You read that right,following the success of last year’s fantastic Newcastle Writer’s Festival, the festival is back again for another year bigger and brighter than ever before.
Tonight marked the official opening on the adult’s festival (the kids program has been running all week and we learnt tonight that over 2000 kids attended!) with the fabulous Wendy Harmer opening the festival at the University of Newcastle’s (UoN) Conservatory of Music earlier tonight. Wendy, no stranger to the lime light and entertainment, kept the audience (myself included) in stitches as she spoke freely about her love of the written word, women in general, and how fabulously underrated ‘chick lit’ and ‘hens lit’ is. It was a fantastic night and one I’m glad to have been a part of. Wendy also read to us her article that is set to be in tomorrow (Saturday 5th April) Sydney Morning Herald where she professes her love for writers festival as they soothe the soul. Earlier in the evening we also heard from Professor Caroline McMillen, Vice Chancellor of UoN spoke briefly about the importance of such festivals by confessing that they (writing festivals) were “binge’s for the creative mind” as “reading is something that never leaves the DNA”.
All in all a great night was had by all, and I plan to talk about this night in particular in a future post, one where I’m potentially not so exhausted at the time of writing.
So if you happen to be in Newcastle this weekend, do yourself a favour and head in to City Hall and listen to the vast number of inspiring authors, journalists and poets that will be talking over the course of the weekend. The topics covered are vast, and you are just about guaranteed to find something for everyone (that said I will warn you the romantic genre is not greatly represented this year). Some events are ticketed – but you can purchase tickets at the door this year for an slightly higher price – but the majority of the festival is still free 🙂