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Join storytellers and writers from across the country for the 2019 NT Writers’ Festival – Alice Springs under the theme lyapirtneme | returning.

Home to the Arrernte people, Alice Springs or Mparntwe is set against the breathtaking backdrop of the McDonnell Ranges, that carry the stories of giant caterpillar totemic ancestors, a daily reminder that this is storied country.

In Arrernte, lyapirtneme translates as something growing back or appearing again, after an absence. For example, new shoots returning after fire. In the same vein, the English returning speaks of regeneration, renewal, and repatriation. It might also make us think about going back to places, to the past, or something coming back to us. Both languages speak of cycles and patterns; both reckon with loss, and reference hope.

Writers and storytellers whose work illuminates this theme will converge for the four-day festival of ideas, culture, conversation, ‘storied walks’, book launches, talks and more!

NT Writers' Festival 2019

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