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When the Tides Turn

2020 IS DARWIN'S TURN to host the annual NT Writers’ Festival, an annual celebration of the written word, which is also held in Alice Springs every second year.

The newly refurbished George Brown Botanic Gardens provides the perfect backdrop, and Festival Director Fiona Dorrell thinks audiences will appreciate the choice of venue.

“We are really excited about the new facilities – the outdoor setting is going to be beautiful. It’s not just for writers, but also for anyone who loves books or likes talking about contemporary issues, or even those who just want to grab a beer at the bar.”

The theme for this years’ festival is When the Tides Turn, chosen in collaboration with established local artists. Fiona feels it sets the right tone for 2020.

“We want to have conversations about change, on both an environmental and a personal level, but more importantly, how we face the challenges that change creates.”

Originally planned for May, the festival is looking to reschedule to later in the year around October.

“We were about 10 days from sending our program to print when we had to make the decision to cancel the original May dates.

“We’ll reach out to the artists we had programmed and hope that most will still be available to participate. The virus doesn’t change the line-up of amazing new books we want to celebrate!

“We are looking to reopen early bird ticket sales in August, and will reveal our full program in September."


Photo: Fiona Dorrell, by Paz Tassone

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