Another brilliant Newington Literature Festival Begins

Another brilliant Newington Literature Festival Begins

Pliver Phommavanh and Richard Harland, Newington Literature Festival StanmoreCan’t believe it was 12 years ago when the Newington festival started.

I met Sue Richer the then school librarian for Newington College at the beginning of this fantastic new venture for the College in Sydney

This is the first year that it’s been run my the new head of the Lirbary Ann Jagger and Sabine who have done a brilliant job.

There’s been a feast of authors – from Archie Fusillo, Arnold Zable, Oliver Phommocanh, Deborah Abela, Barry Jonsberg, Richard Harland,  Simon Higgins, Felice Arena, Michael Gerald-Bauer, Michael Pryor ….. so many others.

and the Newington boys are fantastic.

I was deeply moved by their assembly where the Principal, chaplain, Sean Corcoran Head of Teacher Education , head of swimming…. supported by a brass band … gave such support to the Literature Festival, environmental protection and Room to Read – – bringing literacy to the children of the developing world.

Arnold Zable acclaimed author launched the festival.

LOVED speaking to the boys. LOVED judging the the writing competition. Loved sharing my books with Newington College.

Michael gerald Bauer, Barry Jonsberg, Arnold Zable, Newington Literature FestivalRoom to Read, Newington College


I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.


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