Announcing the first and second line-up of writers joining us for the 2019 NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs. More announcements across February/March. Full program available April.
Charles Massy has been farming for forty years, developing a Merino sheep stud business. Growing concerns about the degradation of the land and the human sustainability challenge led him to undertake a PhD in Human Ecology. He has authored several books, including the widely acclaimed Breaking the Sheep’s Back (UQP, 2011). His work has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, the Ashurst Business Literature Prize, and the Queensland Literary Awards, and the Nib Literary Award.
Call of the Reed Warbler explores transformative agriculture and the connection between our soil and our health.
Patti Miller: author of The Last One Who Remembers,Whatever The Gods Do, The Mind of a Thief, Ransacking Paris,Child, (A&U) and writing texts, Writing Your Life, The Memoir Bookand Writing True Stories. The Joy of High Placeswill be published in 2019.
Patti is published in newspapers and journals, including SMH, The Age, The Australian, Island, Southerly, Meanjin. She teaches writing at universities, Faber Academy, Writers’ Centres and in Paris and London.
Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP) which won the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Multicultural Prize 2018, and was longlisted for the Dobbie Award. Her writing has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri. Her four-part radio documentary series, On the tip of a billion tongues (ABC RN Earshot) is a portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award. See more at https://roannagonsalves.com.au
Violet Wadrill is a senior Gurindji cultural custodian, and one of the four authors of Karu: Growing up Gurindji, to be published in 2019. This bi-lingual book celebrates Indigenous childrearing practices. Artist and storyteller, Violet was a finalist in the National Not-For-Profit Digital Technology Award for Storytelling in 2018. Along with co-authors Biddy Wavehill Yamawurr, Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal and Research Fellow in Linguistics at the University of Queensland, Felicity Meakins, Violet has worked extensively on the documentation of her language and the growing body of Gurindji work.
LISTEN Gurindji Kriol
Morris Gleitzman is a bestselling Australian children’s author. His books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in humourous and unexpected ways. His titles include Two Weeks With The Queen, Grace, Doubting Thomas, Bumface, Give Peas A Chance, Extra Time, Loyal Creatures, Snot Chocolate and the series Once, Then, Now, After, Soon and Maybe. Morris lives in Sydney and Brisbane, and his books are published in more than twenty countries.
Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at the University of Western Australia. Her research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. Her books include The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights (NewSouth, 2012), which won the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards’ History Book Award, andCalling the Shots:
Aboriginal photographies (ed.) (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2014), which brings together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars to explore the Indigenous meanings of the photographic archive. Her most recent books include Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre (ed.) (NewSouth, 2018) and Visualising Human Rights (ed.) (UWA Publishing, 2018).
Charmaine Papertalk Green
Charmaine Papertalk Green
Charmaine Papertalk Green was born at Eradu on the Greenough River between Mullewa and Geraldton on Amangu country, and is a member of the Wajarri and Badimaya groups from the Yamaji Nation of Western Australia. She is a visual and installation artist, poet and writer and was instrumental in the incubation of the nationally and internationally touring exhibition Ilgarijiri – things belonging to the skyarts and cultural project.
Declan Furber Gillick
Declan Furber Gillick
Declan is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician working in theatre, poetry and Hip-Hop. He was born in Mparntwe on Arrernte country and lives in Preston on Wurundjeri country. His creative practice incorporates cultural and community organising, education and facilitation. Declan completed a Masters in Writing for Performance at Victorian College of the Arts in 2017 and has had work read with the Melbourne Theatre Company and Little Theatre Company in 2018. This year he was accepted to develop new work with Ilbijerri and Melbourne fringe in their Deadly Fringe program. Declan is an Arrernte Sovereign National.
LISTEN Segments: Bighouse Dreaming
Award-winning writer Merlinda Bobis has 4 novels, 6 poetry books and 9 dramatic works, some of which she performed for stage and radio. For her, writing is homecoming: a return to roots, a retrieval through memory, and a reckoning with loss hopefully with care and grace. Her novel, Locust Girl. A Lovesong, received the 2016 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the Philippine National Book Award. Accidents of Composition is her latest poetry collection. merlindabobis.com.au
LISTEN Accidents of Composition
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