A new three-day festival focusing on military writing has been announced as part of the inaugural Territory Tribute series of events in Darwin.
Running from 5-7 April, the International Military Writers’ Festival will feature author talks, panel discussions and literary sessions on wartime history, with writers, historians and researchers from around Australia.
Author Peter FitzSimons will act as festival ambassador for the inaugural festival, and will present a talk exploring the events surrounding the initial bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942. Governor-general and former chief of the defence force Peter Cosgrove will also deliver an opening address.
The festival will feature over 20 sessions and 30 participants, including writers Richard Walsh, Tim Bowden, Lynette Silver, Christina Twomey, Ian McPhedran and Allison Paterson.
The festival runs as part of a new series of events called Territory Tribute, designed to commemorate the Territory’s unique military history. Part of the Territory Labor government’s record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package, Territory Tribute is expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors to the Territory and deliver more than $4 million in estimated visitor expenditure.