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. From Darwin to remote schools in Katherine, Barunga, and Beswick.
Our writers had a few things to say about Day 1 in Darwin:
Laurie May is a poet and desert rat whose work challenges norms and explores identity.
“Always the most anxiety filled, I reckon anyway. I was already drenched in sweat. A combination of nerves, sinusitis and what I can only describe as weather akin to being in one of those huge steamers that you make tamales in. Dry season anyone? The sessions were amazing, I was so glad to be back at Darwin High. I had just as much fun there as last year, the kids are super on to it and I got all of them writing. Which is always my goal. I really am looking forward to the poetry slam, there’s some real talent coming out of schools for it this year. Kids these days are so much more into politics and world issues than I remember from my school years… Must be the internet. We packed everything up as quick as we could and hit the road, headed south. Through the monsoonal downpour and rapidly formed but monstrous puddles I drove us safely to the sweet salvation of Katherine. Her waiting arms welcomed us in and the strain of the drive melted away like the fat rendering on the hot stone at the Paraway. Still my favourite place to stay here, 8 years in the fanclub and nothing has changed. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.”
Leisl Egan writes for ABC3 and churns out short fiction.
“The Darwin High set are a vivid bunch, and it was awesome to see them turn a simple exercise about comedy sketches into Jesus Christ ordering too many pumpkin spice lattes in a cafe. With this many creative minds I feel assured for the future of TV comedy.”
Eleri Harris is a journalist and cartoonist hailing from Tasmania.
“We saw a burning truck and cane toads and a kid created a character called Lil’ Wayne who got hit by an asteroid and just rapped about it.”
Images by Tasmanian cartoonist and festival guest, Eleri Harris.