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NT Writers Fest announces full line-up, travel subsidy scheme

The full program for this year’s NT Writers Festival, which runs from 23–26 June at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Garrmalang/Darwin, has been announced.

Themed ‘balarr | catching the light’, the 2022 festival features storytellers from around the NT alongside sessions with interstate guests. The program includes an opening-night poetry event headlined by poets Sarah Holland-Batt and Jazz Money; individual sessions with authors including Jackie Huggins, Hannah Kent, Larissa Behrendt and John Safran; and workshops and panels featuring guests including Lee Kofman, Christopher Raja, Delia Falconer, Thomas Mayor, Teela Reid and Jasmin McGaughey.

‘In Larrakia, balarr means “to light up” or “to be come light”. In English, the phrase “catching the light” refers to both a brief glimmer and the pursuits of such moments, an apt metaphor for all kinds of creative endeavour,’ said 2022 artistic director Rita Horanyi of this year’s festival theme.

‘At a time when deepening crises—ecological, social, political—cause the world to grow darker, there is some solace in the fact that stories, writing and art preserve our flashes of insight. This festival we come together to consider how we might find—and hold onto—moments of hope.’

The festival also announced a new travel subsidy scheme for non-Darwin residents. Supported by the Regional Arts Fund Tourism Accelerator Program, the subsidy offers $225 towards the cost of transport to Darwin, and/or a 20% discount on the standard rate of three nights’ accommodation at Hudson Apartments, Parap to those living outside Darwin intending to travel to the city to attend the NT Writers Festival.

Tickets for the festival are now on sale. To view the full program, and for more information about the travel subsidy scheme, see the NT Writers’ Centre website.


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