Later this month Maitland will host the inaugural Maitland Indie Festival, a celebration of independent writing and publishing in all its forms.
The festival will run from Friday, February 28 to Sunday, March 1 and feature more than 40 events spread across six venues.
As well as keynote speakers, panels, and book launches, the festival will feature eight workshops, competitions, and entertainment.
Keynote speakers will include best selling children's author, Tim Harris and local author of The Love That Remains, Susan Francis.
Speakers will come from as far as Brisbane and Melbourne to take part in the 15 keynote speeches and panels.
There'll also be eight workshops, 12 book launches in four locations, and family activities. A major highlight will be SLAM! on the Saturday night with cash prizes for the best poetry slammers.
"We want to let people who have a story to tell know that in this digital age they're more empowered than ever to share that story with their community and the world," Festival director, Graham Davidson, said.
"We want them to tell their stories."
The festival is supported by Maitland City Council and Hunter Writers Centre and will run concurrently with the first weekend of Artastique, creating a sense of a broader fringe cultural festival throughout the city.
Festival venues include Studio Amsterdam, Sun Street Studios, Maitland City Library, the Pourhouse, and Rama Bar.
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