Dina’s Spring Newsletter

 Dina’s Spring Newsletter

Written on Larrakia Country

Greetings all from balmy Darwin!

The Darwin Festival 2022

Lighting the Sky at the Darwin Festival

Tourists who poured in to revel in the warmth of the Dry were treated to the wonderful sights and sounds of Darwin’s festival season. Perhaps the most memorable was Lighting the Sky with drones in brilliant colours depicting the Dreamtime stories of our First Nations people, the Larrakia People.

NT Writers Festival
Held in late June, the Writers Festival was a highlight for Darwin’s writers and readers. The theme, Balarr (Letting in the Light) was reflected in events featuring such luminaries as Hannah Kent (Devotion), Larissa Behrendt (After Story), Delia Falconer (Signs and Wonders), and John Saffron (Puff Piece) and too many more to mention here.

A highlight was the participation of the First Nations Australia Network, sisters Jackie Huggins and Ngaire Jarro (Jack of Hearts) with their celebrated CEO Yvette Holt. Set in the lush grounds of the Museum of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) the NTWF22 was a treat for Territorians and visitors alike.Letting the Light InI was excited to take part in the panel, Letting the Light In with two other NT authors, Karen Manton and Renée McBryde. The panel was a powerful one, discussing the shared themes of motherhood, intergenerational trauma and healing as seen through the lens of three very different authors and stories

Pictured L to R: Karen Manton, The Curlew’s Eye,
Renée McBryde, Unravelling Us, and Dina Davis, A Dangerous Daughter
Photo: NT Writers Centre

After the panel, Renée McBryde interviewed me about how the Festival theme, Catching the Light, is relevant to A Dangerous Daughter. Thanks to Bronwyn Druce of Red Kangaroo Books, and Samuel Druce, filmmaker, for organising this interview. 

Watch now (4 min)

Varuna Alumni

Lately, I’ve been taking part in meetings with other Varuna alumni by Zoom. We meet on weekday mornings to share thoughts on our work, then write for an hour or more. Not only is this a much needed discipline, it is also a wonderful support for isolated writers. Thanks to Varuna for this generous service.

NT Literary Awards

It was an honour to be a finalist for the Poetry Prize in the recent NT Literary Awards for my poem, Forgiveness. Congratulations to all winners, especially Dave Clarke for his poem, Velocipede.

When my father abandoned me,
A twelve year old child
On the far side of my world
I forgave him.

When my parents, in their ignorance,
Ordered my brains to be fried,
When all I needed was love
I forgave them.

When my family, slaves to tradition
banished me once more
For marrying out,
I forgave them.

When they turned all photos of me
To the wall,
Said prayers for the dead,
I forgave them.

You could call me a forgiving person,
Maybe to a fault.

When my so-called friend
Called me a fraud and a fake,
Not an authentic person,
Spiritually materialistic,

Spat more toxic words
Aimed to wound if not kill
My forgiving nature
Failed me.

I’d committed the crime
Of turning the worm
Of failure to success,
And she did not forgive me.

© Dina Davis 2022

What’s next?

Here’s a short clip from a recent interview with author and literary judge Suzanne Leal asked, “Dina, what’s next for you?” Perhaps the real question is what’s next for Ivy…
Watch now (1 min)

Book Club talks

If your book club has chosen to read Capriccio or A Dangerous Daughter,  I’d be delighted to attend your meeting by Zoom (whether your group is meeting online or gathering together in person) to answer any of your questions. Both my books are available as paperbacks from the following bookshops: 

Harry Hartog’s Bookshop, Bondi Junction, NSW
The Bookshop Darwin, Darwin NT
Red Kangaroo Bookshop, Alice Springs, NT

Buy Online https://www.amazon.com/Dina-Davis/e/B07GGNGCJ2

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