Thursday, September 29, 2016

Unload Creative’s Pop Up Performances

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ten local writers will pop up before events heralding you with their own brand of performance to warm up for the main show.

Base Camp: Day 1

Thursday, September 29, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Every awful icebreaker game you've ever played. Come prepared to feel uncomfortable.

Festival Game

Thursday, September 29, 2016
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

A festival-wide game that'll make you forget all about Pokemon Go! Get to know Newcastle in a way you never thought you would. Join in on Twitter: @play_get_lost

Page vs Stage

Thursday, September 29, 2016
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Poetry publishing is ailing while the popularity of slam and performance poetry is growing. Where will a young poet turn, the page or the stage?

Word Hurl Anti-Slam

Thursday, September 29, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A no rules open mic spoken word and poetry night. Anything can happen and hopefully will.

Heart Beats

Thursday, September 29, 2016
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The mixtape to end all mixtapes: four writers each play you a song and share their feelings about it.

Allowed on Timeline: A Slide Night

Thursday, September 29, 2016
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Five writers dig out their best snaps and pass them on, granting each other creative licence to re-imagine the image through storytelling.

Late Night Readings: The Minotaur Under My Bed

Thursday, September 29, 2016
10:30 pm - 12:00 am

The Late Night Readings are everyone's favourite NYWF institution! Pull up a bean bag and get cosy.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Younger Young Writers’ Program

YYWP

Friday, September 30, 2016
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

A day of workshops, discussions and fun for writers under 18.

Going Bust

Roundtable

Friday, September 30, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

No venture is ever ensured of success. But when the walls fall down around you, what happens next?

Anarchist Audience

Panel

Friday, September 30, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Writing a piece is only half the battle - once your work makes its way out into the world, there's no controlling what happens next.

New Media

Panel

Friday, September 30, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

An exploration of writing and technology, as well as other forms of storytelling in new media such as podcasting, video, images and online communities

#goals: Writing Practice

Roundtable

Friday, September 30, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

How do you stay motivated and set goals? What is everyone else's secret?

TiNA Talks: Art and the Environment

Panel

Friday, September 30, 2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Coffee and conversation about art. Facilitated by CTF, TiNA Talks feature artists from across the TiNA program presenting their ideas and leading informal discussions.

Better Together

In Conversation

Friday, September 30, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

More than the sum of their parts: two artistic collaborators discuss how and why they make work together, not apart.

Femme Fatales: Beauty, Fashion and Femininity Writing

Roundtable

Friday, September 30, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The value of writing about beauty, self-care and other 'femme' topics is often diminished. Come and discuss how to write about fashion and fabulousness.

Future of … Education

Panel

Friday, September 30, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We are the youth now, but what about the next lot?

Student Media Panel

Special Event

Friday, September 30, 2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A meeting of the nation's student media to discuss everything from digital journalism to how Australian students shape the media scene.

Writerly Landscapes

Panel

Friday, September 30, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Writers discuss 'place' as the starting point for narrative.

Poetry Lunch

Reading

Friday, September 30, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Grab a bite to eat. Listen to some poets speak.

Shorthand Workshop

Workshop

Friday, September 30, 2016
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Teeline: sounds like somewhere to hang your clothes but is actually a super speedy form of shorthand.

Radio Making & Podcasting

Workshop

Friday, September 30, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn practical radio-making skills such as interviewing techniques, basic sound recording and editing skills as you put together segments ala an episode of nationally broadcast podcast 'All The Best'

Terrible Angels: Celebrating Queerness through Writing

Closed Forum

Friday, September 30, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A facilitated discussion and workshop for queer and gender diverse writers – aspiring, emerging or experienced.

Slashies

In Conversation

Friday, September 30, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

What happens when you work across different forms - are a 'multi-disciplinary' writer? Two major slashies talk about having their fingers in many pies.

Research and Lived Experience

Panel

Friday, September 30, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

How do you sensitively tell a story that is not your own? Writers discuss their approaches to research and stories of lived experience.

