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Radical Newcastle Launch-Invitation

Radical Newcastle Launch-Invitation

It is with great pleasure that we invite you all to the much anticipated launch of Radical Newcastle, to be held as part of the Newcastle Writers’ Festival on 22 March 2015.

We begin with a series of talks by Vera Deacon, Daniela Heil and John Maynard in the Newcastle Town Hall Concert Hall at 3 pm and then move downstairs for the launch by University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor Caroline McMillen at 4 pm to be followed by light refreshments.

This is a free session so please distribute this invitation to all your colleagues, friends, family and relatives.

You can see our session in the Writers’ Festival program here:

Copies of the book will be available for purchase on the day.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Nancy and James

Dr Nancy Cushing
Senior Lecturer in History
Program Convenor for the BA and BA (Hons)

Co-editor, Radical Newcastle: Unearthing the radical past and present of Newcastle and the Hunter Region
(forthcoming, 2015: NewSouth Publishing)

Melanie and Radical Newcastle

Melanie and Radical Newcastle

Radical Newcastle Front Cover

Radical Newcastle Front Cover

Well we never thought this day would come. It has been years in the making, and a struggle of epic proportions, that has seen hopes dashed upon the rocks of academia on many an occasion. But the perseverance of our University’s historians Dr Nancy Cushing and Dr James Bennett, with the sustained attention of expat Professor Erik Eklund, has finally produced Radical Newcastle the book.

Radical Newcastle is a collection of essays by leading scholars, local historians and present day radical activistss that documents both the iconic events of the region’s radical past, and less well-known actions seeking social justice for workers, women, Aboriginal people and the environment.

The book will be officially launched during 2015’s Hunter Writers Festival in the Newcastle Town Hall on 22nd March at 3pm, where it will be available for sale to the wider community.

It will be launched by the UON Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen, at a session hosted by Dr Nancy Cushing, and featuring local identities Mrs Vera Deacon, Daniela Heil and Professor John Maynard.

For Radical Newcastle writers and contributors, who provided articles that couldn’t fit into the book, or had to be edited down, and to those who didn’t make the ‘deadline’, please remember that you can always send us the full version of the article for inclusion on the blog, please consider that option.

For further info:

The solitary copy of Radical Newcastle welcomed to the University on Wednesday 4th March 2015

The solitary copy of Radical Newcastle welcomed to the University on Wednesday 4th March 2015

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Dear “Radical Newcastle” supporter,

The editorial collective of Radical Newcastle is currently in negotiations with a premier scholarly press in New South Wales regarding a publication contract. The publisher is very interested in the proposal that we submitted and it would be a great outcome to secure this publisher for the book. Decisions by publishing houses are often finely balanced financial decisions and we therefore need to cover as many bases as we possibly can to strengthen our chances of success when our proposal is put before the Board of the publisher.

One of the critical issues that will decide the outcome – in addition to a publication subsidy – is being able to offer a pre-sales commitment that we have a ready and interested market for “Radical Newcastle”. Judging by the turn out for the Radical Newcastle panel at the Newcastle Writers Festival earlier this year we have no doubt there is a viable market for our book. Furthermore, we already know, for instance, that Newcastle Trades Hall will purchase 20 copies of the book.

What we would like to do in the first instance is to get from you – our most dedicated Radical Newcastle supporters – an indication of your intention to pre-purchase one copy of the book. If we could get a strong indication that our immediate network would agree to pre-purchase say a total of 100 copies of the book, this would be a major factor in our favour.

Saying that you would be interested in purchasing a copy, in no way binds you to actually do so, we are only seeking expressions of interest at this stage to get an idea of the volume we need to order.

Please let us know if you would be interested in possibly purchasing a copy or copies by sending an email to the following address:

Thank you for your patience with this process and for your continuing support.

All the best,
James Bennett
For the Radical Newcastle editorial collective