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Writers’ Festival

Our Writers’ Festival is an exciting and stimulating series of events held every year. 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 will feature:

  • A poetry slam run by local poet Emilie Zoey Baker – Friday 7th September 7-9pm
  • Writers’ Festival workshops from published authors Fiona Wood, Cath Crowley, Jack Heath, and Bernard Caleo – Saturday 8th September, 12-5pm.
  • Young Writers’ Summit with author Emily Brewin – Friday 7th September 1.30-3.30pm

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.

Literary Talkfest

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.