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Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs, NT 0870, Australia


Wednesday 15 May 2019 - Sunday 19 May 2019


In order to capture the necessary information from all attendees, tickets are limited to 1 per order. If you wish to purchase Panel Passes for 2 or more people,  multiple orders will need to be placed.

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Life-writing: re-making the self/making the story
The Arrernte word lyapirtneme translates as something growing back, after a period of absence. Through memoir, personal essay and fiction, many writers return to their own lives to grow something new. A fascinating discussion about life and the art of writing.
Writers: Patti Miller, Tanya Heaslip, Future D. Fidel, Fiona Wright
Facilitator: Penny Drysdale
When: Saturday 18 May 2019 at 12.45pm - 2pm

Returning to the Troubled Past
Calls are growing to remember, to memorialise and to begin a process of truth-telling about Australia’s past. Join historians and writers prepared to speak into the silences of our distant, as well as recent, history no matter how painful. What is to be gained from returning to troubled terrains?
Writers: Jane Lydon, Pat Ansell Dodds, Kieran Finnane, Felicity Meakins
Facilitator: Russell Goldflam
When: Saturday 18 May 2019 at 2.15pm - 3.30pm

Restoring and re-storying the literary landscape
Of migrants, mining and conservation, of voices muted and stories lost. Writing that returns to the records to probe the silences, goes over old ground to glean the overlooked. What is the task of restorying? How to recover what’s been lost? And how far are we still from truly reflecting ourselves as a nation?
Writers: Noëlle Janaczewska, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Roanna Gonsalves, Leni Shilton
Facilitator: Kate Rendell
When: Saturday 18 May 2019 at 3.45pm - 5pm

Regeneration and Return
Whether for metaphor, solace, or self-understanding, writers have turned to nature. But what is it to write in an age of monumental environmental change, of the transformation of the places we live in and love? Bush fires, melted ice caps, endings and extinctions. We call on scribes of all kinds (agrarian, ecological and literary) for their insights and antidotes. Is it too late to regenerate the earth?
Writers: Charles Massy, Steve Morton, Kirli Saunders, Monica Gagliano
Facilitator: Kelly Lee Hickey
When: Sunday 19 May 2019 at 10am - 11.15am

Rebuilding from the Broken
A girl with a locust embedded in her brow that sings her through the darkness with ancient, remembered song; a young man fresh out of prison, ready for payback, returns to his grandmother’s country; a community devastated by fire tries to grapple with profound loss. Three writers reflect on regrowth, renewal and carrying on, in response to the festival theme – lyapirtneme | returning. In the face of destruction, loss and despair, what sustains us?
Writers: Merlinda Bobis, Alice Bishop, Paul Collis
Facilitator: Rachel Neary
When: Sunday 19 May 2019 at 3.15pm - 4.30pm


Anwerne ingkerrekele ayeye mpwareke anwerneke: Stories by us, for us
For the past two years First Nations writers, artists and educators at Children’s Ground have been developing innovative children’s books in local First Languages, to ensure First Nations families have access to culturally relevant educational resources. Come along and listen to the authors talk about their work and read their stories, featuring vibrant illustrations of family, desert landscapes, and local animals.
Anwerne pipe intelheme ayeye anwernekenhe akerte, angkentye anwerne kenhe rlterrke atnyernetyeke anwernekenhe atweye mapeke. We have been writing and illustrating our own stories, to keep our language and art strong for our families. – Anwerne Ingkerrekele Mpwareke Project Team.
When: Saturday 18 May 2019 at 10.15am - 11am

Karu: Growing up Gurindji
We are delighted to present authors Violet Wadrill, Biddy Wavehill, Topsy Ngarnjal and Felicity Meakins for a special presentation of their bi-lingual book, Karu: Growing up Gurindji. This fascinating book is about Indigenous childrearing practices, both spiritual as well as the pragmatic, but always deeply embedded in an understanding of country and family connections. Karu: Growing up Gurindji celebrates children growing up Gurindji, and honours those Gurindji mothers, grandmothers, assistant teachers and health workers who dedicate their lives to making that possible.
When: Saturday 18 May 2019 at 11.30am - 12.30pm

