Second Line-up Announcement
We are delighted to announce that multi award-winning writers Laura Jean McKay and Omar Sakr will be joining us at this year’s NT Writers Festival, alongside celebrated Ngukurr Elder and artist Karen Rogers and one of Australia’s leading historians Mark McKenna.
Laura Jean McKay’s wildly original debut novel, The Animals In That Country, which won the 2021 Victorian Prize for Literature, upends the usual assumptions about the animal kingdom. Arab-Australian writer Omar Sakr’s visceral yet deeply lyrical poetry confronts issues of family, identity and nation. His most recent collection The Lost Arabs won the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for poetry.
With stunning artwork and a lyrical text in Kriol and English, Karen Rogers’ picture book, Main Abija – My Grandad, is at once a tribute to her much-loved grandfather and a celebration of Aboriginal culture and country. Mark McKenna’s compelling history, Return to Uluru, is a story of recognition and return that goes to the very heart of the country.
These brilliant writers are part of an exciting program, yet to be announced, featuring four days of talks, performances and immersive experiences in an unforgettable location, the Olive Pink Botanic Garden in Mparntwe/Alice Springs.
Full program launch and tickets available Thursday 22nd July.