The program was launched on Friday, 24th February in the Lovett Gallery of Newcastle Library by festival director, Rosemarie Milson. Everyone behind the scenes was very excited to launch the program for this 5th festival. What a milestone!
Full program can be found here.
As a part of the Main Program, the festival will also be hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday, 8th April in Wheeler Place, next to Town Hall from 10am.
Visiting children's book creators include Jackie French (Diary of a Wombat series), Richard Roxburgh (Artie and the Grime Wave), and Nick Earls (Word Hunters series). How exciting!
We will also be hosting local creators including illustrators; Kirrili Lonergan, Liz Anelli, and Gwynne Jones, as well as story teller John 'Sinker' Clarke.
The Newcastle Youth Orchestra will also present a special performance linked with the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter.
I have the privilege of being the MC for this amazing event - I AM SO EXCITED! Block out your diaries and come into town.
The Newcastle Region Libraries will also be hosting a Schools Program to compliment the festival.
Visiting book creators are coming from all over the country to spend time inspiring school aged children from around the Hunter and surrounding areas.
Jacqueline Harvey will be the guest speaker at a High Tea held at Wallsend Library on Tuesday, 28th April. Booking can be made here.
Then on Wednesday, 29th and Thursday, 30th of April, our town will be invaded by book creators such as Michael Wagner (Maxx Rumble series), Louise Park (Zac Power series), George Ivanoff (You Choose series), Jack Heath (Countdown to Danger series), Jacqueline Harvey (Alice Miranda series), and John Flanagan (Ranger's Apprentice series). To have all these amazing authors in the one place at the same time is an extremely rare event. We are very lucky.
The Schools Program can be found here.
I'll be in and around the Schools Program volunteering and soaking up the inspiration. Hope to see you there!