NoViolet Bulawayo + NYWF 2014 Program Launch!

The National Young Writers’ Festival presents

NoViolet Bulawayo

+ NYWF 2014 Program Launch

 Tuesday, August 26 at 7pm, Alaska Projects

The National Young Writers’ Festival is excited to present Man Booker Prize-shortlisted, Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo in conversation with writer and social commentator Zoya Patel, together with Alaska Projects

The evening will also serve as the program launch for the National Young Writers’ Festival 2014, with festival highlights introduced by festival favourite and artist Ben Jenkins. NYWF 2014 will see over 80 artists, including Benjamin Law, Clementine Ford, Omar Musa and Lawrence Leung and a huge number of emerging young writers, travel to Newcastle in October for the four-day literary event.

Bulawayo will discuss the themes of cultural identity, immigration and displacement that she explores in her debut novel, We Need New Names, which is as much a celebration of humanity as it is an unflinching personal tale of brutality and loss. Bulawayo has been praised for her strong new voice and the emotional truth of her storytelling.

“A deeply felt and fiercely written debut novel … by turns unsparing and lyrical, unsentimental and poetic, spiky and meditative.” The New York Times

NoViolet Bulawayo is the writer behind the Man Booker Prize 2013 shortlisted We Need New Names. The debut novel is a fresh take on the immigrant experience exploring themes of identity, culture, belonging and place. Bulawayo is the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean writer to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The novel has received numerous accolades including the Etisalat Prize for Literature and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and a place on the Guardian First Book Award shortlist.

The National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) occurs annually in Newcastle, New South Wales over the Labour Day Holiday Weekend, which this year falls from October 2 to 5. It is Australia’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms including zines, comics, blogging, screenwriting, poetry, spoken word, hip hop, journalism, comedy, songwriting and prose.

NoViolet A4 Poster

NoViolet Bulawayo appears with thanks to Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

The launch event will be held on Tuesday, August 26 at 7pm at Alaska Projects, Level 2, Kings Cross Car Park, 9A Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay NSW. Tickets are $10. Book at

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