published by UWAP in 2018.
professor in the University of
Chris Hammer One on ABC TV and is the author Session 36, 37, 72
Sydney’s English Department,
Chris Hammer was a journalist of two non-fiction books, China
for more than 30 years. His debut Baby Love, and From Rice to Deborah Kelly and a widely published scholar of
Riches. Deborah Kelly has written queer, feminist textual history and
novel, Scrublands, was published
Session 11 picture books, junior fiction and theory.
in 2018.
educational material for children. Session 39, 66, 90
Session 33, 38 Natalie Isaacs Session 87
Lisa Harvey-Smith Natalie Isaacs is the founder and Caro Llewellyn
Lisa Harvey-Smith is an CEO of 1 Million Women, a global Ray Kelly Snr Caro Llewellyn is the author of
movement of women and girls Ray Kelly Snr is an Indigenous three previous works of nonfiction.
astronomer at the CSIRO who
who take practical action to fight cultural and language expert, Diving into Glass is her first work
studies the birth and death of
climate change. writer and University of Newcastle of autobiography.
stars and the properties of
Session 83 academic. Session 35, 41
super-massive black holes.
Session 51
Session 46, 62 Meredith Jaffé Kirrili Lonergan
Meredith Jaffé is a writer and Kirrili Lonergan is a Newcastle
Dominique Hecq picture book illustrator and art
Dominique Hecq’s works include occasional book critic. Her most
recent novel is The Making of therapist.
a novel, three collections of short
Christina. Session 85
stories, six books of poetry and
two plays. Session 22, 60, 75, 87
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Zanni Louise Phillipa McGuinness Heather Morris Kerry O’Brien

