This topic is a hard one to talk about. Not just because mental health and awareness is still a taboo subject, although I don’t think that it should be. If we talked about depression and suicide openly and without negative stereotypes, then maybe the number of suicides a year would drop. That is my goal. This topic is a hard one to talk about, because it hits so close to home for me. But that’s why I have to include it.Read More
The Newcastle Writers Festival is happening 6th-8th April this year, and here's your chance to get involved! The perks of volunteering at the NWF is that you'll meet like-minded people, be able to attend free sessions, and get a free NWF t-shirt, all while giving your time to better the community of Newcastle.Read More
Budding Novocastrian performers are invited to recite, sing or scream their own work to a live audience as part of the Australian Poetry Slam 2017, a live literary performance program.Read More
When you think about the world of writing, names such as George R. R. Martin, J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien or E. L. James (the lady who wrote Fifty Shades of Grey) may come to mind. Considering half of those names are females, you may think women are represented pretty well in the writing industry, but that is not the case.Read More
Have you started noticing books wrapped in brown paper and tied with twine, sitting in your favourite local haunt around Newcastle? No, someone didn't accidentally leave it behind. It's been placed there just for you.Read More
Nick Milligan wrote one of the best books I've ever read, Enormity is this sci-fi tale that is as much about music and what might be... it's incredible and I am constantly telling people to read it.
So when Nick reached out to tell us he had a new book coming, well, we needed more info!
“Where were you on that day?” I was on the bus to school, same as ever. It was exceptionally wet and exceptionally slow and the aggregated body heat of fifty teenagers fogged the windows so I couldn't see much outside. Mum was in New Zealand that weekend because granddad was dying and Dad was at work. I sat in maths class in first period and tried to figure out how to solve quadratic equations. Later on that morning, I heard that a ship had run aground on Nobbys Beach.Read More
Finally, with this newfound appreciation has come a more existential concern. Did I back the wrong horse by leaving? How sure was I that my hometown could not give me what I wanted out of life?Read More
Shea Evans, a twenty-year-old Newcastle local, has sent in a satirical story on the origin of writing as invented by a Cro-Magnon man, who’s surrounded by a tribe that just doesn’t see his vision. Shea has lived in Newcastle for much of his life, leaving only briefly to travel Australia, Ireland and Vietnam and undertake a nine-month escapade with a travelling circus. He has been writing stories since age five.Read More
The fifth annual Newcastle Writers’ Festival gathered an impressive group of great individuals, with over 140 writers from all over Australia and a record-breaking number of 9000 participants.
By Alice ModzelewskaRead More