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…)
Wordstorm – Final day
According to my mother, I was the first artificial insemination baby in Australia.’
– Richard Glover
Richard Glover’s Mother’s Day brunch was hilarious. Richard mines his own life for comic material. His latest book FLESH WOUNDS is all about his mother and so it was most appropriate that it was Mother’s Day but Richard’s story transcended greeting card epitaphs proclaiming the wonders of mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, grandmothers and grandchildren. (more…)
2016 Wordstorm – Day 2
Image by Paz Tassone.
This was Tony Birch’s first visit to Darwin and without him realising I spotted him just as I arrived at the Mirembena on Cavenagh Street, wearing a bright orange t-shirt, looking up. I wondered what he was doing but then it dawned on me. Tony was, just like his young, character Ren in the novel GHOST RIVER, looking at birds. Ren, I recalled, spends his days at the library researching birds and sketching them for hours. It was the perfect way for me to see him although I felt like a voyeur. (more…)
Call for Nominations: NT Writers’ Centre Board of Management
- Want to give back to your community?
- Help support the arts and writing?
- Are you skilled in legal, accounting, management, human resources, strategic planning, writing, publishing or arts administration?
Join our board and become a director of the NT Writers’ Centre.
If you’re from Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin, Tennant Creek, Wadeye, or anywhere else in the NT, we want your ideas and enthusiasm. You don’t need previous board experience and you don’t even need to be a writer.
Being a member of our board can:
- Help shape the direction of the NT Writers’ Centre
- Empower your community to tell its story
- Make you an ambassador for literature
- Advance your career prospects
- Give you free management training and experience
We’ve supported writers and their writing since 1993 by giving a voice to the North and the Centre through writers’ festivals in Alice Springs and Darwin. We help writers share and discuss their work and improve their skills. We support poetry, plays, journalism, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, publishing and far more for everyone from children to adults.
Want to get involved?
Request a nomination form from email@example.com or phone our Darwin office on 08 8942 1100
Please note, nominees must be current NT Writers’ Centre members. To check your membership, join, or renew online, click here. Board nominations need to be received by close of business, Monday, 16 May.
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the NT Writers’ Centre will be held on
Tuesday 24 May 2016
The NT Writers Centre Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts Woods Street, Darwin.
Alice Springs members are invited to attend via teleconference from the Screen Australia office, The Old Courthouse, Hartley Street.
Regional members are invited to participate via Skype.
As per the NTWC constitution, all board positions will be declared vacant and members will be elected or re-elected during the AGM. For more information on nominating click here.
Board nominations need to be received by close of business, Monday, 16 May.
i) Please RSVP to the NT Writers’ Centre on 08 8942 1100 any time prior to the AGM.
ii) Additional Board nomination forms are available from the NT Writer’s Centre or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
iii) Members can appoint a proxy to represent them at the AGM if they are unable to attend.
Introducing Wordstorm 2016 – the fabric of family
In the case that you missed Mary Anne Butler’s brilliant speech at the 2016 Wordstorm Program Launch last week, read on…
Like many brilliant literary initiatives, the first ever WordStorm writers’ festival was conceived over a very long night with far too much wine.
This is the little-known history of its origins… (more…)
Announcing 2016 Territory Read Award Judges
The NTWC is very pleased to announce that Jennifer Mills, fiction editor of Overland, and Peter Bishop, founding creative director of the Varuna Writers’ House will judge this year’s Territory Read Awards. (more…)
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