Cessnock will once again host events for the annual Newcastle Writers Festival, with a children's program and a prestigious author talk on the program.
Acclaimed Australian children's authors Frances Watts, Tony Flowers and Tania McCartney will speak to children from more than 20 local primary schools across nine locations on Thursday, April 2.
The visiting authors will perform their work, talk about their craft and take questions, offering local students a unique and creative learning experience.
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre will host an author talk with high-profile humanitarian Tim Costello on Saturday, April 4.
One of Australia's leading voices on social justice and global poverty, Costello is is an ordained Baptist minister who led World Vision in Australia for 13 years.
His bestselling books include Hope, Faith, Streets of Hope, Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher and, most recently, his memoir A Lot with a Little.
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Costello will discuss the people and experiences that have shaped him, and the power of faith to sustain us in the face of the world's biggest issues.
The talk will be hosted by radio presenter Paul Bevan, and will run from 3pm to 4pm. Tickets are $25 and are available from Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on 4993 4266 or via the venue's website.
It is the third year Cessnock has been part of the Newcastle Writers Festival, which last year attracted about 12,000 visitors.
Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said it's an amazing opportunity for the city to be involved again.
"We're excited to be a part of this fantastic celebration of writers and welcome visitors to our local government area," he said.