You’re here because you love words.
Whether you’re a reader, a writer or a thinker; starting out or well along in the journey; this place is for you. The Tamar Valley Writers Festival was sculpted to inspire and propel you forwards in your adventures with the written and spoken word. What better place to do it than immersed in the fertile environs of the Tamar with its vineyards, storied townships, and warm characters.
Renowned Australian authors, comedians, playwrights, song writers, and poets will bring new insights in our upcoming program. Imagine exploring the weight of storytelling through many a diverse lens.
The Festival comes to you reimagined to engage and entertain the Tasmanian community through a continuous thread of fresh and exciting events and opportunities, culminating in a fully-fledged festival every two years. Between now and then, we invite you to join as we embrace, explore and celebrate our wonderful world through words — fact and fiction.
Everything you need to know about the festival and how it all works.
Welcome to the TVWF Podcast series, interviewing great writers, thinkers and lovers of storytelling.
Tamar Valley Writers Festival is a biennial event.
Karen is the author of 15 books – historical fiction, historical fantasy, YA fantasy, and non-fiction. She has been an academic for over 25 years, a newspaper columnist and social commentator. She has a Ph.D. in English/Cultural Studies and is published internationally.
Dr Lee Kofman is a Russian-born, Israeli-Australian author based in Melbourne. Lee holds a PhD in social sciences and MA in creative writing and has written three fiction books. Her blog about writing was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014.
Robbie Arnott is the author of 'Limberlost', 'The Rain Heron', and 'Flames'. His work has been awarded The Age Book of the Year and The Margaret Scott Prize, and been shortlisted for many other literary prizes, including the Miles Franklin Award.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the founding director of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and editor of After Australia. His second novel, 'The Lebs', was shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award.
Jock Serong’s novels have received the ARA Historical Novel Prize, the Colin Roderick Award, the Ned Kelly Award for First Fiction and, internationally, the inaugural Staunch Prize (UK) and the Historia Award for Historical Crime Fiction (France).
Mallika is a writer of adult fiction and children’s books. She Never Looks Quite Back is her first collection of short stories. The stories depict themes of nature, war, migration, reconciliation, the pandemic, and love. The narratives allow glimpses into lives conflicted by chance and choice.
Martin Flanagan is the author of 20 books, a play, and two movie treatments. His last book, 'The Art of Pollination', is about social entrepreneur Jane Tewson.
Poppy’s two literary thrillers are inspired by Tasmania’s fragile, raw beauty, its dark history and the diverse, interesting people who live on the island. Poppy grew up in Launceston and now lives in Brisbane.
Meg began her writing career with Win Television Tasmania.
Later in her television career, she was a medical advisor for the Network Seven drama, 'All Saints'. Meg has written three novels and continues to write for stage as a cabaret performer and for film.
Bert Spinks is a storyteller, poet, writer, and bushwalking guide. He lives in the bush in northern Tasmania. For TVWF 2022, Bert is returning to his childhood stamping ground of Beaconsfield, and you can join him for a special guided walk experience.
Lucy is a multi-award-winning and bestselling writer for young adults, children, and adults. Her work is psychological and emotional, often inspired by wild places. Lucy is now Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing for the University of Tasmania.