The first announcement of the storytellers and writers joining us for the 2020 NT Writers’ Festival–Darwin. More announcements coming across February and April.
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. He is a staff writer for the Weekend Australian Magazine and a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism. His second novel, All Our Shimmering Skies is set in Darwin and will be published in June 2020.
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). He is the author of No Friend but the Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison (Picador 2018) which 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.
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. Top End Girl (Hachette, 2020) is her literary debut.