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A Festival Shaped by Place

NT Writers’ Centre supports, develops and showcases vibrant writing and storytelling in the Northern Territory – celebrating the unique contribution of NT stories and storytellers to Australia’s cultural identity.

2023 NT Writers Festival. Photo: Oliver Eclipse.

Our cornerstone event – the NT Writers Festival – is the Northern Territory’s premier literary showcase. Held alternately in Mparntwe | Alice Springs and Garrmalang | Darwin, it is a festival like no other, bringing readers, writers and storytellers together in an annual celebration of ideas, words, stories, language and culture.

Taking place in iconic outdoor locations, the festival showcases the unique cultures, environments and rich First Nations heritage of the NT.

This year, NTWF returned to the Olive Pink Botanic Garden to explore the theme of mwantye-le awaye | listen deeply.

The program was filled with spellbinding performances, deep discussions, and heartfelt conversations about books, ideas and stories, and about significant issues affecting us all. Holding all of this together was the constant presence of Arrernte Country — the full moon illuminating readings by the campfire, the thunder and rain punctuating a discussion about listening to the land.

Why we need your support

Ticket revenue covers less than 15% of the cost of running the NT Writers Festival. To continue to bring world-class guests into conversation with artists and storytellers from around the NT, NT Writers Centre is seeking your support. 

The costs of travel to the NT and around the NT are often much higher than to other cities. Help us ensure that we can continue to foster dialogue between NT artists and high calibre writers from around the world. 

Donate now to NT Writers’ Centre to ensure we can:

  • keep delivering great events, bringing world-class interstate and international authors to NT
  • expand our kids’ programming, providing engaging events for children of all ages, fostering a love of reading, writing and storytelling
  • support First Nations performers and storytellers from remote communities to participate in and attend the festival, sharing their rich language, culture and stories

With your support, we will continue bringing people together to share stories, language and culture through our annual festival. 

This end-of-financial-year, please consider making a donation to help secure the future of the NT Writers Festival. Donations of any amount help and all donations over $2 are tax-deductible.



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