First Writers Announced | 2020 NT Writers Festival–Darwin
Announcing the first line-up of writers joining us for the 2020 NT Writers Festival–Darwin.
With a mix of international, interstate and local writers and storytellers working across a range of genres, the NT Writers Festival provides a platform for both emerging and established authors to share their work. Four of our special guests for 2020 are now announced below!
Miranda Tapsell was born in Darwin and her people are the Larrakia and Tiwi. Building on a stellar acting career, she wrote, produced and starred in the box office hit Top End Wedding. Tapsell’s podcast on BuzzFeed, Pretty for an Aboriginal, with Nakkiah Lui, rocks the traditional perceptions of Indigenous Australia and challenges rigid mindsets of what women of colour can and cannot do.
In 2020 she launches Top End Girl (Hachette, 2020) her literary debut and powerful memoir offering insight into movie making, and the power of storytelling to change attitudes, expectations, and the negative narratives that have been curated about Aboriginal people and particularly Aboriginal women for too long. As Miranda reveals, we all need to understand so things can change.
Trent Dalton is the author of multi-award winning, bestselling novel, Boy Swallows Universe (Harper Collins, 2018), which broke records to become the fastest selling Australian debut novel ever and received four Australian Book Industry Awards, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award in 2019.
Boy Swallows Universe is a gritty and romantic coming-of-age story about brothers growing up in Brisbane’s outer suburbs. It is heavily based on Trent Dalton’s own adolescence growing up in a world of small-time criminality, intergenerational violence, unemployment and alcoholism.
Fans eagerly await the June release of his second novel, All Our Shimmering Skies, set during the bombing of Darwin. He is a staff writer for the Weekend Australian Magazine and a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist, scholar, cultural advocate and filmmaker. From 2013 to 2017 he was a political prisoner incarcerated by the Australian government in the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (Papua New Guinea). In late 2019 was amongst the last detainees to be moved to Port Moresby after the facility was closed in 2017. Presently he is in New Zealand still facing an uncertain future.
Boochani’s multi-award-winning book, No Friend But the Mountains (Picador 2018), was written in Farsi on a smuggled mobile phone in a series of text messages using WhatsApp. The book is a tremendous and lyric expression of the human spirit and offers a fierce critique of the Australian immigration detention system.
The book won the prestigious Victorian Prize for Literature in 2019 and has been published to wide acclaim around the world. He is a regular contributor to a range of media outlets including The Guardian.
Although Australian Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton has publicly stated Boochani will never enter Australia, Behrouz will join us via video conference to discuss hope, nonviolent resistance, and the power of art to name injustice and create political change.
More program announcements via our website, facebook and eNews across March/April. Full Program announced in April.