This year, for the first time ever, our pilot Satellite Sessions program livestreamed festival sessions from the NT Writers’ Festival to libraries and other community venues across the Northern Territory.


For us, the Satellite Sessions were an experiment in technology, and in connecting up with different parts of our unique region over conversations that, we think, can only be had here.


We are still in the process of gathering feedback and evaluating the project. Our venue survey can be found here. This information will inform how we run the project in 2018 when our Festival returns again to Darwin.


This project was supported by a Festival Outreach grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.

The full 2017 Satellite Sessions Livestream program was as listed below:

Saturday 20 May

9:15 – 9:45 Ayeye thipe-akerte, Arrernte stories about birds, Therese Ryder

10:00 – 10:45 Tim Low: Birds and Us

11:00 – 11:45 The Writing and Work of Two Lives Crossing – Veronica Dobson & Fiona Walsh, with Josie Douglas

12:00 – 1:00 Crossing Country: recovering, remapping, retelling – Kim Mahood, Bruce Pascoe, Charlie Ward, Felicity Castagna

1:45 – 2:45 No More Boats, Felicity Castagna & Humble, Abe Nouk

3:00 – 4:00 Gulf Country Songbook: Yanyuwa, Marra, Garrwa and Gudanji Songs

4:15 – 5:15 Cross Currents: the trace of past places, stories and mythologies – Eunice Andrada, Chris Raja, Craig San Roque, Michelle Cahill

Sunday 21 May

9:40 – 10:10 Yurntumu-wardingki juju-ngaliya-kurlangu yawulyu: Warlpiri women’s songs from Yuendumu

10:30 – 11:30 Two Memoirs – Pictures from my memory: my story as a Ngaatjatjarra woman, Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis & The House of Lies, Renee McBryde 11:45 – 12:45 Crossing Forms: pushing the boundaries of books – Karin Riederer, Barbara Martin, Georgia Curran, Julia Burke

1:00 – 1:30 The Crying Place, Lia Hills

1:45 – 2:45 Q&A: Why these stories of trouble when there are so many stories to tell? – Kieran Finnane

3:00 – 4:00 Language Crossings – Lia Hills, Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis, Agustinus Wibowo, Terri-ann White

4:15 – 5:15 Homecomings, Memoir & Landscape – Kim Mahood & Agustinus Wibowo