When we first set out to explore our 2020 theme, Gunamidirra garawa birditj | when the tides turn, we expected to talk about change and transformation. We could never have predicted just how sweeping some of the shifts of this year would be. As we emerge into a ‘new normal’ shaped by the Covid-19, we are finding many of the ideas and themes from our May program are still relevant, perhaps more so than before: How are we made and remade? What can we change and what do we hold on to? How do we hold loss alongside possibility? And, we might add: How do we make sense of a shifting world?

So join us, for a somewhat reimagined but no less vital program, from 1-4 October 2020. We feel tremendously excited and fortunate that we are still able to bring you four days of storytelling, discussions, conversations, walks, readings, music and laughter at the beautiful new venue at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, now carefully managed to adhere to safe physical distancing and hygiene principles.

We’ll be bringing together some of the unique NT voices who have thrilled you in the past, plus one or two extra-special interstate guests, as well as utilising digital platforms to help us connect with writers from around Australia and across the seas.

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.


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The 2020 NT Writers Festival would not be possible without the support of our major funders and sponsors. Thank you!

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