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Well-respected doctor swanning into Cessnock


Cessnock will play a part in the Newcastle Writers Festival yet again, with ABC’s resident COVID expert Dr Norman Swan heading to the city.

The 2023 edition, which kicks off next month, features former Australian of the Year Grace Tame, Jane Harper, Holly Ringland, Craig Silvey, Andrew Quilty, Amy Thunig, Jackie Huggins and Nardi Simpson, as well as best-selling authors Tim Baker, Richard Fidler, Indira Naidoo, Jock Serong, Holly Throsby and Pip Williams, among others.

But, Dr Swan is also scheduled to venture further up the valley for a special event, to be hosted by ABC podcast host and producer Matt Bevan, at the Performance Arts Culture Cessnock (PACC) on Saturday 1 April.

Cessnock City mayor Jay Suvaal said it was another amazing opportunity for Cessnock.

“Newcastle Writers Festival is now one of Australia’s largest regional literary events,” he stated.

“And, 2023 marks its 10th anniversary.

“Council, along with Cessnock City Library, is excited to join this fantastic celebration of writers – and welcomes visitors to our local government area.”

Residents are invited to hear Dr Swan in conversation about the ultimate dream – to stay as young as possible, for as long as possible.

He’ll explore the science, myths and mistruths that surround ageing, too.

Trained in paediatrics, Dr Swan was one of the first medically qualified journalists in Australia, with a broadcast career spanning more than 30 years.

He currently hosts Radio National’s The Health Report and co-hosts Coronacast, while reporting on 7.30 and Four Corners, and appearing on The Drum and occasionally Radio National Breakfast.

Dr Swan also has a deep strategic knowledge of the Australian healthcare system and is committed to evidence-based approaches to help young people, which is why he sits on the board of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.

He was the co-founder of Tonic Media Network, a health channel that plays in GPs’ waiting rooms, as well.

Tickets to The Lowdown on Longevity: Norman Swan in Conversation with Matt Bevan are $30 and available online or by contacting PACC on 4993 4266.

Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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