Contributors and Testimonials

Thanks to all who contributed to the 2017 Literature Festival.


Many thanks also to all who have contributed their energy, time and skills towards the success of this event. The Literature Festival would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of the Headmaster, Council of Newington College and the Parents and Friends Associations.

Testimonials from 2017

Testimonials from the 2017 Newington College Literature Festival from our acclaimed author guests.

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Testimonials from 2015

Newington College hosted its first Literature Festival in 2001. Over its lifetime, the Festival has hosted many well-known Australian authors, illustrators, poets and playwrights; including Isobel Carmody, Morris Gleitzman, Andrew Daddo and Gabrielle Lord.

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"There’s something dynamic that goes on with the Newington Literature Festival. There’s a pervasive feeling of creative ‘critical mass’ where we’re all challenged to think a little more deeply, broadly and incisively about the lives we lead. And we laugh. A lot."

- Scott Gardner


  • Ms Ann Jagger (Festival Coordinator) – Stanmore, Literature Librarian
  • Ms Sabine Tanase (Assistant Festival Coordinator)
  • Mr Richard Wheeldon – Stanmore, Head of English
  • Mrs Linda Munns-Conry – Stanmore, Head of Library
  • Mr Terrence Priester – Stanmore, English Teacher and eLearning Leader
  • Ms Joanne Barnes – Wyvern, Teacher Librarian
  • Ms Sue Gough – Lindfield, Teacher Librarian
  • Ms Tamara Smith – Stanmore, Head of Drama


  • Parents and Friends Association, Stanmore
  • Parents and Friends Association, Wyvern
  • Parents and Friends Association, Lindfield
  • Newington College Womens Group
  • Alliance Catering
  • Lindsay Raven for his help with timetabling
  • English Department for their wonderful help and support
  • Tamara Smith for the innovative Theatre Sports Competition
  • Chris Smith for his organisation of all things electrical and electronic
  • Shiri and his team from the FX Service Centre
  • Pam Hatfield, Amy Wang, Anna Hubble, Sarah O’Brien and Nicole Aradas for their digital promotions
  • Linda Munns-Conry and her amazing student volunteers

"In every one of the eleven sessions I conducted I found the boys engaged, focused and receptive. The questions the students asked showed that there is a growing appreciation of both the craft of writing and the power of literature to inform, entertain and, at times, to transform the way we approach issues of social justice and human rights."

- Arnold Zable

Postscript Team

Mentored by Dr Billy Stephenson and freelance journalist Jack Lynch, the following student reporters and photographers will diligently work to meet deadlines and report on all the official, and unofficial, happenings of the days.

  • Jack Alscher (Year 11)
  • Adi Apana (Year 7)
  • Clancy Barrett (Year 10)
  • Luke Canter (Year 7)
  • Isaac Carriline (Year 10)
  • James Douglas (Year 10)
  • Tom Barker (Year 11)
  • Joel Goh (Year 7)
  • Anton Lising (Year 7)
  • Tom Marchese (Year 10)
  • Luke Mesterovic (Year 9)
  • Tom Osborne (Year 7)
  • William Sun (Year 7)