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Nation’s Top Military Writers and Researchers Converge on the Top End

Hundreds of people from across the Territory and Australia have made their way to Darwin for tonight’s opening of the International Military Writers’ Festival.

The Territory Labor Government has invested $1.9 million into Territory Tribute events as part of the $103 million Turbocharging Tourism Stimulus Package, which aims to increase visitation, create more jobs and boost the local economy.

The three-day International Military Writers’ Festival officially begins tonight at 7.30pm with an evening address, The Day Everything Changed by Festival Ambassador Peter FitzSimons AM at Double Tree by Hilton.

Featuring over 20 sessions, the ‘War and Words’ themed festival brings together 30 of Australia’s most accomplished researchers, historians and writers who will lead literary sessions, panel discussions and author talks over the three days.

The Territory Tribute series of events started with the Bombing of Darwin Commemoration in February and concludes on 25 April for Anzac Day.

To find out more information or to purchase tickets to the International Military Writers’ Festival,  

Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss: 

“This weekend’s International Military Writers’ Festival has brought some of Australia’s very best military historians, researchers and authors to the Top End. I encourage everyone to support this fantastic festival by attending one of the many author talks, panel discussions and literary sessions included in the program.

“We know Darwin is a popular tourist destination for visitors interested in history, and I have no doubt all of the Territory Tribute events will be well supported by people right across the Northern Territory and Australia.

“With numerous other Territory Tribute events coming up, including Overture to Peace, I’d urge everybody to support this new festival of events which allows people to all ages to understand, experience and reflect on our unique military story in the Territory.”

Media Contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242