We are delighted to announce the theme and dates for the 2024 NT Writers Festival! Taking place from 27-30 June at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT in Darwin on Larrakia land, NTWF brings people together to share story, language and culture shaped by place across four inspiring days.
The theme of next year’s festival is reverberations.
In a world beset by multiple crises, how do we find the right words? How can we keep trying to connect when others might not be listening, and how do we keep sharing stories and ideas?
In his latest book, The Queen is Dead, esteemed Wiradjuri author and journalist, Stan Grant, asks why people write. He answers that it is to be heard, that people speak in the hope that somewhere their words will echo.*
It is in the spirit of this hope that we have chosen the 2024 NT Writers Festival theme of reverberations. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to consider the impacts of our actions on the world, to reflect upon their ongoing consequences. This requires us to see the world and ourselves relationally. It encourages us to look beyond ourselves to the vast and interconnected networks – social, cultural, environmental, economic – in which we are embedded. Being attuned to reverberations allows us to hear the way the echoes of the past live on in the present and to reflect upon the ramifications of our decisions.
This festival, we invite readers, writers and storytellers to gather together to allow the words of others to reverberate in our minds, connecting and inspiring us.
*Stan Grant, The Queen is Dead, Harper Collins 2023, e-book, p. 36.
Many thanks to the 2024 Festival Advisory Committee – Marie Munkara, Penny Drysdale, Mililma May, Kylie Stevenson, Sally Bothroyd and Tisha Tejaya – for helping shape this year’s festival theme.
The full program goes on sale in early May, with early bird passes available in February. Check back here or follow us on our socials for line-up announcements and other program information.
Photo credit: Nicholas Goldhurst, NTWF 2022.