Newcastle Writers Festival a roaring success in Cessnock schools

The Newcastle Writes Festival came to the Cessnock Local Government Area for the first time and it has been dubbed a huge success.

The Newcastle Writes Festival came to the Cessnock Local Government Area for the first time and it has been dubbed a huge success.   

Four wonderful authors delighted over 1600 local school students exploring what it’s like to be an author, what makes a great character and sharing a behind the scenes look at some of their works.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent congratulated the Festival for coming to Cessnock and would love to see it here again.  

“We were thrilled to be approached by organisers last year to be involved in this fantastic event. The feedback from local students has been phenomenal.”  

“This was a unique opportunity for our young people to learn from successful Australian authors and encourage their love of reading and writing.”  

“We’d all certainly welcome the Newcastle Writers Festival back with open arms and look forward to building on this wonderful partnership.”  

Visiting authors included Kate and Jol Temple focused on how a small book can contain a big idea. They also shared tales of their own experiences as authors. 

 Yvette Poshoglian explored how to develop a great character and revealed what common traits are shared by some of the most well-loved fictional characters.  

There was lots of laughs and learnings in the presentation from children’s author and young person, Tristian Bancks. Students got a behind the scenes look at his new crime-mystery novel, The Fall and his Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book, Two Wolves.  

This event was a collaboration between Cessnock City Library, Newcastle Writers Festival and our local schools.