Writing for People Without a Voice

Panel

Friday, September 30, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Three social justice writers talk about the ethics and responsibilities of writing for people without a voice.

Gender in Genre

In Conversation

Friday, September 30, 2016
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Is genre fiction a more accessible space for people of gender diverse identities?

Programming Workshop

Workshop

Friday, September 30, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Always wanted to put on a show, but never knew how? Come learn from a professional.

I Feel Like a Woman

Reading

Friday, September 30, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Man! I feel like a woman! A reading and Q&A about the wide range of experiences associated with being a 'woman writer'.

Science Party

Special Event

Friday, September 30, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Who loves to party? Scientists do.

Confessional Writing: New Self Through Print

Panel

Friday, September 30, 2016
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

When you reveal something for the first time through your writing, what are the ramifications?

Get Lost! In These City Streets Walking Tour

Street Event

Friday, September 30, 2016
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A walking tour down back alleys and pathways to see short form writing on posters by locals. Supported by Newcastle City Council.

Lost in Translation

Panel

Friday, September 30, 2016
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

La traduction. 翻訳. La traducció. Translating one word is easy these days, but how do you capture the spirit and voice of a whole text?

Life Writing Class

Special Event

Friday, September 30, 2016
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Our life writing models will perform and you'll scribe - what's the worst that could happen?

Go West: Finding Voice

Panel

Friday, September 30, 2016
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Go West with writers from the Western suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne. What makes work from the West unique?

Australian Poetry Slam Newcastle Region Final

Special Event

Friday, September 30, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Newcastle's slam poets battle it out for their chance at the final, with 2015 Champion Phil Wilcox as host.

Stand Up/Sit Down

Special Event

Friday, September 30, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Be tickled pink as some of our finest young satirists, comedians and funny internet people perform their work standing up, then sit down to talk about where Australian comedy is now

Speech Night

Reading

Friday, September 30, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We can't tell you what these writers are going to wax lyrical about, but we can tell you that you don't want to miss it.

BFA vs NYWF

Debate

Friday, September 30, 2016
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Is writing something you can teach? Is studying writing for hacks? This debate will decide.

Late Night Readings: Oh! The Places You’ll Go

Reading

Friday, September 30, 2016
10:30 pm -

The Late Night Readings are everyone's favourite NYWF institution! Pull up a bean bag and get cosy.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Poetry and Place Workshop

Workshop

Saturday, October 1, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

WA poet Caitlin Maling workshops the idea of 'place' as a central tenant in poetry.

Health Goths

Panel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Writing about health and the body can be fraught, but these writers do it and do it well.

#LoveOzYA

Panel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
10:00 am - 11:00 am

YA, Middle Grade, New Adult. What do they all mean? And why are they so popular rn?

Classical Tropes/New Forms

Panel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Using mythology and classical structures, four living, breathing artists make contemporary, relevant work.

Gendering Loneliness

Panel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In literature, loneliness is so often gendered - from Emily Dickinson to Chris Kraus, to Leslie Jamison. What is the connection between gender, loneliness and literature?

Careers Day

Special Event

Saturday, October 1, 2016
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

A careers fair like no other. Learn about legal stuff, money stuff, and all the nuts and bolts freelancing stuff.

TiNA Talks: Art and Gender

Panel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Coffee and conversation about art. Facilitated by CTF, TiNA Talks feature artists from across the TiNA program presenting their ideas and leading informal discussions.

You Can Go And Love Yourself: Self Care

Roundtable

Saturday, October 1, 2016
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Amazing babes sharing tips on self-care and how to deal with burnout.

Bodily Functions

Panel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

"Having a body is pretty much the weirdest thing you can do" - someone at NYWF 2015. Three people with bodies talk about the stuff that doesn't usually get talked about.

Fail Harder: Imposter Syndrome

Roundtable

Saturday, October 1, 2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

How do you deal with failure and rejection as a writer? When is the point at which you feel like you can even call yourself a 'writer'?

