Events

2024 - WATCH TALKFEST LIVE CLICK HERE

SUPPER CLUB FRIDAY THE 24TH  MAY; 6pm – 8pm Loft Room, Seaview Hotel, 56 The Strand, Townsville RESERVE TICKETS $29

TALKFEST SATURDAY 25TH  MAY 10am – 4pm;  Theatrette, Queensland Museum Tropics, 70-102 Flinders St, Townsville SECURE SEATING $5.  

FNWF2024 commences as all festivals do in the Greater Pacific, with Welcomes.  And we are grateful.

Wulgurukaba, canoe peoples, of the larger Townsville region Welcome us to Country.

It is a great honour, that Ambassador Caroline Kennedy of the Australian  U.S. Embassy has sent a letter with “my warmest regards to all those taking part in the 2024 First Nations Writers Festival”. She says “The Festival has made great strides in just a short time and it is playing a practical and positive role in taking the stories of the Greater Pacific to the world. I commend the Festival organisers not just for holding the event in Townsville and presenting the annual book awards, but also for publishing works that provide insight into the region’s people, cultural diversity, rich history, and current challenges and opportunities.” There is more you will hear at the event.  Her warm words resonate across the creatives of the Greater Pacific.

Peter Rockford Espiritu of Hawaii, just returned from consulting with Disney on the new Moana production,  our MC for the FNWF2024, and a Member of our Circle of Knowledge, will bring us all together with an Hawai’ian chant for gathering.

We are stronger together.  Join us at the two events; reserve your space. Read about our VIP Guest Speakers and Artist below.  

PETER ROCKFORD ESPIRITU of Hawaii is FNWF family, as a Member of the Circle of Knowledge, and as MC for FNWF2024.   He is the Executive and Artistic Director of Tau Dance Theater in Honolulu; a Dance USA Fellow and Western Arts Alliance – Advancing Indigenous Performances – Native Launchpad Fellow. A Fellowship as a First Nations/Pacific Island Delegate to present at the 75th annual International Society for the Performing Art Congress in Perth (Australia) spring 2024. And part of the creative team for Disney as choreographer for the ‘World Premiere’ of the first ever stage show of MOANA.

ANDRI SNAER MAGNASON is one of Iceland’s most beloved writers and intellectuals, and a global best selling author, multi award winner across multiple mediums, genres and countries:  books – children + adults, docos, poetry and prose, plays, English and many other languages.  He has been performed or translated in 40+ countries.  His most recent book, ON TIME AND WATER explores the multi generational knowledge through experience within his family, of the complex subject: CLIMATE CHANGE.  Past, Present and Future.  The book’s accessibility ensured it became an international best seller.   From myths and facts and experience, he builds the future in prose.  On solid, irrefutable, foundations.  The Greater Pacific knows a lot about CLIMATE CHANGE.  FNWF2024 brings together stories of the melting glaciers of Iceland (and beyond) and the drowning Pacific.  We are stronger together.       AUSTRALIAN DEBUT

MONTY SOUTAR ONZM of New Zealand is a globally recognised expert historian, combined with experience and campaigning, of the Maori nation.   His most recent book KAWAI: FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS is his first novel, and it has swept awards and the world.  It is an honest and engaging story of indigenous Aotearoa in mid 1700’s, through to the first encounters between Māori and Europeans. It shares a highly sophisticated Maori culture with an immense knowledge of science, medicine and religion; proud tribes living harmoniously with nature;  highly capable and adaptable; where resilience is built on family and culture. With a brutal undercurrent of inter-generational vengeance, witchcraft and cannibalism.  Dr Sourtar’s own history, accomplishments, and now another first, this groundbreaking epic story, is a reflection of his novel.    AUSTRALIAN DEBUT 

