Newcastle Writers’ Festival is coming to Cessnock!

Cessnock City Council is thrilled to welcome the 2018 Newcastle Writers Festival to Cessnock for the first time as the Festival teams up with Cessnock City Library and Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) to host a prestigious author event and popular children’s author program in local schools.

Cessnock City Council is thrilled to welcome the 2018 Newcastle Writers Festival to Cessnock for the first time as the Festival teams up with Cessnock City Library and Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) to host a prestigious author event and popular children’s author program in local schools.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said it is an amazing opportunity for Cessnock and looks forward to Council working with the Newcastle Writers Festival.  

“The festival has been running since 2013 and has gone from strength to strength. Last year the program boasted 85 events that were enjoyed by around 9,000 visitors. We are excited to be a part of this fantastic celebration of writers and welcome visitors to our local government area.”  

Local school students will be lucky enough to meet and hear from acclaimed Australian children’s authors Kate and Jol Temple, Yvette Poshoglian and Tristan Bancks as they visit 16 local schools as part of the Festival’s Schools Program. The visiting writers will perform their work, talk about their craft and take questions offering local students a unique and creative learning experience.  

On Saturday 7 April Secrets and Lies: an evening with Michael Robotham will be held at the CPAC. There is no doubt it will be a memorable evening with the novelist in his early years working as an investigative journalist across America, Australia and Britain.  

He investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple, Fred and Rosemary West and worked with clinical and forensic psychologists assisting police investigate psychological driven crimes.  

As a senior feature writer for the UK’s Mail on Sunday he was among the first people to view the letters and diaries of Czar Nicholas II and his wife Empress Alexandra, unearthed in the Moscow State Archives 1991. He also gained access to Stalin’s Hitler files, which had been missing for nearly fifty years.    

In 1993 Michael quit journalism to become a ghostwriter for non-fiction titles involving prominent figures in the military, arts, sport, and science. Michael's 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than one million copies around the world. In 2015 he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award with his standalone thriller Life or Death.      

Tickets to Secrets and Lies: an evening with Michael Robotham are $25 and available by contacting Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on 4993 4266. Michael will also be signing books after the event.

 1/29/2018