Future of … Journalism

Panel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Sure, since the rise of the internet, journalism has been an ever-changing beast. But lately it's seemed a little ... more ever-changing.

Poetry Lunch

Reading

Saturday, October 1, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Grab a bite to eat. Listen to some poets speak.

Australian Poetry Presents: Poetically Pushing Against Dominant Narratives

Special Event

Saturday, October 1, 2016
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Between/across/along/in/out/around – the many voiced and the many textured landscape of queer poets writing in Australia right now.

From Page to Stage Poetry Workshop

Workshop

Saturday, October 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Take your words from page to stage and back again with this intensive workshop.

Class Ceiling

Panel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Different types of capital control access to the arts. What are the impacts of financial, cultural and social capital on 'becoming an artist'?

Lift Off!

In Conversation

Saturday, October 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ever wondered about the relationship between author and publisher? Us too! So we're sitting Briohny Doyle and Sam Cooney down to fill us in.

Writing and Disability

Closed Forum

Saturday, October 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A safe space for writers who identify as having a disability to share, commiserate, rejoice and/or plot together.

Science Writing vs Science Fiction

Debate

Saturday, October 1, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The apocalypse has come and gone - but what's left of humanity? Scientists pit their predictions for the future against the speculations of sci fi writers.

What Do You Know?

In Conversation

Saturday, October 1, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A creative couple are interviewed by the people who know them best: each other.

The Polytics of Voice

Panel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This forum discussion will examine the 'big think' questions we interrogate consistently as young writers.

Birthday Party

Special Event

Saturday, October 1, 2016
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Ever wanted to throw a birthday party for someone you don't know? Now's your chance!

Publishing from the Underground: Small Press

Roundtable

Saturday, October 1, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Small press has always been the vanguard for avant-garde writing and local scenes.

Fury Road

Reading

Saturday, October 1, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Homegrown writers with a strong connection to our landscape discuss how we will weather the political, cultural and environmental challenges facing Australia.

Writing for TV Workshop

Workshop

Saturday, October 1, 2016
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Want to write for TV? Magda Wozniak has you sorted.

Show & Tell

Special Event

Saturday, October 1, 2016
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

These writers will share their stories and tell us the secrets of how they got to be where they are today.

Where You From? Where You Goin’?

Panel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Poets discuss their practice, aspirations and histories within the Australian literary landscape, considering how culture intersects with their experiences.

Fact vs Fiction

Debate

Saturday, October 1, 2016
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A comedy debate about fiction vs non fiction in writing. Does "the truth" really exist or is it just a construct?

“My Very First Reading”

Reading

Saturday, October 1, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

They've never read to an audience before. Now they're reading to an entire festival. Never performed your work? This could be your chance!

Fake People, Fake Panel

Panel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Exactly what it sounds like. Funny lady Bec Varcoe on a fake panel, interviewing fake people.

First Nations Poetry as Resistance

Panel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hear from some deadly Aboriginal voices as they discuss poetry as a platform for activism and the space within the Australian literary landscape for Aboriginal writers to subvert the narrative.

Poetry and Music: “The Body as a Map”

Special Event

Saturday, October 1, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Poets and sound artists have been paired together creating work on the theme "The Body as a Map". A unique listening party comprised of live and pre-recorded elements.

Enter the Labyrinth Ball

Special Event

Saturday, October 1, 2016
8:00 pm - 12:00 am

This year's ball is ready to get fantastical, masked, and ghoulish. Prepare to enter the labyrinth...

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fringe Dwellers

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
2:30 am - 3:30 pm

Creating a (successful) scene in your small town.

Writing for Performance

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
10:00 am - 11:00 am

INT. EVENING. A comedian, a playwright, a TV writer and a slam poet walk into a bar.

Me, Myself and I: Writing for Yourself

Roundtable

Sunday, October 2, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sometimes writing is less about external validation, and more about internal validation. Isn't your voice the only one that really matters?

