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.

At a Glance

Festival highlights

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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