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Wordstorm 2016 program released

The 2016 Northern Territory writers’ festival Wordstorm program has been launched.

Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan, author of Beauty is a Wound (Text), will be the international guest at this year’s festival, to be held in Darwin from 5 to 8 May.

The festival will also feature more than 50 Australian writers and performers appearing in special events, book launches and panel sessions. Among them will be authors Tony Birch, Magda Szubanski, and Marie Munkara; playwright Mary Anne Butler; journalist Kieran Finnane; and YA and children’s authors Clare Atkins, Barry Jonsberg and Irena Kobald.

Highlights in the program include a Mother’s Day brunch with author and ABC presenter Richard Glover; an evening event with Magda Szubanski; a night of poetry readings presented by Australian Poets Festival; and a closing comedy debate on the topic ‘Are journalists the bastard children in the great literary family?’

This year’s festival also features a series of workshops, subject to sufficient numbers. The workshops include Tony Birch on writing short stories, University of Sydney creative writing lecturer Beth Yahp on editing, author Joanne van Os on writing memoir, and workshops on poetry and oral storytelling.

Festival director Sally Bothroyd said she was very proud of the festival’s ability to ‘showcase the talents of writers, poets and spoken word artists from across the Northern Territory, while also including visits from inspirational writers from interstate and Indonesia, who can broaden our knowledge and understanding of story-telling in its many forms’.

Wordstorm is presented biennially by the Northern Territory Writers’ Centre.

View the full program online here.



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