HCCI’s James Bennett, Nancy Cushing, Marguerite Johnson and Julie McIntyre will be speaking at this year’s Newcastle Writers Festival, 5-7 April.
NWF is one of the city’s premier cultural events and an important community partnership of the University of Newcastle. Further details on the entire program can be found at NWF’s website here.
Friday 5 April
Masterclass | Memory and Monuments with Nancy Cushing, Stephen Gapps and Tamson Pietsch. Hosted by Richard Neville. The impulse to memorialise people and events has led to the establishment of a range of monuments in urban landscapes. Increasingly, monuments have been verbally or physically attacked and, in some cases, removed. This masterclass will focus on the ongoing histories of monuments, testing the implications of preservation and removal, and how memorials can be revived, reinterpreted or replaced. The three speakers will address Captain Cook, counter-memorials and the ‘statue wars’; the memorial to the band on the Titanic in Broken Hill; and the coal monument in Newcastle.