BOOK LAUNCH …..PAUL PURI NII of Papua New Guinea:  BIRTH OF A TRIBE:  The history of PNG is told through the lens of  colonisers. Until now.  A FNWF2023 Book Award recipient, this Memoir shares Mr Nii’s Grandmother’s and his Uncles’ stories; his own and the history of PNG. The fantasy and myths of creation of this new tribe; the intellectual and cultural resilience to sustain it; and assimilation (mostly) with the colonisers. The full arc of life is explored from a remote part of PNG to the centre of the new capital of the new country with the new Queen. Scale is important. His uncle, Paraka is the first-born son of this new tribe, in a remote village in the Highlands. Born twelve years after the birth of HRH Princess Elizabeth in 1927; who eventually become Her Majesty the Queen of Papua New Guinea. Nothing could have foreshadowed this relationship between Her Majesty and Paraka. By the time both passed in the 2020’s, PNG had become independent, a member of the Commonwealth, and Mr Paraka Nii, had been awarded by Her Majesty an MBE 1995; Silver Jubilee Medal 2000; and 30-year Independence Anniversary Medal 2005. And Paraka Nii was elevated to the highest Honour of all by his Queen for his country: Chief Logohu. Paul Puri Nii has a Laws degree, a Masters (w/Honours), and is currently the Principal Magistrate of the District Courts of PNG. AUSTRALIAN DEBUT  

BOOK LAUNCH …..JOHN W KURI of Papua New Guinea:  PORUGL:  THE ATROCITY OF KERWANBA.  A FNWF2023 Book Award recipient. Mr Kuri wrote a fast-paced fantasy thriller set in the majestic Highlands of Papua New Guinea.   Anticipation keeps you engrossed; a rare book where what you think is going to happen next? Doesn’t.  A roller coaster of emotions: fear, horror and enchantment. A page turner with an engaging protagonist, and vicious enemies. Filled with cultural signs and elaborators. However you haven’t experienced this before. At a literary peak in its structural and descriptive accuracy and authenticity of events.  The second book of the Porugl Trilogy. Award winning fantasy novels around the world (and movies) have nothing on this story.  John W Kuri was born to Simbu parents, and now lives in Port Moresby PNG.  He studied Science at the UPNG.  AUSTRALIAN DEBUT 

 

LABEN SAKALE JOHN is an abstract artist from Papua New Guinea, one of the top artists in PNG, with an international reputation amongst collectors, and international exhibitions to his name. His work resonates contemporary stories of the Greater Pacific. It includes, portraits, landscapes, and everyday life around a modern PNG urban city life.   He has exhibited in PNG and the Pacific, and abroad: across Australia, USA and Germany.  Many of his works are held in private collections and museums including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s art collection.  He also collects Art from his colleagues and  one of the leading stamp collectors from PNG with 100,000+. His work has featured on PNG stamps  He spoke to FNWF Art Ambassador Paulini Turagabeci (see our Youtube)

BOOK LAUNCH…..FNWF2023 SHORT STORY AWARD WINNERS:  First Nations Writers Festival presents the following award winning guest speakers: 

          EURALIA PAINE OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA:    “THE PROMISE”

            ARNOLD MUNDUA OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA:    AN UNEXPECTED INCIDENT AND I WAS MARRIED AGAIN

               PAULINI TURAGABECI OF FIJI:    TOBE

                 BAKA BINI OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA:    KAUKAU BLUES –  Tok Ples, Tok Pisin, and English, or, Trikopi

                   LORNA SAGUBA OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA:   HUSBAND / BOYFRIEND HOUSE

                     KOGORA HALE OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA:    THE YELLOW BUTTERFLY

                       MARLENE DEE GREY POTOURA OF BOUGAINVILLE:    THE SINGING DOGS OF NEW GUINEA

 

ANNOUNCING: 

SHORT STORY AWARD WINNERS FNWF2024          BOOK AWARD WINNERS FNWF2024      

BOOKS CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE ADDITIONS          BOOKS FOR SALE

Past Events

2023

Book Awards Festival 2023

Book Awards Festival 2023 - Gallery

Book Awards Festival 2023 - Videos

2022