I always line up too many sessions at NWF, so much temptation.... but I managed to limit that a bit this year, and went to a sensible number of sessions so I didn't feel too brain dead at the end of the day.
This year I saw:
Fr Rod Bower
Kon Karapanagiotidis (twice!)
A predominantly nonfiction experience! Very unusual for me. But writers festivals are definitely places to push the boundaries.
|Chris Hammer and Holly Throsby|
I was sad to miss out on so many others, but especially:
Claire G Coleman
I do so love a festival bookshop. So much potential, and all those lovely stacks waiting to be touched and poured over. Provided here by Macleans Booksellers
|All set up and ready to go|
|So pretty. So tempting. I fell. Naturally.|
|Nowhere near enough copies,|
these were quickly sold out
|I already had a copy of By Sea & Stars|
I wanted to buy Boy Swallows Universe
but they only had nasty mass market paperbacks.
Book snob? Youbetcha
My NWF2019 book stack:
|I took three with me to get signed|
and bought three there
Naturally I bought another (rather large) stack of (new and second-hand) books whilst travelling to and from Newcastle. At some old favourites: Better Read Than Dead in Newtown. Megalong Books in Leura. And a visit to a new favourite: The rather huge Salvos store at Tempe.
The Top 10 NWF2019 Bestsellers:
- Speaking Up by Gillian Triggs
- Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
- Kerry O’Brien: A Memoir by Kerry O’Brien
- Boys Will Be Boys by Clementine Ford
- Accidental Feminists by Jane Caro
- The Power of Hope by Kon Karapanagiotidis
- One Hundred Years of Dirt by Rick Morton
- Scrublands by Chris Hammer
- Outspoken by Rod Bower
- Up to Something by Katrina McKelvey and Kirrili Lonergan
Newcastle Writers Festival do a great job of providing entertainment between sessions too. This year there were beach chairs set up in Wheeler Place with headphones to listen to short stories.
|Yes, guitarpwriter needs to be|
seen, and heard, to be believed
|I snacked on Halouminati Fries from|
The Haloumi Hut
having already filled up on particularly incredible Crispy Skinned Chicken at Dumpling Flavour on Darby Street when I had an early lunch with friends.
I couldn't make it for NWF 2018