Zine Fair

Street Event

Sunday, October 2, 2016
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Zines! Get your zines! The Zine Fair returns for another year of revelling in self publishing glory.

(Re)writing Gender

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fuck the binary, these writers are all shades of the rainbow. But how does one go about rewriting entrenched notions of gender?

Award Winners

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

How do literary awards shape the literary landscape for writers? Are they useful, or overrated?

Oral & Aural Storytelling

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

A discussion and demonstration of the conventions, trials and tribulations of aural storytelling.

TiNA Talks: Art and Mythology

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Coffee and conversation about art. Facilitated by CTF, TiNA Talks feature artists from across the TiNA program presenting their ideas and leading informal discussions.

Life Drawing

Workshop

Sunday, October 2, 2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

What happens when comic artists turn the pen on themselves? These artists explore the emergence of the autobiographical comic.

Future of … Funding

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

What is this 'funding' and where can we find it?

Apocalypso Nights

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

What does dystopic fiction tell us about the world we live in?

Disability

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Disibility is so often silenced in the literary canon. What does it mean to be a writer with disability, or to tell disability stories?

Writing While Female

Closed Forum

Sunday, October 2, 2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Patriarchy got you down? All female-identifying and non-binary people welcome to this safe space to vent, inspire and cajole.

Critical Mass

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Your mother always said "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all". These writers beg to disagree.

The Hard Stuff

Workshop

Sunday, October 2, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Let Arts Law add legal skills to your freelancing survival kit.

The Gentle Art of the Interview

Workshop

Sunday, October 2, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Interviews are awkward! But do they have to be? Chloe Walker teaches you how to master the art of interviewing.

Censorship and Political Correctness

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Whose story is this to tell? Grappling with the space between, ensuring that communities and individuals speak for themselves, as well as the responsibility to shed light on difficult issues.

Memoir and Memory

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

How do you write yourself? Where does 'truth' sit in the equation?

Big Fish, Big Pond: Expats

Roundtable

Sunday, October 2, 2016
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

These big fishes relocated to more appropriately sized ponds. A discussion on the merits of moving to the big smoke.

Stand Up Comedy Workshop

Workshop

Sunday, October 2, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Punch-lines met with jeers? Audiences walking out insulted? Learn to do stand-up with comedy great Ashley Kalagian Blunt.

InDesign Workshop

Workshop

Sunday, October 2, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Learn some sweet InDesign skills as the team from The Brow show you the basics of laying out a publication.

Dear/Hello

Reading

Sunday, October 2, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A live recording of the 'Dear / Hello' podcast - a series of open letters to moments of change.

Self-Publishing: Punk Rock vs Pathetic

Debate

Sunday, October 2, 2016
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Is traditional publishing for wusses who are happy to relinquish control of their art, or is it the only way to guarantee quality? We scheduled this debate to find out!

Taste Buds

Special Event

Sunday, October 2, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Two food writers talk food writing, while food making, for food lovers.

Freaky Stories

Reading

Sunday, October 2, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This is a true story: it happened to a friend of mine. NYWF punters get up to share their freakily true tales.

Life Writing Exhibition

Special Event

Sunday, October 2, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Come enjoy some wine, cheese and literary art, and hob-nob with some of writing's newest stars.

Soapbox

Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Self-determination and representation for marginalised voices is vital to the Australian literary scene - but what happens when representation becomes a burden?

Blind Dating

Special Event

Sunday, October 2, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Melbourne comedian Dave Warneke hosts a blind dating show with guests from across the Festival.

The John Burgess Game Show Tribute Show

Special Event

Sunday, October 2, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Come on down. Is that a donkey in the oven? No, it's Varcoe's catch phrase. Want to be a millionaire?

Women of History

Reading

Sunday, October 2, 2016
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Women from the history books take to the stage in this unmissable reading event slash dress up party!

Late Night Readings: Sex, Death, Money

Reading

Sunday, October 2, 2016
10:30 pm -

The Late Night Readings are everyone's favourite NYWF institution! Pull up a bean bag and get cosy.