The Place of Supported Memoir
Join local publishers, storytellers and co-authors for a lively discussion about the process and the politics of the ‘supported biography’ – and its role in getting untold Aboriginal stories onto the page. With readings from award-winning memoir Living in Hope (Frank Byrne with Gerard Waterford and Frances Coughlan) and Gathering Sticks – Lighting up Small Fires (Margaret Heffernan), plus other participants.
When: Sunday 19 May 2019 at 12.45pm - 1.45pm


Thus Spoke the Plant: Monica Gagliano in conversation with Steve Morton

Thus Spoke the Plant is a collection of stories written ‘in partnership with plants’. By immersing the reader in the vegetal realm, the stories enable us to reimagine and rethink plants as brilliant beings with subjectivity, consciousness, and volition, with capacity for their own perspectives and voices. Part science, part story, research scientist Monica Gagliano hopes to deliver a medicine story that returns meaning to the sense of personal loneliness and estrangement experienced in today’s world, as well as solutions to our current eco-cultural predicament.
When: Saturday 18 May 2019 at 10.15am - 11.15am

Alice Bishop & Roanna Gonsalves
Join two writers of short stories each dealing with regeneration of a different kind. Prize-winning writer Roanna Gonsalves will discuss her sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes playful, book about immigrants and outsiders and the art of starting again. Emerging writer Alice Bishop will talk about her debut and compelling collection of stories based on the Black Saturday bushfires.
A Constant Hum – Alice Bishop
Before the bushfires – before the front of flames comes roaring over the hills– the ridges are thick with gums. After the fires, the birds have gone. There is only grey ash and melted metal, the blackened husks of cars. And the lost people: in temporary accommodation on the outskirts of the city, on the TV news in borrowed clothes, or remembered in flyers on a cafe wall. A Constant Hum grapples with the aftermath of disaster with an eye for telling detail. Some of these stories cut to the bone; others are empathetic stories of survival, even hope.
The Permanent Resident –Roanna Gonsalves
A woman who can’t swim wades into a suburban pool. An Indian family sits down to an Australian Christmas dinner. A recent migrant considers taking the fall for a second generation ‘friend’. An international student gets off a train at night. Roanna Gonsalves’ short stories unearth the aspirations, ambivalence and guilt laced through the lives of 21st century immigrants, steering through clashes of cultures, trials of faith, and squalls of racism.
Facilitator: Yash Srivastava
When: Sunday 19 May 2019 at 11.30am - 12.30pm

Call of the Reed Warbler
Charles Massy in conversation with Glenn Morrison
Radical farmer, scientist and author Charles Massy explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. Massy always uses personal experience as a touchstone – from an unknowing, chemical-using farmer with dead soils to a radical ecologist farmer carefully regenerating a 2000-hectare property to a state of natural health. Into evocative stories of innovative farmers, he interweaves his own local landscape, its seasons and biological richness, to create a moving and often lyrical story, a powerful and moving paean of hope.
When: Sunday 19 May 2019 at 12.45pm - 1.45pm

Sowing Seeds - Morris Gleitzman
Australian Children’s Laureate 2018-2019 Morris Gleitzman’s hugely popular books do not shy from exploring dark and difficult subject matter. Come and hear best-selling author of fiction for children and young adults in conversation with NT Writers’ Centre Executive Director, Sally Bothroyd, about the way stories can plant seeds for ideas that may later grow into action.
Please note this event is in the Marquee and not the Gallery.
When: Sunday 19 May 2019 at 2pm - 3pm

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In order to capture the necessary information from all attendees, tickets are limited to 1 per order. If you wish to purchase Panel Passes for 2 or more people,  multiple orders will need to be placed.

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EVENT LOCATION: Olive Pink Botanic Garden
Alice Springs, NT 0870, Australia
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