Rosemarie Milsom


Country: Australia

Rosemarie Milsom is the founding director of the Newcastle Writers’ Festival, which celebrated its 10th edition in April 2022. Rosemarie launched the festival after a 20-year career as an award-winning journalist in Newcastle and Sydney, primarily with Fairfax Media. She is passionate about creating stories, and she founded the festival to provide Hunter region writers a venue to showcase their work and give local audiences the chance to interact with prominent Australian authors. She thinks Australian actress Hannah Gadsby put it well in her inflammatory performance Nanette: Stories hold our cure. Rosemarie is aware of the particular difficulties faced by artists and viewers in rural areas, even though Newcastle is renowned for its vibrant and resourceful arts scene. She is committed to helping break down barriers that contribute to their underrepresentation in cultural activity. She is passionate about working with other local arts organizations and believes that sharing ideas and resources has a direct impact on the health and vibrancy of the sector.

Rosemarie Milsom adalah direktur pendiri Newcastle Writers’ Festival, yang merayakan edisi ke-10 pada April 2022. Rosemarie meluncurkan festival tersebut setelah 20 tahun berkarir sebagai jurnalis pemenang penghargaan di Newcastle dan Sydney, terutama dengan Fairfax Media. Ia selalu bersemangat dalam membuat cerita dan mendirikan festival untuk memberikan ruang bagi para penulis di wilayah Hunter untuk menunjukan karya mereka dan memberi kesempatan kepada pembaca lokal untuk berinteraksi dengan penulis terkemuka Australia. Menurutnya aktris Australia Hannah Gadsby tampil dengan sangat baik dalam penampilannya Nanette: Stories hold our cure. Rosemarie sadar akan kesulitan yang dihadapi oleh seniman dan penikmat seni di daerah pedesaan, meskipun Newcastle terkenal dengan seni yang meriah dan kreatif. Ia berkomitmen untuk membantu menghilangkan hambatan yang timbul karena kurangnya representasi mereka dalam aktivitas budaya. Ia bekerja keras dengan organisasi seni lokal lainnya dan percaya bahwa berbagi ide dan sumber daya memiliki dampak langsung pada kesehatan dan semangat sektor tersebut. 

Appearing in

Main Program | Unlocking Medium and Genre in Writing

How does storytelling differ from one medium to another? Join writer and comedian Sami Shah, documentary producer Kirsti Melville, and writer Brigid Delaney as they present writing across different genres …


Main Program | In Conversation with Desi Anwar

In The Art of Solitude, Desi Anwar’s musings and random thoughts captured during the time of Covid shows us that solitude is neither torment nor an affliction to be feared …