NTWF 2021 | August 26-29 | Anpernirrentye | Everything is connected

In 2021 NT Writers Festival returns to Mparntwe | Alice Springs. Featuring four days of books, words, performance and more, the program reflects an inclusive Australian narrative, and celebrate the communities, languages and environment of this spectacular region and its people.

The Festival takes place in the unique arid-lands of the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens from August 26-29. It is an unforgettable experience for readers and writers alike, and for those interested in ideas, culture, stories and language.


Anpernirrentye | Everything is connected

The theme for the 2021 NT Writers Festival – Alice Springs is anpernirrentye | everything is connected. This draws from the Arrernte concept of anpernirrentye, the Arrernte relationship system, which describes the way in which everything is connected to everything else – people, animals, land, language and culture. Last year our interconnectedness with the larger web of life was illuminated like never before, as we reckoned with firestorms, floods and a global pandemic, and felt the fragility of the systems we depend upon. This festival we bring our minds to anpernirrentye and the connections between all things.

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With thanks to Arrernte language and cultural consultant Veronica Dobson for her assistance in developing the theme and to the 2021 NT Writers Festival Advisory Committee: Sylvia Purrurle NealeLeni ShiltonMeg Mooney and Gabriel Curtin.


About the festival

The NT Writers Festival (NTWF) is a four-day festival that emphasises Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity, bringing people together to share story, language and culture. Held annually, the festival’s location alternates between Darwin and Alice Springs. With a thousand miles between locations, 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.

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.




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 Skies shimmer and so do the stories’

-Trent Dalton

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