The National Young Writers’ Festival has given us a sneak peek at their 2018 artist lineup and it’s exciting!
Guests for the festival, which runs from 27-30 September 2018 in Newcastle, NSW, include:
- Alison Evans, author of Ida, (who we interviewed)
- Hella Ibrahim, Egyptian-Australian Muslim editor and founder of Djed Press
- Gina Rushton, Buzzfeed reporter whose work has also appeared in The Saturday Paper, The Australian, Meanjin and more
- Roj Amedi, writer and editor.
- And many more
NYWF is the country’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 music, journalism, autobiography, comedy, songwriting and prose. The festival presents ‘writing’ in its broadest sense through panels, discussions, workshops, launches, performances, readings, installations, and more.
The focus of the National Young Writers’ Festival is creating opportunities for writers aged 18 to 35; however, artists and festival-goers of all ages are encouraged to get involved. Having some more experienced writers and industry folk on the panels and in the audiences is an invaluable part of the NYWF experience.
According to the chair of the National Young Writers’ Festival, Shona Barrett, the values of inclusivity, diversity, and experimentation are core to NYWF.
“I am excited that the incredible young and emerging talent appearing at the festival will create a community that reflects these values, whilst celebrating new practice, critical thinking, and Australia’s rich and evolving literary scene.” she said.
Most activities at the festival are free, and the full program will be announced at a special event on 31 August at Sydney Customs House Library at 7:30pm.
Due to the popularity of the festival it’s advisable to book accommodation sooner rather than later.
To find out more about the festival, including volunteer opportunities, head to the National Young Writers’ Festival.