Our Writers’ Festival is an exciting and stimulating series of events held in August every year. The festival includes a number of on-campus events for students, plus community events open to everyone.
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.
Our Literary Talkfest is supported by the Stella Prize 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 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.