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Discover Newcastle’s radical past at Newcastle Writers Festival

To celebrate the launch of Radical Newcastle, three Novocastrians – Vera Deacon, Daniela Heil, and John Maynard – discuss their experiences of radicalisation at this year’s Newcastle Writers Festival.

Radical Newcastle is a collection of essays by leading scholars, local historians and present day radicals documents both the iconic events of the region’s radical past, and less well-known actions seeking social justice for workers, women, Aboriginal people and the environment. The session will be hosted by Dr Nancy Cushing. Radical Newcastle will be officially launched by UON Vice-Chancellor Caroline McMillen.

The 2015 Newcastle Writers Festival is set to be another big weekend of celebrating literature and creativity.

This year the program has expanded to three days, with more than 130 writers participating, including Helen Garner, Les Murray, Michael Robotham, Bob Brown, Don Watson, PM Newton, Geraldine Doogue, Faval Parrett, Wesley Enoch, Brooke Davis, and Blanche d’Alpuget.

The University of Newcastle is proud to be a Festival Partner, and many of our graduates, staff and students will be taking part.

Two University of Newcastle Professors Talks are included in this year’s program. Associate Professor Phillip McIntyre will present ‘What empirical research is telling us about creativity and writing’. Professor McIntyre is Head of Discipline for Communication and Media in UON’s School of Design, Communication and Information Technology.

Professor of Modern European History, Roger Markwick, Head of UON’s School of Humanities and Social Science will be speaking on ‘The humanities in uncertain times’. Professor Markwick is the co-author of Soviet Women on the Frontline in the Second World War, which was shortlisted for the 2013 NSW Premier’s History Awards.

The leaders of a significant UON research project on the origins and impact of Hunter wine, Professor John Germov, Dr Julie McIntyre and Jay Tulloch, reveal the tall – and true – tales swirling in your favourite drop.

UON’s School of Humanities and Social Science are sponsoring ‘The Treatment of Asylum Seekers: Australia’s Heart of Darkness?’ Hosted by Felicity Biggins, the session includes a discussion with Munjed Al Muderis, Aran Mylvaganam, David Manne, Georgina Ramsay, and Rosie Scott.

Staff and students from UON’s Creative Writing program will read from works-in-progress, which are set in the grunge and gravitas of Newcastle. With Michael Sala, Amy Lovat and Samantha Dagg, hosted by Keri Glastonbury.

For all session times and locations, please visit the Newcastle Writers Festival website.

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Feature image: Strike at Newcastle Teachers College in 1951, courtesy of the University of Newcastle Cultural Collections.  

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