First Writers Announced | 2017 NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs
Announcing the first line-up of writers joining us for the 2017 NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs. (more…)
Charlotte Wood book winners!
The winners of our book giveaway Charlotte Wood’s “The Writer’s Room” are Emma Masters, Glenda McGhee, Rachel Barnett and Barbara Eather. Congratulations! Thanks go to Allen & Unwin. And thanks to all the people who renewed their membership in November. Although you’ve missed out on the book, a copy of our new magazine “Imprint” will be in the post next week!
Anthropology book sale!
A member of the NTWC has donated a stack of anthropological books for us to sell as a fundraiser.
They include some old and rare items that may interest anthropology students, especially in the NT. (more…)
Imprint | December 2016
The December 2016 issue of imprint, a relaunch of the Northern Territory Writers’ Centre Journal (previously Write Turn), should have arrived in members’ mailboxes.
Please let us know if you didn’t receive yours. (email email@example.com)
Writing and reflections by Mary Anne Butler | Charlie Ward | Courtney Collins. New fiction by Maureen O’Keefe and Karen Manton. Reviews by Kieran Finnane and more.
Here’s what the 2016 recipient, KYLIE STEVENSON, had to say about her two weeks in Larrimah.
I am in the outback, miles from civilisation, in the scorching midday heat with three men I don’t know all that well, five dead people, and a large mob of flies.
These men have brought me into the scrub to meet Andrew, who I only know by reputation. He is the man responsible for my current living conditions at an odd outback pub, where a crocodile lurks 5 metres from my door and the threat of a death adder slipping into my room always sits in the back of my mind.
But it’s not as sinister as it sounds.
This is all part of what could be Australia’s most unusual writer’s retreat – the Andrew McMillan Memorial Writer’s Retreat at the Larrimah Wayside Inn, also known as the Pink Panther Pub.
Today the pub’s owner Barry has driven me out to this peaceful bush cemetery where we are erecting a tombstone on Andrew’s grave.
We heave the monument onto the tiles, mix the glue and assemble.
“Here we go Andrew, give ya head a wash,” Paddy says, as he pours water onto on the grave to wipe off the excess paste and shine up the tombstone.
“Yeah mate, clean yourself up, would you?” Barry chimes in.
Both are old friends of Andrew’s, a well-known author and journalist based in Darwin, who passed away in 2012, leaving money to the NT Writers’ Centre to establish the retreat in Larrimah, a minute speck of red dirt on the vast Territory map, 497km south of Darwin, population: 11.
This was where he used to come to write, and after two weeks in this desolate furnace I can see why. There is nothing much else to do. But in the same breath, there is so much going on. (more…)
Crossings | Iwerre-Atherre
NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs
Crossings | Iwerre-Atherre
18-21 May 2017
The NT Writers’ Festival is back in Alice Springs next year and we are excited to announce the 2017 theme: ‘Crossings | Iwerre-Atherre’. (more…)
2016 Resident Writers
WRITERS ROAMING DARWIN BOTANIC GARDENS AND DOWN THE TRACK
An author writing a novel set in the Northern Territory before European settlement is benefiting from a writer’s retreat in the George Brown Botanic Gardens in Darwin.
The NT Writers’ Centre offers an annual residency opportunity at the George Brown Botanic Gardens, and this year YA novellist Leonie Norrington has been chosen to spend two weeks living in the gardens. (more…)
Leonie Norrington at the Gardens
Our writer in residence at the George Brown Botanic Gardens is Leonie Norrington, who is writing a Young Adult novel set in the Northern Territory pre European settlement.
August 13 & 14
Holtze Lawn, George Brown Botanic Garden
Announcing the Territory Read Awards winners!
The award winners were announced at an Award Ceremony held at the State Library in Darwin, July 27, 2016.
Since 2009, the Territory Read awards have celebrated excellence amongst published authors residing in the NT. (more…)
Territory Read – Meet the Finalists
Chris Raja migrated to Melbourne from Kolkata in 1986, and now lives and works in Alice Springs. His co-authored play The First Garden was published by Currency Press in 2012 and shortlisted for the Chief Minister’s book of the year in 2014. His debut novel, The Burning Elephant was published by Giramondo in 2015.
Clare Atkins’ debut novel, Nona & Me, was written while living in Arnhem Land. It was an Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Award for Older readers, long listed for the 2015 Inky Awards and Highly Commended for the Victorian Premier’s Award 2015. She has worked as a scriptwriter for successful television series including Wonderland, Winners and Losers, All Saints and Home & Away.
Derek Pugh is a teacher and education consultant based in Darwin. He is the author of books and articles in a range of genres: science and self-help in The Owner’s Guide to the Teenage Brain; memoir and history in Turn Left at the Devil Tree; travel, science and history in Tambora: Travels to Sumbawa and the Mountain that Changed the World: a YA novel, Tammy Damulkurra: history in The First British in North Australia 1824-29: Fort Dundas; and science education in Carbon Dioxide: Friend and Foe.
Irena Kobald‘s book, My Two Blankets, was winner of the 2015 Children’s Book Council Award for Picture Books. She is a multi-lingual Austrian immigrant to Australia, who now teaches in remote NT communities.
Mary Anne Butler is a Darwin based playwright whose play Broken won the 2016 Victorian Prize for Literature, the 2016 Premier’s Literary Award for Drama and the 2014 NT Literary Award. Broken premiered to a 2015 sold out season at Darlinghurst Theatre. Highway of Lost Hearts premiered at 2012 Darwin Festival to a sold out season with a 2013 return season by demand, and 2014 three-month Australian tour. Both plays are published by Currency Press.
Meg Mooney is a natural scientist and poet who has been in Central Australia for 28 years. Her latest collection of poetry, Being Martha’s Friend, Ginninderra Press, was launched in the 2015 Eye of the Storm Writers’ Festival. Meg’s other books are For the Dry Country, Ptilotus Press 2005; and The Gap, co-winner of the Picaro Poetry Prize in 2010.
NT Literary Awards – Finalists Announced
The finalists of the prestigious Northern Territory Literary Awards have today been announced. (more…)
2016 Territory Read Shortlist
Since 2009, the NT Writers’ Centre has recognised the work of the Territory’s published authors with the Territory Read Awards. (more…)
Welcome NTWC Board Members
Following the wonderful success of the NT Writers’ Festival Wordstorm held in Darwin earlier in May, a new board has been elected at the NT Writers’ Centre AGM held last evening (Tuesday, 24th May).
Executive Director Sally Bothroyd said: “Our outgoing board, over this past year, under the leadership of our President Maria Scarlett, has enabled the Writers’ Centre to achieve fantastic things, culminating, of course, in our Wordstorm Writers’ Festival, which broke new ground and drew great public support. We are now looking forward to the further growth of the festival, which will be held in Alice Springs next year.
“At our AGM we were all pleased to welcome our new President, Professor Martin Jarvis OAM, to lead us forward. Dr Jarvis is an author himself, and brings with him a wealth of experience in the arts industry.”
Professor Jarvis said: “I am honoured to have been elected to the role of President, and I am very much looking forward to working with Sally and the whole team at the NT Writers’ Centre to help underpin the importance of the written word and storytelling – in all its guises.”
Bulman – Remote Schools Tour
We woke to a sparkling cool morning in Bulman. The humidity had finally broke and the sun was shining. What better sign did we need that our day was going to be amazing? (more…)
Book of the month
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