Bringing people together to share story, language and culture

The NT Writers Festival (NTWF) is a four-day festival shaped by place that speaks to and from the heart of Australia and the Northern Territory. The Festival emphasises Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity and offers unique immersive experiences. Whether its admiring the lush beauty of the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, counting the stars in the desert sky to the dulcet tones of a cello, or listening to poetry readings against the backdrop of a glorious tropical sunset, the NT Writers Festival is a festival like no other.

Founded in 1999, NTWF has hosted an impressive array of some of Australia’s most distinguished writers, thinkers and storytellers, including Bruce Pascoe, Kim Mahood, Christos Tsiolkas, Morris Gleitzman and Alexis Wright.

Held annually, the festival’s location alternates between Darwin and Alice Springs. With a thousand miles between them, the festival shifts from the tropics to the desert, from coastal to inland, from Larrakia to Arrernte country, creating a character which reflects the diversity – environmental, cultural and social – of the Northern Territory itself.

The 2021 NT Writers Festival will take place at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden from August 26-29. Check the website or follow us on our socials for lineup announcements and more information soon!




Northern Territory Writers’ Centre acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, meet and live across the Northern Territory.  We recognise Australia’s First Nations people as the first and rightful storytellers and keepers of knowledge of our land and pay our respects to elders –  past, present and emerging.

The perfect small festival…exactly the right atmosphere to explore big and complex ideas in the company of generous minds. All in a location reminding us that stories are the foundation of every civilisation.’

-Morris Gleitzman

‘There are few writers’ festivals in Australia that I would argue are unique – that mould into the landscape and cannot exist anywhere else – but this is the exact nature of the NT Writers’ Festival.’

-Michael Mohammed Ahmad

‘I have been to quite a few writers’ festivals, but this one made the deepest impression by far.’

-Arnold Zable


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