NYWF 2020 brings the best of digital programming

National Young Writers Festival is going online from 1-4 October, and their program delves deep into the possibilities that digital delivery offers.

This year, National Young Writers Festival (NYWF) brings its long weekend of literary and arts events from creatives around the country online. The festival, co-directed by Isobel Marmion, Raelee Lancaster, and Mike Louis Kennedy, is programmed to the theme ‘The Raucous Twenties,’ and its all-digital program showcases the unique opportunities offered by programming a festival remotely.

In its over 20-year history, NYWF has always been a space for artists and organisations from around the country to meet, swap notes, make new friends, and learn new skills. The digital program makes these opportunities available for many of who would not be able to attend the usual bricks and mortar festival in Newcastle. The program also delves into the best of computational creativity – and the issues of ethics, safety, and sovereignty and that necessarily arise with working on digital platforms. 

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob