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Q&A with festival president Georgie Todman

Updated: Feb 21

You may have heard by now that the Tamar Valley Writers Festival has two new faces in the roles of co-presidents to carry the vibrant organisation into the future. Georgie Todman and Lyndon Riggall are full of energy and passion for words: written, spoken, performed or any other way that sees people interacting with and enjoying this medium that ultimately promotes expression and empathy. We thought you might like to get to know them a little better. Here, Georgie gives us some insight into her world and workings. Next time, we'll bring you Lyndon. Enjoy.

What's your day job?

I am an English teacher at Launceston College, having recently transferred in from Brooks High School. I am also a foster carer with Life Without Barriers and the president of Three River Theatre Company.

Your earliest memory?

Gathering plums with my siblings in Beaconsfield. They had rigged up a guttering system to send them down the tree to the wheelbarrow. I thought it was magic!

How do you unwind?

I love to settle in with a good book or perhaps play a competitive/cooperative board game with friends or watch a good episode on the couch. 

What's something quirky about you?

I'm a vego, I can't feel one of my legs, I complete running events for fun and am about to do my second 25km 'Gone Nuts', I played the violin, I have my certificate one in Auslan and I can't eat onion. 

What are you reading right now?

I just finished Heather Rose's memoir Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here (Allen & Unwin, 2022). We recently attended an in-conversation with Heather and she was so genuine and impressive. I have also enjoyed two very cosy fantasy/sci fi stories in A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Becky Chambers, 2021) and Legends and Lattes (Travis Baldree, 2022) and I'm listening to Brene Brown's Atlas of the Heart (Vermilion, 2022) at the gym. 

Finish this sentence, "If I could meet one person I would choose..." go back in time and mess around with the grandfather paradox, shake things up a bit. 

Finish this sentence too, "My vision for the future of the TVWF includes..."

...engaging with the wider Tasmanian community, including young people, and fostering a love of language, literacy and community. I would love to see more people coming together to practise their writing craft and getting excited about reading and stories! 


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