Newington College Literature Festival 2017

Newington College Literature Festival 2017

The Festival will feature many special guests: authors, poets, illustrators, performers and newsmakers.

In May 2017, Newington College is embarking on its 8th biennial Literature Festival. Aimed at encouraging young people to take part in the adventure of books and reading, the Festival is held over three days to give students the opportunity to attend sessions covering all aspects of the written, spoken, printed and visual ‘word’. The Festival will feature many special guests: authors, poets, illustrators, performers and newsmakers.

Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable presenting to Year 10s on Day 1 of the Newington College Literature Festival 2017.

Barry Heard

Year 11 students react to Barry Heard's experiences during the Vietnam War at the Newington College Literature Festival 2017.

Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo runs a comics writing and creating workshop with Year 9 students on Day 3 of the Newington College Literature Festival 2017.

Liam Pieper

Liam Pieper details to Year 9 students his journey to becoming an author on Day 1 of the Newington College Literature Festival 2017.

Kirsty Eager

Kirsty Eager talks about the importance of writing what you know to Year 12 students on Day 3 of the Newington College Literature Festival 2017.

Matthew Lin

Matthew Lin creates two original manga portraits for the Newington College Senior Library on Day 1 of the Newington College Literature Festival 2017.

Will Kostakis

Will Kostakis (ON '08) is back in the classrooms of Newington College inspiring current Year 8 students on Day 2 of the Newington College Literature Festival 2017.

Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald (ON '08) shares a laugh with Year 8 students during an author workshop at the Newington College Literature Festival 2017.

Community Guest Speaker: Jack Heath

Renowned children’s and young adult fiction writer, Jack Heath, is this year’s Community Guest Speaker. Passionate, exciting and relatable, Jack’s books are sold all over the world and are a favourite in the Newington College Senior Library.

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Postscript Guest Editor: Jack Lynch

Jack is a professional writer with a diverse and interesting portfolio. He spends his free time writing for global cycling publications and working as a freelance editor. He will be working with English Department Teacher, Dr Billy Stephenson.

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Barry Heard

Australian author and Vietnam War veteran, Barry Heard, is a staple Literature Festival speaker. This year he will be speaking to Year 10 History about his personal experiences in the Vietnam War, as detailed in his novels and autobiography.

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Philip Wilcox

Philip Wilcox is the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a two-time NSW Poetry Slam Champion. His poetry mixes humour, social commentary and wit.

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Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo lives and breathes comics and graphic novels. He is a passionate performer and storyteller. He is self-professed “comic communicator” and Tin Tin enthusiast. He has taught in Japan and is inspired by kamishibai, a form of Japanese paper theater and interpretive storytelling.

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