Tasmania is the full stop at the bottom of the world, and we live on an island of stories. For years now, the Tamar Valley Writers Festival has celebrated our great thinkers, writers and readers, and now we are excited to share these insights globally, right here, on the Tamar Valley Writers Festival podcast. Lyndon Riggall and Annie Warburton talk to writers, playwrights, comedians, poets, editors and all of those who share a love of the written word.
The Tamar Valley Writers Festival podcast series is sponsored by Events Tasmania, MVisuals and the award winning Turner Stillhouse at Grindelwald. For more information on any books mentioned, please visit Petrarch’s, Launceston’s major book retailer.
Kyle Perry is a writer who divides his time between his hometown in North West Tasmania and Hobart. Growing up in the foothills of the Great Western Tiers, he has occasionally found himself lost in the Tasmanian wilderness and is inspired by experiences of the natural world that defy explanation. As a youth worker who has worked extensively in high schools, shelters and drug rehabilitation, his fiction interrogates these issues in a way that is deeply appreciative of the human soul at the centre of them, as is evident in his debut novel, The Bluffs.
The Bluffs is a story of two disappearances beneath Tasmania’s Great Western Tiers: a group of teenage girls in 1985 and a second group in the present day. As fingers are pointed in various directions the secrets of the past begin to unwind, while some locals fear that a mythical figure blamed for the abduction thirty years ago might have returned, known as “the Hungry Man”.
Lyndon Riggall chats with Kyle about The Bluffs, creativity, and the influence of Tasmania on his work.