Publishers are looking for fresh, original Australian voices and powerful storytelling. They see the NT as one of the greatest, largely untapped sources of unique stories, people and perspectives in Australia. And they’re right; there’s no shortage of literary talent here! At the moment there are more than 50 published authors living in the Territory – Rod Moss, Barry Jonsberg, Mary Anne Butler, Joanne van Os, Jo Dutton and Marie Munkarra to name a few.
But to reach that level, Territory writers are faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges of distance, isolation, language and technological barriers. At the NT Writers Centre we work hard to support Territory writers and provide them with professional skills development, as well as access to editors, agents and publishers.
The NT Writers’ Centre also runs the much-loved NT Writers Festival, an inspiring four-day annual event that brings local authors and storytellers together with writers from across the nation. The Festival has cemented the NT’s position on the literary map and – with its innovative focus on place-based programming and First Nations voices – the Festival has established a reputation as one of the ‘must-see’ regional writers’ festivals.
With travel restrictions and lockdowns resulting in the cancellation of our 2021 NT Writers Festival (read the full statement), as well as affecting the delivery of our vibrant annual program, a donation of any amount makes a real difference. All donations to the NT Writers’ Centre are tax deductible.