20th Birthday Celebrations & Program Launches in Sydney and Melbourne

As we emerge from the chrysalis of our teenage years, join us in Sydney and Melbourne for a toast to the past, the present, to infinity and beyond!

Before the main event, we’re launching our teeming 2017 Program. Join our Co-Directors as they discuss highlights and explain everything that will be going down in Newcastle come festival time. Featuring special guests from past festivals, let’s get all blurry eyed talking about previous NYWF experiences. We invite all those who’ve participated in NYWF over the years, or who will do so for the first time in 2017, to gather, reminisce and plan for our future.

Sydney: CAKE WINES CELLAR DOOR – Tuesday September 5 at 6pm. More details here.

Melbourne: BELLA UNION – Sunday September 10 at 3pm. More details here.

We’re beyond thrilled that four NYWF favourites will be joining us in Sydney to share some their best memories and hopes for the future:

Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based TV screenwriter, newspaper columnist and the author of two books: The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). Both his books were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards, and The Family Law is now an AACTA-nominated SBS TV series. Benjamin was also an associate producer and researcher of the SBS feature documentary Deep Water: The Real Story, and is the author of the upcoming Quarterly Essay on Safe Schools: Moral Panic 101.

A.H. Cayley is a Sydney writer and broadcaster. She hosts the rugby league comedy talk show The Back Row on Triple M Sydney, and has previously hosted and produced shows on ABC Radio and FBi Radio, including the ABC’s Confession Booth podcast, based on her critically acclaimed live storytelling show of the same name. She has appeared at Sydney Writers’ Festival, Emerging Writer’s Festival, National Young Writers’ Festival, Underbelly Arts Festival and Women of Letters, and was writer-in-residence at Sydney Writers’ Festival 2015.

Lex Hirst is a commissioning editor at Penguin Random House, as well as a festival director and arts programmer driven by a love of great storytelling and exciting ideas. She is the curator of Junkee.com’s Junket unconference, a SAMAG Committee Member, and in 2014 and 2015 she co-directed the National Young Writers’ Festival.

Evelyn Araluen is a poet and educator working with Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney. She coordinates Black Rhymes Aboriginal Poetry Night in Redfern and is an organiser with Students Support Aboriginal Communities. Her writing has been published in Overland, Southerly, Cordite, and the Best Australian Poems 2016. She is the 2017 winner of the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers. Ancestrally Bundjalung, she was born and raised in Dharug country.

Watch this space and our Facebook as we announce our Melbourne speakers over the next few days!