First Writers Announced | 2017 NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs
Announcing the first line-up of writers joining us for the 2017 NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs.
Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Tasmanian and Yuin man based in Gipsy Point, a remote corner of Far East Gippsland in Victoria. The author of over 20 books, his Young Adult novel, Fog a Dox (Magabala Books 2012), won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Young Adult fiction Award. In 2016, his non-fiction book, Dark Emu (Magabala Books 2014) won the Book of the Year and the Indigenous Writer’s Prize in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
Dark Emu Magabala Books
Cry for my Heart, Dance for my Soul Southerly Journal
Bruce Pascoe on the complex question of Aboriginal agriculture Conversations with Richard Fidler
Michelle Cahill is an award-winning poet who writes fiction and essays. Her latest books are Letter to Pessoa (Giramondo) and The Herring Lass (Arc). She won the Val Vallis Poetry Award, the Hilary Mantel International Short Story Prize and was shortlisted the Elizabeth Jolley Prize among several others. She was a a fellow at Kingston University and a Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing at UNC, Charlotte. She has written essays on race and cultural diversity for Sydney Review of Books, The Weekend Australian and Cordite.
The Vanishing Cordite Poetry Review
Vishvarūpa ABC Radio National
Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis is a Ngaatjatjarra educator, interpreter and linguist from the Western Desert. She is currently an Australian Research Council Discover Indigenous Fellow at the Australian National University where she is working on a project documenting Western Desert speech styles and changing modes of communication across generations.
Kim Mahood is the author of two non-fiction books, the recently-published memoir Position Doubtful, and the multi award-winning Craft for a Dry Lake, published in 2000. She wrote the much-circulated essay ‘Kartiya are like Toyotas – white workers on Australia’s cultural frontier’, and her work is published in art, literary and current affairs journals. Kim grew up in Central Australia, and is a regular visitor to Alice Springs.
Position Doubtful Scribe
Agustinus Wibowo is an Indonesian travel writer and travel photographer. He started a ‘Grand Overland Journey,’ in 2005 from Beijing, and dreamed to reach South Africa totally by land with an optimistic budget of US$2000. His journey has taken him across Himalaya, South Asia, Afghanistan, Iran and ex-Soviet Central Asian republics. He was stranded and stayed for three years in Afghanistan. His third book, Zero: When the Journey Takes You Home, pioneered a new genre in Indonesian travel literature by allowing readers to experience the writer’s physical, spiritual and emotional journey. He can speak sixteen languages.
Eunice Andrada is a poet and teaching artist based in Sydney. Featured in The Guardian, CNN and other media, her poetry has also been performed in diverse international stages, from the Sydney Opera House to the UN Climate Negotiations in Paris. She was awarded the John Marsden & Hachette Australia Poetry Prize in 2014. In 2016, she was honoured by Australian Poetry as the first of their 30 Under 30 Poets. Her first collection of poetry is forthcoming.
Roots: A New Taxonomy Peril Magazine August 2015
Featherlight Red Room Company
More program announcements via our website, facebook and eNews across February/March. Full Program announced in April.