Zanni Louise has published Phillipa McGuinness is an Heather Morris’s best-selling In a 50-year career, six-time
several picture books with award- acclaimed non-fiction publisher, debut novel, The Tattooist Walkley Award-winning journalist
winning illustrators. She has a editor and author. Her most of Auschwitz, centres on the Kerry O’Brien has worked for
six-book series called Tiggy and recent book is The Year That incredible story of Auschwitz- newspapers, television and
the Magic Paintbrush. Everything Changed: 2001. Birkenau survivor Lale Sokolov wire service, and as a foreign
Session 87 Session 77 and the woman he loved. correspondent.
Session 25, 34, 80 Session 48, 74
Peter Mace Julie McIntyre
Peter Mace has appeared in Julie McIntyre is a senior lecturer Rick Morton Emily O’Grady
folk and country music festivals in history, University of Newcastle. Rick Morton is an award-winning Emily O’Grady’s critically
and was Australian Bush Poetry Her most recent book is Hunter journalist and social affairs writer acclaimed first novel The Yellow
Champion in 2012.  Wine: A History, co-authored with for The Australian. House won The Australian-Vogel
Session 21 John Germov.  Session 34, 41, 58 Literary Award in 2018.
Session 28, 32, 49 Anisa Nandaula Session 42, 59
Barry Maitland
Barry Maitland has published Katrina McKelvey Anisa Nandaula is a runner-up Trisha Pender
13 novels, including the Belltree Katrina McKelvey is a Newcastle Australian Poetry Slam champion
Trisha Pender is an associate
Trilogy. His most recent book is children’s author whose most and her debut poetry collection,
professor of English and Writing
The Promised Land. recent book, Up to Something, Melanin Garden, was published
at the University of Newcastle.
Session 55, 68 will be launched at the Newcastle in 2018.
Session 39, 66
Writers Festival. Session 27, 50
Jenny Marchant Session 85 Richard Neville Victoria Pham
Jenny Marchant co-hosts Victoria Pham is t​ he co-artistic
Richard Neville is the Mitchell
Breakfast on ABC Newcastle each Barney Miller Librarian and Director of
director and co-founder of
weekday with Dan Cox. In 1999, promising surfer Barney experimental music art-sound
Education and Scholarship at the
Session 70 Miller became a quadriplegic after collective Sonant Bodies.
State Library of NSW.
a car accident. He co-wrote his Session 30
Maeve Marsden first book, The Essence of You and
Session 7
Maeve Marsden is a writer, Me, with wife Kada. Mandy Nolan Tamson Pietsch
producer and performer who Session 70 Mandy Nolan has been a stand-up Tamson Pietsch is director of
creates theatre, cabaret and comedian for more than 30 years, the Australian Centre for Public
storytelling events. Kada Miller is the author of four books, and a History at UTS and host of the
Session 57 Kada Miller is a singer-songwriter regular columnist for Mamamia History Lab podcast.
and co-author with husband Barney Session 7
Conor McCarthy of The Essence of You and Me.
and Byron Echo.
Conor McCarthy has written books Session 70
Session 56, 67 Ailsa Piper
and essays on medieval literature Greg North Ailsa Piper is a writer, director,
and contemporary Irish poetry. Nick Milligan Greg North has been successful performer, teacher and speaker.
Session 64 Nick Milligan is a Newcastle-based in many performance poetry Her most recent book, The
entertainment journalist, author competitions and is a three-time Attachment: Letters From a
Jane McCredie and podcaster. Most Unlikely Friendship, was co-
Australian Bush Poetry Champion.
Jane McCredie is an award- Session 1, 43 written with Tony Doherty.
winning writer and journalist and Session 21
Session 3, 18, 41, 76
the director of the NSW Writers’ Rosemarie Milsom Justin O’Brien
Centre. Rosemarie Milsom is the founding Professor Justin O’Brien is Bram Presser
Session 17, 46 director of the Newcastle Writers a former BBC investigative Bram’s debut novel The Book of
Festival. journalist and one of the foremost Dirt was awarded three prizes
Cassie McCullagh Session 74 in the NSW Premier’s Literary
scholars of financial regulation.
Cassie McCullagh presents Awards, including The Christina
Session 45, 65
Focus on ABC Radio Sydney on Jan Mitchell Stead Prize for Fiction.
weekdays at 10am and is also Jan Mitchell is the author of a Session 25, 31
co-host of The Bookshelf on Radio three-volume memoir and a
National. biography of Colin Kerby OAM.
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Lucas Proudfoot Paul Scott Gillian Triggs Christian White
Lucas Proudfoot is a member of Paul Scott is a lecturer in the Gillian Triggs served as president Christian White is an Australian
the Tweed Coast Bundjalung/ School of Design, Communication of the Australian Human Rights author and screenwriter whose
South Sea Islander community and Information Technology Commission from 2012 to 2017. debut novel, The Nowhere Child,
and an award-winning songwriter at the University of Newcastle. She is currently a Vice-Chancellor's became an instant bestseller
and musician. Session 19, 71 Fellow at the University of when it was published in 2018.
