* The Tamworth Session of Create a Picture Book has been postponed until the 25th due to snowy conditions on the road.*
Welcome to the New England Writers' Centre!
The New England Writers' Centre has been helping writers, readers and everyone in between for since 1994.
We have our base in Armidale, but cover the whole of the New England region, stretching from the Queensland border in the north to the Gunnedah, Liverpool Plains, Tamworth Regional and Walcha local government areas in the south. The main towns include Armidale, Barraba, Bundarra, Deepwater, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Guyra, Inverell, Manilla, Quirindi, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walcha, Werris Creek. We also include Dorrigo in the east.
We bring the best writers, illustrators and trade professionals to the area, either in person or via our one-of-a-kind Skype sessions, for workshops, talks, forums, panel discussions and even run Booked In! a children and young adults' literature festival. And let's not forget about all the local talent that we have right at our fingertips!
Membership is always open - visit our membership page to join!
We also have a page for members to share their news with us! Click here to see what the other members have been up to...
Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing
It's that time of year again!
The Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing opens on Monday the 9th of March. Click here for all the details!
All genres of crime writing are eligible, from hard-boiled to comic, paranormal to rural, noir to cosy. Entries welcome from anywhere in Australia.
$10 per entry
Entries open: 9th of March, 2015
Entries close: 24th of August, 2015
New England Writers'Centre Events!
Reading and book signing by acclaimed poet and editor Jamie Grant.
Jamie Grant's latest poetry collection is Glass on the Chimney (Hardie Grant Australia, 2014). He is also the editor and compiler of the popular anthologies, 100 Australian Poems You Need to Know(Hardie Grant, 2008) and 100 Australian Poems of Love and Loss (Hardie Grant 2011), amongst other titles.
When: Friday August 14th, 5:30pm
Where: Reader's Companion bookshop in the Mall
How much: FREE!
Illustration Workshop: with Ann James
Featured visiting guest Ann James, award-winning illustrator, will be giving an illustration workshop for adults and teenagers.
When: Saturday August 15th, 10 am—12 pm
How much: $50 for NEWC/NERAM members, $60 non-members.
Click here to book!
Author panel on retelling traditional tales, featuring authors John Heffernan and Sophie Masson.
When: Saturday, August 15th, 11:15 am—12:15pm
Where: Armidale Dumaresq Library
How much: $10 (pay at the door)
Sponsored by Christmas Press Picture Books.
Illustrator panel, featuring Ann James, Fiona McDonald, David Allan and Kate Durack.
When: Saturday August 15th, 1.30—3pm
How much: $10 (pay at the door)
NEWC member Allan Mitchell is launching his new book!
All are welcome to attend and enjoy the launch of
Sherlock Holmes and the Menacing Moors.
Allan's new mystery novel featuring Holmes and Watson
doing battle with the agents of evil
across the desolate wastes of Dartmoor.
A fitting bleak and desolate atmosphere will be provided
if the current weather patterns hold, though attendees can
keep up their spirits with snippets from a good tale followed
by tasty refreshments and liquid cheer.
When: Saturday July 18th at 1pm
Where: Reader's Companion Bookshop in the Mall.