NT Writers’ Festival 2020

We in the Territory are exceptionally lucky to be holding an outdoor,LIVE, Writers’ Festival, in spite of Covid 19.We have been declared  Covid free for the second time, after 28 days with no cases. There will of course be social distancing in place in our beautiful Botanical Gardens where the Festival will take place.

NTWriters Festival 1 – 4 October 2020


I can’t quite believe I’ll be presenting my work in the gorgeous George Brown Botanic Gardens in just a few days from now, in the illustrious company of Trent Dalton, Barry Jonsberg, Mary Ann Butler, and other Territory Writers LIVE, plus the wonderful Behrouz Boochani by Video Link from New Zealand.

It’s like a dream come true to be invited to speak at a Writers’ Festival. This year, instead of being in an audience of writers’ groupies, I’ll be on the other side of the podium. I remember being overwhelmed seeing some of my literary heroines, Helen Garner and Gail Jones, at this same Festival some ten years ago, on the lawns of Darwin’s beautiful Museum and Art Gallery of the NT.  Miraculously, it’s my turn to entertain guests with excerpts from my work-in-progress, A Dangerous Daughter, and my thoughts on how literature  helps us to re-collect the past. Watch this space for my report post-Festival on how it all went!


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