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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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…)
NT Literary Awards
Administered by the Department of Arts and Museums, the Northern Territory Literary Awards celebrate the achievements of a wide range of emerging Northern Territory writers. (more…)
2016 Territory Read Awards
Submissions now closed. Thanks and good luck to all our entrants.
The Award Ceremony will be held at the State Library in Darwin, July 27.
The NT Writers’ Centre is once again proud to present Territory Read – the search for the NT Book of the Year.
Mary Anne Butler wins Victorian Prize for Literature
Darwin’s own playwright, Mary Anne Butler, has taken out the nation’s richest literary award for her play Broken.
On Thursday last week, she became the first playwright to receive the $100,000 prize. She also took out the award for Best Drama, worth an additional $25,000.
Broken tells the story of Ash, a woman who falls in love with the man who finds her trapped in her car after a crash. Simultaneously his wife is at home having a miscarriage.
The award brings valuable national attention to an eminent regional writer.
Don’t forget, Mary Anne Butler’s Darwin workshop series, Story in Six Weeks starts at the end of February.
My Two Blankets – Irena Kobald
Congratulations to NT author, Irena Kobald, who was recently shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, in the Children’s Fiction category for her picture book, My Two Blankets.
Click here for the full shortlist
The Burning Elephant – Christopher Raja
The Burning Elephant is the debut novel by Alice Springs-based author, Christopher Raja. A coming-of-age story about family and identity set in India as it was just before the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
Published by Giramondo in 2015 and launched in the Eye of the Storm Writers’ Festival, you can check out a recently published extract of the book and interview with Chris Raja at Peril, a journal of Asian-Australian Arts and Culture.
Big congratulations to Darwin playwright, Mary Anne Butler, who is shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for her drama, Broken. More
Also to Alice Springs poet Michael Giacometti who won a Regional Emerging Writer’s Residency at the Lock Up during the 2016 Newcastle Writers’ Festival.
Sophie Hamley from Hachette has chosen three Northern Territory writers whose manuscripts will benefit from a mentorship. (more…)
Three Alice Springs poets just returned from Strictly Poetry, a six day residency for poets that is part of the ‘focus weeks’ program at the Varuna Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains. The program involves structured and unstructured writing sessions with author, editor and lecturer Deb Westbury. We spoke with Meg Mooney and Sue Fielding about their experiences. Kimberley Zeneth was also selected for the program. (more…)
Hachette Mentorship Shortlist
Congratulations to the nine writers shortlisted for the 2015 NTWC – Hachette Australia mentorship (more…)
Book of the month
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