The NT Writers Centre encourages vibrant literary activity in the Northern Territory, developing and supporting writers in all genres at all stages of their careers. We value quality NT writing as a unique component of Australia’s literary wealth and recognise Indigenous writers and storytellers as a core component of this.
NT Writers’ Festival Rotates annually between Darwin and Alice Springs
Territory Read Biennial NT Book Awards
Imprint Annual members magazine
Andrew McMillan Memorial Residency and Eco House Residency Annual writers residencies
Executive Director – Darwin Sally Bothroyd
Program Manager – Alice Springs Fiona Dorrell
Festival Director, 2017 NT Writers’ Festival – Alice Springs Dani Powell
Our Board Members as of May 2016 are –
President: Dr Martin Jarvis OAM (Darwin)
Professor Martin Jarvis OAM has a great deal of experience as a board member of funded arts organisations, both in Australia and the UK, as well as much experience Chairing. He is a published author of two books, and many journal articles, published in the Australia, the UK and USA.
Vice-president: Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston (Darwin)
Adelle has a PhD in literature and lectures at Charles Darwin University. She was a winner of last year’s Northern Territory Literary Awards and peer-reviews for Humanities journal. She has published literary scholarship as well as poetry and short stories in two anthologies. Adelle is an active committee member of Australasian Universities Languages and Literature (AULLA).
Treasurer: Dalton Dupuy (Alice Springs)
Secretary: Michelle Coleman (Darwin)
Michelle Coleman is a Darwin PR consultant who specialises in media advice and quality writing and research. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism, was awarded the UQ Daily Miracle Bursary and has worked as a journalist and Chief of Staff for Channel 9 and the ABC. Michelle has been a board member since 2015.
Regional Representative: Linda Wells (Alice Springs)
Linda Wells has lived in Central Australia for nearly three decades, in and around Alice Springs. She has done quite a bit of teaching and runs a small business, Foot Falcon Guided Walking Tours. Linda’s publications include Still a Town Like Alice and Kultitja: Memoir of an Outback Schoolteacher. Linda has been a board member since 2015.
Public Officer: Fernanda Dahlstrom (Darwin)
Fernanda Dahlstrom is a solicitor who has been practicing in the NT since 2009. She has also worked as a teacher of English as a Second Language and is an emerging author of short stories and flash fiction. She has won or been shortlisted for several awards for short fiction.
David James (Darwin)
David James is a poet and multi-award winner radio documentary producer. Has worked for the UN in East Timor, Afghanistan and Liberia. Has served on numerous arts boards in Darwin and now second year on the NTWC board. He represented Darwin at the Australian National Poetry Slam in 2013.
Nicola Pitt (Alice Springs)
Nicola Pitt worked in Sydney’s book industry for six years at the publishing houses of Pan Macmillan, Random House and Hachette. As a book publicist she organised publicity campaigns for both international and Australian writers, encompassing many writers festivals around the country. She has a keen interest in the arts in general, and three years ago moved to Alice Springs to work at the CAAMA Music record label.
Toni Tapp Coutts (Katherine)
Toni Tapp Coutts is the Deputy Mayor of Katherine Town Council and a published author. She has been a member of NTWC for many years and is a former board member. Toni has been a member of the Katherine Region of Writers (KROW) for over 20 years and has extensive experience in governance, boards and committees.
Ktima Heathcote (Tennant Creek)
Ktima Heathcote is the PR & Events Manager for Barkly Regional Council and a published author. She has been a member of NTWC for several years and set up Barkly Writers Ink in 2010. She is passionate about helping regional writers get published and finding new opportunities and avenues to get their voice heard.
Alice Springs Advisory Committee
The NTWC would also like to acknowledge the invaluable ongoing work of our Alice Springs advisory committee –
Craig San Roque
Work with Us
From time-to-time the Writers’ Centre employs local writers to run ‘Guided Writer Groups.’ Download a pdf with more information here: information-for-writing-group-tutors.
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