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The Velvet Chair

Event Description


Enjoy an intimate showcase of live readings from the University of Newcastle’s Creative Writing students in a cozy, vintage-styled setting.

An exhibition of creative forms including prose, poetry, creative non-fiction and digital storytelling, the evening will also include a reading from the 2023 Karen Thrift Poetry Prize winner.

This live story-telling event truly celebrates the diversity of all writers and genres, providing a delightful, lamp-lit experience of student’s work.

Your MC for the evening will be local drag performer and literature lover, Chase Turquoise.

Join us from 6:30-8pm in Room 205, Q Building, upstairs after Chromatic Opening Night. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Full lineup coming soon!

This is a free event as part of Chromatic Festival. Registration is essential for room capacity. Light refreshments provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Special thanks to Clyde Street Studios for supporting the event.

Q Building, The University of Newcastle

16B Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle, NSW 2300

Thursday, 2nd November

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM 

Festival Opening starts at 6:00 PM Doors open 5:30 PM

Time and Date

Chromatic Festival and The University of Newcastle acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal Nation, Darkinjung Nation, Biripai Nation, Worimi Nation, Wonnarua Nation and Eora Nation. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.


Chromatic Festival and The University of Newcastle recognise that First Nations sovereignty was never ceded. This continent always was and always will be Aboriginal Land. 


We respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, and continuing relationship with the land, and recognise that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession.

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