Larrimah Retreat Blog
Darwin writer and poet Kaye Aldenhoven went to Larrimah – a tiny settlement on the Stuart Highway, about 400 kilometres south of Darwin – for the third annual Andrew McMillan Memorial Retreat. Andrew left a bequest to the NT Writers’ Centre to enable this retreat, and it’s currently held at Larrimah, where Andrew is buried. (more…)
Five minutes with Australia’s best writers
Nominees for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
What are your tips for beating writer’s block? (more…)
Bulman – Remote Schools Tour
We woke to a sparkling cool morning in Bulman. The humidity had finally broke and the sun was shining. What better sign did we need that our day was going to be amazing? (more…)
Katherine High – Remote Schools Tour
2016 – Remote Schools Program
This year, with the support of the NT Government’s Community Benefit Fund, WORDSTORM writers’ festival has unleashed four emerging writers on schools in the Top End. (more…)
2016 Wordstorm – Day 3
Image by Tasmanian cartoonist and festival guest, Eleri Harris.
The Sun came up today. The weather was warm and humid. I woke up to a glowing review of THE BURNING ELEPHANT in the Sydney Morning Herald after another wonderful review in the Australian Book Review. Not every morning begins like this. (more…)
2016 Wordstorm – Day 2
Image by Paz Tassone.
This was Tony Birch’s first visit to Darwin and without him realising I spotted him just as I arrived at the Mirembena on Cavenagh Street, wearing a bright orange t-shirt, looking up. I wondered what he was doing but then it dawned on me. Tony was, just like his young, character Ren in the novel GHOST RIVER, looking at birds. Ren, I recalled, spends his days at the library researching birds and sketching them for hours. It was the perfect way for me to see him although I felt like a voyeur. (more…)
Wordstorm is here…
I drove north from Alice Springs with my wife and two daughters all the way up the Stuart highway to attend WORDSTORM a four-day celebration of words, culture and ideas in the Top End. The festival’s theme is ‘The Fabric of Family’ and I’m curious how writers from the Northern Territory and beyond will describe and share their versions of families. (more…)
Introducing Wordstorm 2016 – the fabric of family
In the case that you missed Mary Anne Butler’s brilliant speech at the 2016 Wordstorm Program Launch last week, read on…
Like many brilliant literary initiatives, the first ever WordStorm writers’ festival was conceived over a very long night with far too much wine.
This is the little-known history of its origins… (more…)