WordStorm 2014

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WordStorm 2014 presented a calibre and breadth of activity, which brought together some of the best in the local and national literary scene. Visiting writers and locals alike enjoyed an intense long weekend of consciousness shifting conversation and extraordinary creativity.

People across the country are talking about our local talent, the beauty of Darwin and the festival itself. WordStorm is now well on its way to taking its position on the national writers’ festival circuit.

Here’s what they’re saying:

I wanted to congratulate you for one hell of a fine festival. Thanks so much, it was the best long weekend I’ve had in years… Lovely vibe, superbly organised. - John van Tiggelen, Editor, The Monthly

I was so delighted to be there, and so impressed with the writers I met, and their writing. Darwin certainly deserves to be on the national festival circuit, and I think you’ll find there is support in the industry to help make that happen. Sophie Hamley, Agent, The Cameron Creswell Agency

I just want you to know what an amazing festival it was and I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about it as well from everyone that I’ve spoken to. It was so different to other Wordstorm festivals in the past so I wondered how it was going to go but you pulled it off and your insight was just brilliant. – Marie Munkara, author

Thank you so much for bringing all that writing talent and chutzpah to the NT. I am exhausted so I can’t imagine how you must be feeling! It was the biggest treat and I feel like a worse writer for it, having learnt that there’s so much I don’t know… but that has to be a good thing. You and the team clearly worked so hard. The venues and speakers were amazing and well-curated. Omar Musa at Town Hall Ruins was my favourite, but the political journalism session and John van Tiggelen editing session were other highlights. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Was a massive gift to the writing/reading community up here. Very grateful to you and the Centre for all your thoughtful energy, dedication and effort. - Jennifer Pinkerton, Freelance Journalist and Lecturer in Communication & Writing at the School of Creative Arts and Humanities, Charles Darwin University

What a fine bloody job. Thanks for such a wonderful festival. Much appreciate being invited and involved in many days of stimulating discussion, sweat and thought. - Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist and author