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The Space Between the Stars Event - September 6

Updated: Feb 22

You’ve probably admired and respected Indira Naidoo as a news journalist and broadcaster, and more recently as a best-selling author. Now you can see and hear Indira at a gala lunch in Launceston, where she will give a key address about her latest book, The Space Between the Stars. In this book she writes about the tragic loss of her younger sister, the magical power of nature to heal, and shares her wonderful school-age memories growing up in Tasmania. Indira is a Launceston Church Grammar School alumni. Indira will be in conversation with Stephen Brown, CEO of Launceston City Mission for a decade and committed to community, healing, and creating safe spaces for the people of northern Tasmania.

Indira’s books will be available for purchase and she will be available for book signings and conversation at the conclusion of the event.

The ticket price includes complimentary sparkling wine on arrival and a two-course lunch as well as a $5 donation to Launceston City Mission.

About Indira Naidoo: Food sustainability advocate, garden designer, author & speaker.

During her 25-year journalistic career, Indira Naidoo became one of Australia’s most popular broadcasters, winning many awards. She hosted and reported for some of the country’s most distinguished news and current affair programs including ABC’s nightly Late Edition and SBS TV’s World News Tonight.

Since leaving full-time news broadcasting in 2000, Indira’s journalistic interest has not only shifted to the role global environmental issues play in conflict, poverty and food security, but she has also developed a food-gardening obsession. This obsession has led to Indira winning more awards – as a food garden designer – as well as accolades as a best-selling author.

It all began when Indira, a passionate foodie, decided to try growing her own food on the balcony of her 13th floor apartment in Potts Point, Sydney. This act transformed her balcony into an abundant kitchen garden and sparked her quest for self-sufficiency, a deeper awareness of the issues of climate change and a desire to reduce her carbon footprint – as well as providing her with great pleasure and enjoyment.

Her first book, the best-selling The Edible Balcony, is about growing food in small spaces, and her follow-up second book The Edible City is about community gardening.

She designed two award-winning food gardens for the Australian Garden Show Sydney, in Centennial Park, and through her garden company helps community group build their own food gardens. Indira is an ambassador for Sydney’s homeless crisis centre, the Wayside Chapel, and conducts weekly gardening classes on its rooftop vegetable garden for its homeless visitors.

The Tamar Valley Writers Festival is proud to present this event in recognition of Launceston having been designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy; in support of 24 Carrot Gardens; and celebration of sustainable permaculture advocate Hannah Moloney coming aboard TVWF as our inaugural ambassador and writer-in -residence for 2022. It is anticipated Hannah will attend this event.


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