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Writers Talkfest

Our Writers’ Talkfest has been supported by the Stella Prize and local booksellers and is held annually around May. The event features engaging and challenging discussions on a different theme each year and includes acclaimed Australian authors.

In 2021 we held an online event, with the theme ‘Writing Resilience’, Author and Northcote High School parent Ruth Clare hosted our panel of guests, Evelyn Araluen, Alice Pung and Sarah Krasnostein.

In 2020, our first online Talkfest featured Clare Wright in conversation with Kate Grenville, discussing her novel ‘A Room Made of Leaves’

In the 2019 Talkfest ‘Writing Mystery’, Clare Wright hosted novelist Toni Jordan, historian Judith Brett and crime fiction maestro Shane Maloney in discussion about the craft of literary curiosity.

In 2018, the theme was ‘Writing Violence’. 2014 Stella Prize-winning author and Northcote High School parent, Clare Wright, hosted the event and our guests were Helen Garner, Sofia Laguna, Jock Serong and Andy Griffiths.

In 2017, the theme was ‘Writing freedom’. Clare Wright hosted the event and our guests were Clementine Ford, Maxine Beneba-Clarke, Abdi Aben and Jeff Sparrow.

And in 2016, a panel of Australia’s finest writers discussed the topic ‘Writing Men’. The event featured Clare Wright speaking with Emily Bitto – 2015 Stella Prize winner – and Steven Carroll, Ruth Clare and Christos Tsiolkas, about how male perspectives and experiences are captured in literature.

Writers’ Festival

Our Writers’ Festival is an exciting and stimulating series of events. The festival includes a number of on-campus events for students, plus community events open to everyone.

The 4th annual Northcote High School Writers’ Festival: Growing Young Writers started with a poetry slam run by local poet Emilie Zoey Baker. The Writers’ Festival also featured presentations from comic book maker Bernard Caleo and published author Jack Heath, and concluded with a panel featuring 2018’s CBCA Book of the Year winners Cath Crowley and Fiona Wood in discussion with students.

In 2017, our students, staff and community enjoyed a Poetry Slam competition hosted by MC Mantra, plus forums and workshops with published authors Will Kostakis, Lili Wilkinson, Simmone Howell, Michael Pryor and Archie Fusillo.

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