The 17th annual National Young Writers’ Festival, to be held in Newcastle in October, will launch its program in Sydney in August with a special event.

Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo and writer Zoya Patel will feature in conversation at Alaska Projects on an evening which also marks the festival program launch. Festival artist and The Checkout presenter Ben Jenkins will introduce the program, with over 80 artists set to attend the four-day Newcastle event.

For the ‘in conversation’ event and launch, head to Alaska Projects on Tuesday August 26. More details are available here.