After more than a decade of ebooks and two decades of the internet, it is time to take stock of the current and emerging prospects for authors and illustrators in the “new democracy” of an online world.
Helen Garner and Scott Turow will be the keynote speakers at the Congress, which will be held on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September at the Luna Park Conference Centre in Sydney.
Helen Garner is a multi award-winning and much-admired Australian author. Her works include This House of Grief, Monkey Grip, The First Stone and many other works of fiction and non-fiction. Her 2008 novel, The Spare Room, has been translated into many languages. In 2006 she was awarded the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature.
Scott Turow is the best-selling author of eleven books, which have been translated into 40 languages and sold more than 30 million copies. Many of his books have become TV series or Hollywood blockbusters, including Presumed Innocent and Burden of Proof. He is the former President of the US Authors Guild.
Other Congress speakers and panellists include Anne Summers, John Marsden, Jackie French, Pamela Freeman and Bronwyn Bancroft who will discuss the latest ideas on authors’ and illustrators’ rights, role, and place in a time of constant change. The Congress will explore such issues as:
- What results have the new technologies brought?
- Has the delivery of words and images been enhanced but at the cost of sales and pay?
- Has the commercialisation of the internet cornered or liberated writers and illustrators?
- Are creative opportunities boosted today or are writers and illustrators still mainly parts suppliers to someone else’s “industry”?
Through a series of panels, Q&As and special events, the Congress will offer attendees fresh information on writing practice, publishing opportunities and income generation in the online environment.
The Northern Territory Writers’ Centre (NTWC) is a partner organisation of the ASA. As a result, NTWC members can save between $40 and $45 off the Standard price, depending on the timing of the booking. Here is the fee structure:
EARLY BIRD PRICES (up to 17 July 2015):
- Full Price: $355.50
- NTWC Members’ Price: $315.00
STANDARD PRICES (after 17 July 2015):
- Full Price: $395.00
- NTWC Members’ Price: $350.00
For more information, use the drop down menu to indicate your NTWC membership on the Congress bookings page: https://www.asauthors.org/event/15876/national-writers-congress
Congratulations to all the shortlisted writers’ of the NT Literary Awards! It is so great to see many of our members listed. To take a look visit:
To take a look at the exciting list of confirmed authors for Eye of the Storm 2015 click here
Photograph courtesy of Ben Speare
Come and read your work to other poetry lovers! NT Writers’ Centre is featuring this year’s entrants at our open mic event, immediately after the ceremony.
Take a stroll across the lawns and join us for ‘Wild Words’, with Fred Van’t Sand from the judging panel.
WHERE: Happy Yess, Brown’s Mart, Darwin
WHEN: 7:30pm, Thursday 30th July
The Australian Poetry Slam 2015 is on again – the largest spoken-word program in the southern hemisphere.
All over Australia – from the small towns to the big cities – poets are sharpening their pencils and scribbling their stories to roll out their rhymes. Heats will be held in all the State and Territories to see who’ll get to of to Sydney to compete in the nationals in October. See heat dates below.
Excited? Want to be in it? Want some help?
Throughout the next two months Central Australian poet Laurie May is on the road stopping only for poets!
Come and explore the spoken word poetic medium and get help to turn your stories, truths and experiences into poetry.
Workshops and Spoken Word events
29, 30 July Workshops, Tennant Creek
2 Aug The Dirty Word poetry event, Tennant Creek
5 Aug Workshops and Poetry Event, Katherine
8 Aug Workshops, Darwin
5, 12 Sept Workshops, Alice Springs
17 Sept Central Australian heat APS, The Dirty Word, Eye of the Storm
Laurie May is a Central Australian poet hailing from the Gulf of Carpentaria. Forever searching for an understanding of her own identity Laurie explores themes of family, poverty and heartache and the ‘new’ Australian identity through poetry and spoken word. Laurie represented Alice in the Australian Poetry Slam in 2012 and has gone on to perform at festivals and stages and run workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Sign up at www.ntwriters.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Poetry Slam NT heats:
Darwin Wild Words 27 August
Central Australia The Dirty Word, Eye of the Storm festival, Alice Springs 17 September
Pick up your copy of the Eye of the Storm 2015 official reading list and join us for a sneak preview of the 2015 Eye of the Storm Writers’ Festival Program.
Readings. Music. Open Mic
Sunday August 16
Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs
Jo Dutton spent her early childhood years in the Solomon Islands, her teenage years in Perth and has for the last twenty years called, the Arrernte country of Alice Springs, home. She came for a short term job twenty years ago, fell in love with the Centre and never left.
She was recently shortlisted for the NT Literary Awards for her short story, It’s a Privilege to Live in Arrente Country.
Kelly-lee Hickey is an award winning writer, performer and community cultural development artist living and working in the Northern Territory. She has worked extensively using collective narrative and story telling to connect communities in urban and remote areas in both Australia and Indonesia, with projects including A Stitch In Time and Vessels for Stories.
She was recently shortlisted for the NT Literary Awards for her poem, Precipitation.
Leni Shilton has lived in Central Australia for many years where she has worked as a creative writing lecturer, a prison educator and a bush nurse. She is a poet and her work ispublished in journals and anthologies, most recently in Women’s Work, Art Monthly, Axon and Swamp. She is currently completing a PhD in creative writing through Southern Cross University.
She was recently shortlisted for the NT Literary Awards for her essay, Writing the landscape as a personal journal.
We’re excited to announce that Eye of the Storm 2015 is back on track, with Dani Powell taking the reins as festival program co-ordinator.
Block out the dates in your diary and start booking travel if you don’t live in Alice!
Eye of the Storm – writing, culture and ideas at the heart of the country
Writers and storytellers come together under the 2015 theme Finding Home.
Thurs 17 to Sun 20 September, 2015
Presented by NT Writers’ Centre