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NT Writers Festival announces 2024 program

The NT Writers Festival has announced the program for its 2024 festival, which will run from 27 to 30 June on Larrakia Country in Darwin (Garramilla).

Events will take place outdoors at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) and at a handful of other venues across Darwin, under the theme of ‘Reverberations’.

The program includes a special feature event at Fannie Bay Gaol, which will bring historians and artists together to share the history of the place; local historians Richard Creswick and Derek Pugh discussing their oral history Tracy: 50 years, 50 stories with MAGNT curator of Territory history Jared Archibald; and a discussion between  Burruberongal novelist of the Darug Aboriginal Nation Julie Janson, and colonial frontier historian Robyn Smith.

‘From panels on the future of storytelling and how fiction can help reimagine the world to workshops where participants write letters to future generations, this year’s festival looks forwards even as it seeks to understand how the current moment came to pass,’ organisers said.

The festival will also include events from three guest curators: Djapu poet, performer and spoken word artist Melanie Mununggurr, who is the festival’s First Nations guest curator; and Marieke Hardy and Emilie Zoey Baker, who’ll present their spoken word salon ‘Better Off Said’ to audiences. Previously announced festival guests include Julia Baird, Julie Janson, Dan Box, Debra Dank, Tyson Yunkaporta, Charlotte Wood, Benjamin Law, and Shankari Chandran.

More details are on the festival website.


Category: Local news