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SAVE THE DATE: Fresh Ink gives emerging writers inspiration

Emerging writers from across the Hunter will be inspired thanks to a new event kicking off in Newcastle next month.

A collaboration between the Newcastle Writer’s Festival and Newcastle Libraries, Fresh Ink aims to give up-and-coming wordsmiths and anyone interested in writing a combination of practical guidance and inspiration.

The free, two-day program will showcase a range of discussions featuring local and visiting authors such as Susan Francis, Ewa Ramsey, Omar Sakr, and Bri Lee, as well as literary agent Jane Novak whose clients include the likes of Helen Garner, Kate Grenville and Behrouz Boochani.

“Fresh Ink is about supporting people as they embark on or develop their writing  projects, which could be anything from poetry to a family history,” Libraries and Learning manager Suzie Gately said.

“All the guest speakers have had unique  journeys and I hope that this will encourage those who want to take the next step, whatever that may be.” 

Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom said the spirit of the festival was to bolster opportunities for emerging writers with festival logistics manager Ewa Ramsey reinforcing how COVID-19 had impacted up-and-coming talent.

“Ewa worked hard for five years on her first novel The Morbids and it was published last August.,” Rosemarie said.

“All her interstate promotional events were cancelled and while she was able to participate in  online events, it’s not the same as being able to speak to people in a live setting.” 

Fresh Ink is on at Newcastle Library on 23 and 24 April. Head here for a full program and tickets.