Session 88 Melbourne and chair of Justice Session 42, 60
Jock Serong Connect.
Ben Quilty Jock Serong’s books include The Session 11, 16 Alison Whittaker
Ben Quilty is an Australian artist Rules of Backyard Cricket, On the Alison Whittaker is an award-
and social commentator. He is Java Ridge and Preservation. Saba Vasefi winning Gomeroi writer from
the editor of Home: Drawings by Session 31, 49, 64 Saba Vasefi is an award-winning Gunnedah. Her second poetry
Syrian Children. artist, filmmaker and poet who collection, Blakwork, was
Session 11 Richard Short writes for Guardian Australia about published by Magabala Books
Richard Short is storyteller-in-chief women and children’s issues in in 2018.
Michael Robotham at Story Factory in Sydney where the Nauru detention centre. Session 27, 66, 90
Michael Robotham’s psychological he leads workshops with school Session 24
thrillers have been translated into students and teachers. Les Wicks
25 languages and sold more than Session 9 Paul van Reyk Les Wicks has toured widely
six million copies worldwide. Paul van Reyk has been an activist and his poetry is published
Session 18, 55 Kerri Shying for four decades. He has written internationally.
Kerri Shying is a Newcastle poet about gay and HIV/AIDS history, Session 8, 72
Michael Roddan of Chinese/Australian/Wiraduri racism in the gay community and
Michael Roddan is a finance family and her latest book is a LGBTQI families. Joe Williams
journalist with The Australian and chapbook Elevensies with Slow Session 57 Joe Williams is a proud Wiradjuri
author of the People vs The Banks. Loris. First Nations Aboriginal man and
Session 65 Session 37, 44 Anthony Venn-Brown mental health advocate. His debut
Anthony Venn-Brown’s book, The Enemy Within, was
Paul Russell Annabel Smith autobiography, A Life of published in 2018.
Paul Russell is the author of a Annabel Smith’s novels include Unlearning, details his 22-year Session 11
series of fantasy books for upper Whisky & Charlie, and digital struggle through gay conversion
primary-aged children set in the interactive app The Ark. therapy, exorcisms and marriage. Geordie Williamson
magical world Eos. Session 10, 34, 50 Session 23, 57 Geordie Williamson is writer,
Session 89 literary critic and publisher.
Beth Spencer Linda Visman He is editor of Best Australian
Sue Ryan Beth Spencer is an award-winning Linda Visman is a former primary Essays and Island magazine. 
Sue Ryan is the Local History author of poetry, fiction and school principal and has self- Session 31, 42, 63
Coordinator at Newcastle Region essays. published two novels.
Library. Session 37 Session 14 Ant Wood
Session 13, 28 Ant Wood is the author of the
Gabbie Stroud Sandi Wallace Charli series of children’s picture
Michael Sala Gabrielle Stroud was a primary books. 
Michael Sala is an author and school teacher from 1999 to 2015. Sandi Wallace is a life-long crime-
fiction addict and the author of Session 87
creative writing lecturer at the Her most recent book is Teacher:
University of Newcastle. One Woman’s Struggle to Keep rural crime thrillers and short Clare Wright
Session 15 the Heart in Teaching. stories. Clare Wright is an award-winning
Session 47, 73 Session 4, 33 historian and author. Her most
Amy Sambrooke recent book is You Daughters of
Amy Sambrooke is creative Holly Throsby Tim Watson-Munro 
Criminal psychologist ‘Doc’ Freedom: The Australians who
director of Varuna, the National Holly Throsby is a Sydney Won the Vote and Inspired the
Writers’ House, and the Blue songwriter, musician and novelist. Tim Watson-Munro has given
evidence in some of Australia’s World.
Mountains Writers’ Festival. Session 38, 60 Session 49, 61
Session 40, 53 most controversial court cases.
Session 71 Ed Wright
Mark Scott Ed Wright is an author, literary
Mark Scott is the secretary of the John Watts
John Watts is a retired barrister critic, director of The Creative
NSW Department of Education Word Shop, and a commissioning
and has a distinguished record in and the author of The Town That
Said No to AGL: How Gloucester editor for Puncher & Wattmann.
public service and the media. Session 58
Session 45, 73 was Saved from Coal Seam Gas.
Session 19


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Roaring Twenties: Razors & Ratbags
Saturday 6 April, 2019
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IMAGE : Arthur Caddy, 6 March 1929. NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, Sydney Living Museums

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Text + Sound installations • Guitarpwriter
• Pavement Pages • StoryPostcards

features short-short texts by Australian authors
from Spineless Wonders’ latest microlit anthology,

Check out the Pavement Pages in Wheeler Place

and collect the set of eight free StoryPostcards.
Look out for busker, Richard Holt and his
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#storybombing – short Australian stories everywhere.

6 APRIL – 26 MAY 2019

Amrita Hepi, The Pace, 2018, 3-channel video installation,

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