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New 2021 Dates Announced for NWF

Newcastle Writer's Festival is excited to announce new dates for next year: 24 to 26 September. The ninth event will run alongside the first weekend of City of Newcastle’s New Annual arts festival, offering audiences a jam-packed cultural program.

Festival director Rosemarie Milsom says the move is essential to alleviate uncertainty about live events and to enable planning for a comprehensive in-venue program featuring writers from across Australia. Some digital sessions will be included and international writers will appear.

“As one of Australia’s first large-scale arts events to cancel because of Covid this year, we were very keen to avoid a repeat. While our rapid pivot to a smaller online program in April was rewarding, it didn’t replace the magic of being in the same room with wonderful writers and fellow book-lovers. I know I’m not the only person who is eagerly awaiting the return of festivals and I'm looking forward to reuniting with our loyal audience.”

The 2021 program will be launched on 13 August.

State government funding confirmed

Create NSW confirmed this week that it will continue as the festival's core funder with support of $70,000. The vital program funding will enable the festival to present the following:

  • Stories to You podcast series

  • Emerging writers program

  • Appointment of three guest curators 2021 festival

2021 Patrick White Oration

Scone Literary Festival has announced that former governor-general, Sir Peter Cosgrove, will deliver the next Patrick White Oration on 13 March at 5.30pm. The event celebrates the work of Patrick White, Australia’s only Nobel Laureate for Literature, and recognises Scone’s strong literary heritage.

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