Writing history workshop
Do you want to add colour to an historical work, or do you want to inject some historical authenticity into a work of fiction?
Do you want to write a family history, but don’t know where to start?
Oral histories offer a unique window to the past.
Dr Matthew Stephen can tell you how to find oral histories in NT or national archives and libraries, or how to best record interviews yourself, if you’re researching a particular project.
Dr Matthew Stephen completed his PhD at Darwin’s Charles Darwin University in 2009. His thesis is entitled Contact Zones: Sport and Race in The Northern Territory, 1869–1953. A revised version of his thesis with the same title was published by Charles Darwin University Press in 2010. He has a particular interest in oral history and photography and why some stories are ‘often told’ while others are ‘forgotten’. These themes are explored in his 2015 book Colour Bar: Remembering and Forgetting Northern Territory Football 1916 to 1955.
Time: Sunday, April 8, 10am-1pm
Venue: Dementia Australia Training room, Nightcliff Community Centre, 18 Bauhinia Street, Nightcliff
WRITE NOW: DARWIN
Come write with a bunch of folk who are writing stuff. Anything. Everything. Everyone.
Hosted by a local writer in a lounge room setting, WRITE NOW is a laid-back get- together where you can work on whatever you like and be inspired by the constant tap of productive fingers and minds. You won’t be asked to share your writing (you can do that at Wild Words!) but you will get to share in a delicious afternoon tea and the buzz of writing together.
Held on the first Saturday of every month, 2 – 4pm @ ACCOMPLICE
Cost: $5 on arrival
Presented by NTWC in partnership with ACCOMPLICE & StoryProjects
Wordstorm 2018 | Save the Date
Wordstorm 2018 will take place in Darwin, May 24-27.
Keep an eye on our website for announcements and details.
Festival Director, Sally Bothroyd, can be contacted with enquiries at email@example.com
Territory Read Book of the Year
Submissions are now closed. The 2018 Territory Read Book of the Year shortlist will be announced at Wordstorm–Darwin, May 24-27. (more…)
Writing from Larrimah | Rochelle Nicholls
“The secret of it all is to write – without waiting for a fit time or place.”
– Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman knew the importance of every moment to a writer. Despite being lauded as the one of the greatest poets in American history, Whitman worked a succession of jobs throughout his life, including as a deliveryman, journalist, schoolmaster, and Civil War medic, cramming his writing into spare moments between his daily labors. This is a remarkably common phenomena, even among the giants of world literature. (more…)
2018 Year of True Stories
From Kim Mahood’s Craft for a Dry Lake, to Margaret Kemarre Turner’s Iwenhe Tyerrtye, to Marie Munkara’s Of Ashes & Rivers that Run to the Sea; the Northern Territory has a rich history of literature that weaves narrative with non-fiction to tell stories about culture, place and identity. (more…)
Imprint | December 2017
The December 2017 issue of imprint, the Northern Territory Writers’ Centre Journal is headed to members’ mailboxes.
Writing and reflections by Candy Royalle | Beth Sometimes | Georgia Curren + more. Meet Delhi author and 2018 Darwin Wordstorm guest speaker Mayank Austen Soofi. New fiction by Sylvia Purrurle Neale. Local books by Kieran Finnane + more.
Summer Office Closure
Please note that the NT Writers’ Centre offices in Darwin and Alice Springs will be closed for the Holiday period. Book sales will be delayed during this time.
Darwin Office Closure
December 14 to January 29
Alice Springs Closure
January 15 to February 15
NT Poets headed to Sydney
The winners of the NT heats of the Australian Poetry Slam, held in Alice Springs and Darwin over the last month, are headed to Sydney to perform in the national finals in Sydney on October 15. (more…)
Andrew McMillan Memorial Retreat in Larrimah
The NT Writers’ Centre is pleased to announce that the recipient of the second annual Andrew McMillan Memorial Retreat in Larrimah will be Rochelle Nicholls.
This year there were 19 applications from people interested in spending two weeks at the Larrimah Hotel while they worked on a literary project.
Andrew McMillan was a founding force of the NT Writers’ Centre, and left a bequest to enable the NT Writers’ Centre to offer this retreat to an emerging writer “across genres”.
Andrew often went to the Larrimah Hotel when he wanted to get some (mostly) uninterrupted writing time, and he is buried near the small settlement.
Rochelle is a NSW writer who is working on a biography of Aeneas Gunn, the husband of Jeannie Gunn who penned We of the Never Never, so no doubt the Larrimah retreat will be inspiring for her, and will help inform her project.
Congratulations 2017 Winners
Voices from the Fringe: Original podcasts
Listen to the podcasts made during our Darwin podcasting workshop, held in partnership with the Darwin Fringe Festival 2017. The podcasts were made on iphones and ipads using the Opinion app, and with the help of producer extraordinaire Will Tinapple.
The 2017 Satellite Sessions
2017 NT Writers’ Festival Satellite Session at Ngukurr Art Centre–Image courtesy of Courtney Collins
The Satellite Sessions was a pilot livestream program that took place as part of the 2017 NT Writers’ Festival.
New board members
The NT Writers’ Centre AGM was held on May 29, 2017 and the NTWC 2016 Annual Report was presented and accepted, along with the financial audit. As per the constitution, all board positions were vacated and a new board was re-elected.
Fortunately, most of the previous board members were nominated again, so the NTWC will retain their wisdom and experience. Long-time board member Fred van’t Sand was able to re-join the board after taking a year off, and the NTWC welcomed three brand new board members: Christian Bok, David Ketley and Carolyn Mison-Smith. The NTWC board for the next 12 months is:
2017 NT Writers’ Festival–Audience Survey
To all the wonderful audience members who made our 2017 NT Writers’ Festival such a success, we would love your feedback!
Please follow the below link to complete our Audience Survey.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts and making it all happen again next time!