Newcastle Writers Festival

5–7 April – Discover the stories behind the stories at the annual Newcastle Writers Festival, returning in 2024 from 5-7 April.

Showcasing insightful and thought-provoking panel discussions, readings, book launches, performances, and one- on-one interviews, the festival brings together 125 emerging and established writers for a whopping 95 free and ticketed events in a celebration of all things books and reading.

Among this year’s stellar line-up is Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Melissa Lucashenko, New York Times bestseller Sally Hepworth, and journalist David Marr. Other guest writers include Charlotte Wood, whose most recent novel Stone Yard Devotional made several ‘Best Books of 2023’ lists, as well as award-winning authors Nam Le and Christos Tsiolkas.

The festival will be staged at venues within Newcastle’s Civic precinct, including the University of Newcastle’s NUspace building, Conservatorium of Music, and the Civic Playhouse, as well as satellite venues.

Full program and tickets to paid events available at