The health and safety of all our writers, staff, guests and patrons is paramount. For this reason, the NT Writers Festival has made the unfortunate announcement it can no longer go ahead as scheduled from May 14-17. The Festival will be postponed to October 1-4, 2020. Thank you for your patience as we work through these challenges. More info

Festival Theme

Gunamidirra garawa birditj, Larrakia for when the tides turn 

The 2020 Festival theme, Gunamidirra garawa birditj | when the tides turn, explores our moments of change.

In Gulumerrdjin, Larrakia country, the sea and rivers reach onto the land. Places flux with cycles of monsoon and dry. How are we made and remade? What can we change and what do we hold on to? How do we hold loss alongside possibility?

In 2020, join writers and storytellers for a four-day celebration of books, language and stories asking us to consider the marks we leave behind, and how we face and create change.

Festival Lineup

Our first festival lineup announcement will be made in February. Our full program launches on 7 April! Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or subscribe to the NT Writers’ Centre eNews to stay up to date with the all the latest news!


Tickets will go on sale from 7 April 2020, once our full program is launched. Look at for Early Bird passes on sale soon!

Our program artwork Mangrove, is part of a series of etchings produced in Darwin and Arnhem Land by prominent contemporary Australian artist, Fiona Hall. Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

Thanks to Bilawara Lee, the Larrakia elder who assisted with the language. Also to the 2020 Program Advisory Committee, Johanna Bell, Mary Anne Butler, Penny Drysdale and Sandra Thibodeaux.