2019 Festival | Expressions of Interest
Expressions of Interest are currently open for writers to be programmed in the NT Writers’ Festival — Alice Springs 16-19 May, 2019.
NT Writers’ Festival — Alice Springs is a four-day festival of writing, culture and ideas at the heart of the country.
In 2019 writers and storytellers come together under the theme: lyapirtneme | returning (more…)
Winners of the NT poetry heats
Congratulations to the winners of the NT heats of the Australian Poetry Slam. Melanie Mununggurr-Williams from Darwin (depicted) and Mallory Potash from Alice Springs will be heading to Sydney to perform in the National championships.
Larrimah Retreat 2018
A panel of four judges met and discussed the applications, and the successful author heading to Larrimah for the 2018 Andrew McMillan Memorial Retreat is Palmerston writer Kaye Aldenhoven.
Kaye is a poet and writer, who is working on a memoir of her life in the NT.
Thanks to all the people who were brave enough to apply.
Expressions of Interest | 2019 Workshop Program
The NT Writers’ Centre invites proposals from authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters and writers of fiction and nonfiction, to take part in our 2019 program of events. We also welcome proposals from editors and publishing industry professionals. (more…)
NT chair for FNAWN!
Preceding the FNAWN National Workshop Canberra 23-26 August, Central Australian poet, academic and stand-up comedienne Yvette Holt was appointed Chairperson of the First Nations Australia Writers Network. Yvette brings with her to the position of Chair more than 15 years of literary experience across fields of research Auslit: The Resource for Australian Literature (UQ 2006-2009), Lecturer of Diploma of Creative Indigenous Writing (CDU, Batchelor Institute 2012-2015), Fred Hollows See My World Indigenous youth and literacy, and Director of the National Indigenous Writers & Education Conference (University Wollongong, CDU 2010-2011). Having facilitated, promoted, edited and mentored for more than a decade in the Northern Territory with NTWC, IAD Press and Barkly Arts, Brisbane-born multi-national award winning poet Yvette, continues to live, write and work in Alice Springs.
Yvette Says: “The Northern Territory is home to some of Australia’s most unique and acclaimed writers, storytellers and poets, as a self-proclaimed Territorian, I am keen to work with and cultivate all writers to publish their very best armour of literature. Emphatically, I would encourage all First Nations Territorians to write, write, write. These are the most exciting and enriching times for our writers and poets to continue anchoring their history and creative writing into the landscape of Australian literature. I would encourage all Aboriginal writers of the NT to take membership with FNAWN. Check out our homepage for more information and updates on FNAWN.” FNAWN website link
Eight scripts selected
Congratulations to the eight central Australian playwrights whose ten-minute scripts have been selected to be developed in a ten-day intensive as part of the Totem Theatre Short Play Program.
The intensive will take place in late October with playwright Sandra Thibodeaux.
The plays developed as part of this process will be produced and staged in 2019.
The selection panel was thrilled by the quality and number of submissions received and about the diversity of the selected plays. Thanks to everyone who submitted and we look forward to workshopping and presenting the following new works:
A Family Portrait–Jo Dutton
Lady Haha goes to Rehab–Bianca Gonos
No Spanish Mackerel!–Biddy O’Loughlin
The Mission–Kristy Schubert
Alcoota Passion–Michael Watts
This initiative is proudly supported by the NT Writers’ Centre.
Deckchair fundraiser in Darwin!
Come and see a great film while also helping us raise funds for our program of workshops and opportunities for NT writers and aspiring writers!
Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) is a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty – the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his “art” with grace and humour. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises and Joan’s reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe’s Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan’s coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career. THE WIFE is the film version of the best-selling book by Meg Wollitzer.
Showing on Sunday October 14.
2018 Andrew McMillan Emerging Writer’s Residency
NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs | Save the Date
We’re thrilled to announce that NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs will take place 16-19 May 2019.
Keep an eye on our website for announcements and details.
We can’t wait to see you there again!
The last Sunday of the month, it’s the open mic, spoken word afternoon, presented by the NT Writers’ Centre.
This month’s theme: Showtime
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Place: The Darwin Railway Club, Somerville Gardens, Parap
Cost: $5/ or free for kids or performers
New Darwin office!
The Darwin office of the NT Writers’ Centre has moved!
All of the arts organisations in the Frog Hollow Centre of the Arts are in the process of moving due to the construction of Barneson Boulevard.
The new NTWC Darwin office is on the second floor of Harbour View Plaza, 8 McMinn Street. Hopefully we’ll also be able to use a conference room on the second floor for writing workshops.
2018 Territory Read winners
NT Literary Awards
The annual Northern Territory Literary Awards have celebrated the work of Northern Territory writers for more than 35 years. It is part of an ongoing program of events at the Northern Territory Library that celebrate the achievements of established and emerging writers, storytellers and prominent Territorians. (more…)
New board elected
Thanks to everyone who came along to the AGM. We had a huge turnout!
As per the constitution, all board positions were declared vacant, and a new board was elected (although we’re happy to see some previous board members returning for another term).
Our Board Members as of May 30, 2018 are – (more…)
2018 Territory Read Shortlist
The NT Writers’ Centre was pleased to announce the 2018 Territory Read Shortlist at the festival opening of Wordstorm Darwin.
This year, the judges received and considered 24 individual works over a number of categories. The incredibly varied submissions provided a unique insight into the diversity and breadth of NT writers and the stories they tell. Especially notable was the large number of non-fiction entries, ranging from touching memoirs of individuals to more scholarly works capturing NT history and history makers.
Book of the month
Living in HopeBuy Now