First held in 2013, the annual Newcastle Writers Festival has grown bigger each year. It now draws writers of all ages from far and wide to participate in a range of writing-themed activities and events.
The Festival provides you with the priceless opportunity to hear tips and inside stories from successful authors via presentations, panel discussions and literary lunches or breakfasts.
Several awards are also presented at the Festival. You will also be able to attend numerous book launches by established authors. Best of all, many of the sessions are free and they’re sure to provide you with thought-provoking ideas that you can use in your own writing. There’s also a popular children’s program to encourage the next generation of budding writers. There’s something for everybody with a wide variety of writing genres featured in the Festival’s multiple sessions. Peruse the festival program and you’ll be sure to find plenty of options available.
Festival events are spread across major venues in Newcastle like City Hall, the Museum, the University, the Civic Theatre and popular local eateries. Most venues are in close proximity to each other. Parking availability and fees in the city centre are reasonable, but you can also walk, cycle or catch public transport. A wide variety of accommodation options are also available to make your Newcastle stay enjoyable.
Newcastle is about a 2 hour and 15-minute drive north of the Sydney CBD. It also has its own airport if you need to get there quickly or if you’re travelling from further away. Newcastle is also well-serviced by public transport, so you can catch a bus or train there if necessary.