The GHANtastic Writers’ Tour sets off on 6 September on the 2979 km journey from Darwin to Adelaide with 6 award-winning authors and entertainers for 2 weeks of fabulous sounding talks, performances and workshops in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and Adelaide.
The Tour will be joined by other writers and entertainers along the way, performing, speaking and delivering workshops in major towns between Darwin and Adelaide. It leaves Darwin Wednesday morning, after a rail-side champagne farewell and has its first stop in Katherine that afternoon.
Events in Darwin start earlier, on the Monday, with an early screening of the new Australian ‘musical of a different kind’ One Night the Moon at the Deckchair Cinema, followed by an evening launch on Tuesday. The film is not expected to be in cinemas before November 06.
The Ghan arrives in Alice Springs on Thursday, 7th September where the Tour merges with the Alice Springs Festival. It then goes ‘off-track’ and takes in the Central region by car.
The Tour then reboards The Ghan, departing Alice Springs on the 14th September and arriving in Adelaide on Friday 15th September.
Two Indigenous writers, both winners of the David Unapaion Award, will be featured:
The list of literary luminaries & entertainers goes on:
A sample of some of the great sounding events:
Darwin: One Night the Moon screening & ‘In-Conversation’
Alice Springs filmmaker David Curl and award-winning screenwriters John Romeril and Andrew Bovell (Lantana) will talk about their lives, work and making of their films before a rare screening of One Night The Moon, written by John Romeril.
Katherine High School Free Workshop: Stories in the Classroom
Samuel Wagan Watson, Leonie Norrington and Andrew Bovell discuss the role of literature in the classroom. Relevant and high quality stories, poems, plays and films can often turn a reluctant reader into an avid one. These three high profile writers discuss the use of literature in the classroom and provide some practical suggestions about how to get kids excited about reading and writing through literature.
Katherine Free Seminar – The Writers’ Journey
Authors Philip McLaren, John Romeril and Sandra Thibodeaux -at the O’Keeffe Residenc, a beautiful National Trust property – discuss their ‘journeys’. How did they begin? What inspires them? What difficulties did they experience and how did they move through them? How have they been able to get ahead in the publishing/film industries? Fascinating for budding writers and interested readers/film- and theatre-goers.
Alice Springs: Writers on tour
Samuel Wagan Watson, Leonie Norrington, Philip McLaren and Leah Flanagan will read and perform their work alongside local writers and musicians. Light refreshments available. BYO cushion. Venue – Aboriginal Australia Art & Culture Centre.
A spectacular, one-off event featuring local songmen and storytellers alongside touring writers. Music, story, poetry – under the stars, beneath Uluru.
Alice Springs: Ali Curung Performance & Screening
Music, poetry, storytelling, and a movie, outdoors at Ali Curung Park.
Alice Springs: Workshop – Write for Children
With Leonie Norrington, NT author of the Barrumbi Kids series, at Red Hot Arts Space.
Bookings/enquiries for events
In Darwin, contact the NT Writers’ Centre, T: 8941 2651, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Katherine, contact Arts Katherine, T: 8971 0928
In Alice Springs, contact NT Writers’ Centre, Alice Springs: T – 8952 3810, E – email@example.com
In Adelaide, contact the SA Writers’ Centre: T – 08 8223 7662, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by: ArtsNT, the Australia Council for the Arts, The Sidney Myer Fund, GSR, Northern Territory Writers’ Centre, Katherine Regional Arts, Barkly Regional Arts & the South Australian Writers’ Centre.