The program for the 8th Newcastle Writers Festival, to be held from April 3 to 5, 2020, is now available. Catherine Henry Lawyers supports the Newcastle Writers Festival each year and Principal, Catherine Henry, attended the Festival program launch with other sponsors on February 20.
This year’s festival features 160 writers. Six international guests are also appearing – five New Zealand writers, including acclaimed poet Hera Lindsay Bird, and US-based Australian geneticist David Sinclair, author of the bestseller, Lifespan: Why we age – and why we don’t have to. Other guests include Behrouz Boochani, Tim Costello, Sophie Cunningham, Tim Flannery, Helen Garner, Favel Parrett, Kate McClymont and Charlotte Wood.
The program explores lessons in leadership, climate change, trust, tribalism, women’s rage, resilience, and the role of artists in a crisis. There will also be poetry, a discussion about the power of the ocean on the creative process, a tribute to Les Murray, and performances from Archie Roach and Clare Bowditch.
You can download the program from the festival website and you can request a hard copy via the website. Copies can also be collected from Hunter region libraries and MacLean’s Booksellers, 69 Beaumont Street, Hamilton.
How to book tickets for the Newcastle Writers Festival?
Buy tickets online via Trybooking or over the counter at MacLean’s Booksellers, 69 Beaumont Street, Hamilton. You can also phone MacLean’s (02) 4969 2525. Tickets bought at MacLean’s attract an additional $1 fee. The advertised ticket price does not include the Trybooking service fee of 50 cents. Free sessions do not require bookings.
Volunteer for the Newcastle Writers Festival?
Are you interested in offering some of your time to help present a fantastic festival? We are seeking people to join our dedicated team of friendly volunteers. Each year, 160 volunteers support the program in a range of roles – from answering questions about the program to checking tickets. We couldn’t do it without you. Registrations close March 15.
About the Newcastle Writers Festival
The inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival was held in 2013. More than 70 writers participated in 38 sessions. In 2014, the festival was enhanced by the addition of a popular children’s program. More than 100 writers participated in the extended festival and more than 6500 people attended the event, from preschoolers to adults. The 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 festivals were bigger and better still.
Catherine Henry Lawyers’ community support
At Catherine Henry Lawyers we are about using the law to help people and community. We also support community groups and community initiatives where we operate. As well as the Newcastle Writers Festival, we support the Equal Futures Project International Women’s Day breakfast each year. This year we have become a Founding Ambassador for the newly renovated Victoria Theatre in Newcastle. The Vic is the oldest surviving heritage theatre building in NSW. Preserving heritage and encouraging the arts is essential for thriving communities.
Our lawyers are all active contributors to their local community and we also support and fundraise for a number of women’s health causes including Pink Meets Teal and the Cancer Council. Read more about our community support here.