Over three days, the Newington College LitFest will feature a wide range of engaging events to celebrate the written and spoken word.

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LitFest is a happening across all three campuses with events running from Wednesday, 28th April 2021 to Friday, 30th April 2021.

Find out what’s happening at each of the campuses:

Book Launches

In 2021, Newington College LitFest is honoured to host two book launches to celebrate the release of Heroes of the Secret Underground by Susanne Gervay and Ginger Meggs: 100th Anniversay by Tristan Bancks.

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Spelling Bee

One of the most popular events of the Newington College LitFest is the Spelling Bee. Top spellers in Years 5 – 6 from Wyvern will compete. (Pictured: Richard Harland and Wyvern students, LitFest 2015)

Book Parade

To celebrate all things literature and storytelling, the boys at Wyvern Prepatory House participate in a colourful and memorable parade showcasing their favourite characters, stories, and authors. (Pictured: Wyvern Students, LitFest 2017)

Author Workshops

Our esteemed guests work with our Wyvern, Lindfield and Stanmore students and spark in them a life-long love of literature and reading, as well as inspiring a brand new generation of writers and storytellers. (Pictured: Scot Gardner and Year 9 Students in the DC Drama Theatre, LitFest 2017)

Theatre Productions

Some of our author's works and stories have been brought to life through professional performances. (Pictured: Susanne Gervay and Monkey Baa, LitFest 2015)

Classroom Tutorials

Our authors spend time with the students in their classrooms, showcasing the craft of storytelling, exploring themes, and discussing plotting and writing. (Pictured: Will Kostakis, LitFest 2019)

Stand-Up Presentations

To broaden their minds towards all possibilities of storytelling, students also experience stand-up presentations filled with humour, laughter, and discovery. (Pictured: Sean Choolburra, LitFest 2019)

Slam Poet Performances

LitFest isn't just limited to stories told in print. Over the years, we have been priviledged to experience poetry in action from a number of young and powerful slam poets and vocal artists. (Pictured: Philip Wilcox, LitFest 2019)

Writing Competition

All Students are invited to compete in the Newington College LitFest Writing Competition. Winners will be announced during LitFest.

Winners will be given the unique opportunity to workshop their pieces with some of the professional authors visiting Newington for the Festival.

 • Year 5 to 6 Winner: Harry Laing

 • Year 7 to 8 Winner: Kate Forsyth

 • Year 9 to 10 Winner: Susanne Gervay

 • Year 11 to 12 Winner: James Knight

These short story pieces will also be shortlisted for publication in the 2021 edition of New Enigma, Newington’s own annual celebration of some of the most outstanding poetry, artwork and prose from our very own students.


Students are encouraged to submit their works (multiple submissions are allowed!) to their English teacher by Wednesday, 24 March 2021 (Term 1, Week 9).

The writing competition is divided across four divisions with different year groups allocated to each division. Each division has been given a set of writing prompts to guide submissions.

 • Wyvern and Lindfield Division: Years 5 and 6

 • Stanmore Junior Division: Years 7 and 8

 • Stanmore Intermediate Division: Years 9 and 10

 • Stanmore Open Division: Years 11 and 12

Please see your year group’s Newington: Spaces page for more details.

Panel: Our Past – The Legacy for Australians Today

This year’s panel event will be hosted in conjunction with the Centre for Ethics. Historian, author, and satirist, David Hunt will take you on a journey through Australia’s complex history – a history that is misreported, misremembered and misrepresented. Why have we ignored, forgotten or selectively reconstructed our past? And what are the consequences for Australians today?

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