NT Writers’ Festival


The NT Writers’ Festival will take place next year in Alice Springs with a four-day program from 16-19 May 2019.

NT Writers’ Centre are excited to announce the 2019 NT Writers’ Festival – Alice Springs theme:


lyapirtneme | returning


The Arrernte translates as something growing back or appearing again, after an absence. For example, new shoots returning after fire. This can only happen when the roots are still alive, when seeds lie dormant. The English invites us to think about going back to places, to the past, or something coming back to us. Each speaks of cycles and patterns; both reckon with loss.


We await with great anticipation the storytellers and writers who might illuminate this theme over the four-day festival.

Each year, the Festival alternates between Darwin and Alice Springs. With a thousand miles between locations, the festival shifts from the tropics to the desert, from wet to dry, from coastal to inland, from Larrakia to Arrernte country, creating a contrasting character between festivals which reflects the diversity – environmental, cultural and social – of the Northern Territory itself.

If you’d like to participate in the program, please submit an EOI to us by 13 November, 2018.




Here is what people have to say about the NT Writer’s Festival:

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 Eye of the Storm Festival.

By far one of the greatest festivals I have ever attended as both a writer and punter…such a range of voices, stories and contributors – a true reflection of the literary and creative community in Australia.

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