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The NT Writers Festival is nearly here!

The NT Writers Festival is nearly here!

The NT Writers’ Festival is just a few weeks away, with preparations well underway to run the event amidst the challenges of a global pandemic.

‘When we first set out to explore our 2020 theme, Gunamidirra garawa birditj/when the tides turn, we expected to talk about change and transformation. We could never have predicted just how sweeping some of the shifts of this year would be,’ said NT Writers’ Festival Director, Fiona Dorrell.

‘As we emerge into a ‘new normal’ shaped by COVID-19, we are finding so many of the ideas contained in this theme are still relevant, perhaps more so than before: How are we made and remade? What can we change and what do we hold on to? How do we hold loss alongside possibility? And, we might add: How do we make sense of a shifting world?’

The festival had been originally set to take place in Darwin during May 2020, but has now been re-imagined into a different and vital program, from 1-4 October 2020.

“We feel tremendously excited and fortunate that we are still able to bring audiences four days of storytelling, discussions, conversations, walks, readings, music and laughter at the beautiful new venue at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens,’ said Fiona.

The event is now carefully managed to adhere to safe physical distancing and hygiene principles.

The NT Writers’ Festival is a four-day event shaped by place that speaks to and from the heart of Australia and the Northern Territory. The festival emphasises Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity and offers unique immersive experiences.

Founded in 1999, the Festival has hosted an impressive array of Australian writers, thinkers, and storytellers. The list includes Bruce Pascoe, Kim Mahood, Christos Tsolkias, Morris Gleitzman and Alexis Wright. This year’s festival will feature Trent Dalton, who will discuss his much-anticipated second novel, All Our Shimmering Skies, which is set in Darwin.

Event and ticket information can be found here.