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The NT Writers Festival (NTWF) is a four-day festival shaped by place that speaks to and from the heart of Australia and the Northern Territory. Founded in 1999, the Festival embraces our country's cultural and linguistic diversity, and has hosted some of Australia’s most distinguished writers, thinkers and storytellers.
In 2020, NTWF returns to Darwin to take place in a new venue - the beautiful purpose-built event facilities at the lush George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.
This year's Festival theme - ‘Gunamidirra garawa birditj | when the tides turn' - will explore our moments of change. In Gulumerrdjin, Larrakia country, the sea and rivers reach onto the land. Places flux with cycles of monsoon and dry. How are we made and remade? What can we change and what do we hold on to? How do we hold loss alongside possibility?
Join writers, artists and storytellers for a four-day celebration of books, language and stories that asks us to consider the marks we leave behind, and how we face and create change.

Artwork: Fiona Hall, Mangrove 2010, etching on Hahnemühle cotton rag paper, 79.5 x 94cm. Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

NT Writers' Festival 2020

  1. Festival Opening

    EventFestival Opening

    Join us for the opening of the 2020 NT Writers Festival - Darwin. We'll be kicking-off our four-day festival shaped by place with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by Larrakia elder, Bilawara Lee and family, followed by readings from the Gay’wu Group of Women, Mirandi Riwoe and others.   Learn More
    EVENT LOCATION
    Borassus Lawns, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Gilruth Ave, The Gardens, NT
    WHEN
    Thursday 1 October 2020 at 5:30pm - 7pm
    Pricing $0.00
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  2. Mixtape Memoirs

    EventMixtape Memoirs

    Music is a powerful cue for potent memories. In the tradition of this popular Emerging Writers Festival event, we bring you a brilliant lineup of writers who will share something from the soundtracks of their lives. Join us for a night of music and memoir in the Gardens.  Learn More
    EVENT LOCATION
    Visitor & Event Centre, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Gilruth Ave, The Gardens, NT
    WHEN
    Thursday 1 October 2020 at 7:30pm - 9pm
    Pricing $25.00 to $30.00
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  3. Screening: Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time

    EventScreening: Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time

    Filmed over six months on a smuggled smartphone by Kurdish-Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani, 'Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time' offers a confronting glimpse into the lives of detainees inside the Manus Island detention centre and is essential viewing for all Australians. Join Boochani for a special Q&A via video conference before the film.  Learn More
    EVENT LOCATION
    Deckchair Cinema, Jervois Rd, Darwin City, NT
    WHEN
    Thursday 1 October 2020 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Pricing $8.00 to $35.00
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  4. Workshop: A Twist in the Tale with Mirandi Riwoe

    EventWorkshop: A Twist in the Tale with Mirandi Riwoe

    In this workshop, participants will consider ways to find inspiration in their writing lives. The focus will be on transforming or responding to existing stories, writing, genres, research and life. Participants will then explore various techniques for turning these ideas into a novel or short story. For beginner and intermediate writers.  Learn More
    EVENT LOCATION
    Visitor & Event Centre, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Gilruth Ave, The Gardens, NT
    WHEN
    Friday 2 October 2020 at 2pm - 5pm
    Pricing $50.00 to $80.00
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  5. Vessels & Stories

    EventVessels & Stories

    Amongst wooden watercraft, writers awaken stories about the horizons we chase, the borders we cross, and the voyages we make but sometimes don’t return from. An unmissable storytelling event that will lend new layers to the sense of ocean places, cultures and seafaring that the collection at the Maritime Gallery at MAGNT speaks to.  Learn More
    EVENT LOCATION
    Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, 19 Conacher St, The Gardens NT, The Gardens, NT
    WHEN
    Friday 2 October 2020 at 5:30pm - 7pm
    Pricing $25.00 to $30.00
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  6. Screenreads Night

    EventScreenreads Night

    From the writers of 'Sweet Country', 'Mystery Road' and more, come four brand-new screenplays by award-winning local screenwriters. As the sun sets, join a cast of Darwin actors for an intimate one-off reading that will bring to life the stories set to grace our screens.  Learn More
    EVENT LOCATION
    Borassus Lawns, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Gilruth Ave, The Gardens, NT
    WHEN
    Friday 2 October 2020 at 7:30pm - 9pm
    Pricing $25.00 to $30.00
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  7. Nature of Change Poetry Walk

    EventNature of Change Poetry Walk

    On a guided morning walk through the glorious tropical and monsoon flora at the George Brown Botanic Gardens, poets share poems about the cycles of change, transformation and regeneration that shape our lives and our landscapes. An easy, wheelchair accessible walk.  Learn More
    EVENT LOCATION
    Departs from Visitor & Event Centre, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Gilruth Ave, The Gardens, NT
    WHEN
    Saturday 3 October 2020 at 8:30am - 10am
    Pricing $15.00 to $20.00
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  8. Kim's Cubby | SAT 3 OCT

    EventKim's Cubby | SAT 3 OCT

    Young story lovers are invited to join a lineup of local children’s picture book authors for morning-time readings, fun and creative activities at Eva’s Cafe! Parents and kids welcome. Held in honour of the life and work of Darwin children’s author, Kim Caraher.   Learn More
    EVENT LOCATION
    Eva's Cafe, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Gilruth Ave, The Gardens, NT
    WHEN
    Saturday 3 October 2020
    Pricing $0.00
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