NT Writers’ Festival – Alice Springs
The NT Writers’ Festival returns to Alice Springs next year and runs from 18-21 May, on the cusp of the desert winter.
In 2017 storytellers, songwomen and writers will come together under the theme Crossings | Iwerre-atherre.
Home to the Arrernte people, Alice Springs or Mparntwe is set against the breathtaking backdrop of the McDonnell Ranges, that carry the stories of giant caterpillar ancestors. Alice Springs is also a place of crossings – story, language, culture, knowledge systems. Here we are reminded daily that this is a storied landscape, and all stories, all writing, is written across and comes into conversation with country.
In Arrernte, the local Indigenous language, iwerre-atherre means two roads meeting, neither blocking nor erasing the other; two-way learning or travelling together.
We invite you to make the journey to the heart of the country to consider all kinds of crossings – linguistic, cultural and geographic; borders and boundaries; migrations, movements and diasporas.
I am pleased to announce the first line up of writers below. The full program will be published in April 2017. Until then you can read updates here.
2017 First Writers Announced
Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis
Veronica Perrule Dobson AM
Since 1998 the NT Writers’ Centre has presented the NT Writers’ Festival annually, alternating between Darwin (Wordstorm) and Alice Springs.
With a thousand miles between locations, the festival shifts from the tropics to the desert, from wet to dry, from coastal to inland, from Larrakia to Arrernte country, creating a kind of contrasting tone or character between festivals which reflects something of the diversity – environmental, cultural and social – of the Northern Territory itself.
The Festival is unique in Australia for profiling Indigenous Australian, South-East Asian, and Northern Territory voices.
Here is what people have to say about the NT Writer’s Festival:
There are few writers’ festivals in Australia that I would argue are unique – that mould into the landscape and cannot exist anywhere else – but this is the exact nature of the Eye of the Storm Festival.
– MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD
By far one of the greatest festivals I have ever attended as both a writer and punter…such a range of voices, stories and contributors – a true reflection of the literary and creative community in Australia.
– CANDY ROYALLE
I have been to quite a few writers’ festivals, but this one made the deepest impression by far.
– ARNOLD ZABLE, 2009