2016 Resident Writers
WRITERS ROAMING DARWIN BOTANIC GARDENS AND DOWN THE TRACK
An author writing a novel set in the Northern Territory before European settlement is benefiting from a writer’s retreat in the George Brown Botanic Gardens in Darwin.
The NT Writers’ Centre offers an annual residency opportunity at the George Brown Botanic Gardens, and this year YA novellist Leonie Norrington has been chosen to spend two weeks living in the gardens.
Leonie is a Darwin author who has written many novels for children and young adults, and as part of the residency, she will take part in a Q&A for aspiring writers, on Sunday, August 21, 2-4pm.
She’ll also be doing some readings as part of the Tropical Garden Fair this weekend, at 10.30am on Saturday and Sunday in the “chillout zone” (Holtze Lawn).
The NT Writers’ Centre is also pleased to announce the inaugural Andrew McMillan Memorial Writer’s Retreat will take place this year in the remote township of Larrimah.
The retreat is the result of a bequest to the NT Writers’ Centre by the late author Andrew McMillan (Strict Rules, An Intruder’s Guide to Arnhem Land), who had a long association with the centre. Andrew asked that the NTWC use the bequest to establish an annual retreat for an emerging author “across genres”. The first retreat will be held at the Larrimah Hotel, about 450 kilometres south-east of Darwin, as it was a favourite writing spot of Andrew McMillan, and he’s buried near the small settlement.
Applications were called for earlier this year, and the first writer to benefit from the retreat is Kylie Stevenson, a journalist who is working on an historical novel. Later this year she will spend two weeks at the Larrimah Hotel, where hopefully a lack of distractions will help her finish a first draft.