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  • The Good Life - 2022 Program Reveal

    That's right, our program is now LIVE and limited earlybird tickets are on sale until August 29 - get in quick to save. We have 40 speakers, thinkers, writers, and storytellers taking part in over 25 events across four days. Head to our EVENTS tab to download the program and find out how to buy tickets. Our theme, The Good Life, is felt throughout with thoughtful panels that will enrich and inspire, never losing sight of our mission to celebrate stories, words, and ideas. Head to the WRITERS tab to see our 2022 speakers and panelists - it's a diverse group and we're so looking forward to hosting individuals of such a high caliber. What's on your not-to-be-missed list?

  • Dr Norman Swan is Coming to Tasmania

    The Tamar Valley Writers Festival is delighted to present these exclusive conversations with Dr Norman Swan in Launceston and Hobart to talk about his latest book: “SO YOU WANT TO LIVE YOUNGER LONGER?” (Hachette Australia). Our 2022 Festival theme is ‘The Good Life’ and who better to kick off these conversations than Dr Norman Swan: Australia’s trusted, straight-talking doctor and broadcaster, and now author of his second book on how to live your healthiest, youngest life. After all, many of us dream of staying as young as possible for as long as possible, and there's a growing conga line of products and people offering you just that dream. The dilemma is: which of the pills, mental and physical exercise programs, diets, and superfoods actually work? Some of them do help to keep us younger, healthier and living longer, others are a downright waste of money. So, how do you know what and who to trust? Enter Dr Swan with his trademark wit, common sense, and accessible style with his new book “So You Want To Live Younger Longer?” in conversation with brilliant, Tasmanian authors and lifestyle connoisseurs. LAUNCESTON: Dr Swan will be in conversation with Tasmanian leadership coach, author, and therapist, Dr Polly McGee to talk about lifestyle in what is sure to be an enjoyable evening of information, empathy, and humour. Tuesday, August 30, 5:30pm Tramsheds Function Centre, Launceston HOBART: Norman Swan will discuss all things sustainable and healthy with landscape designer and educator Hannah Moloney, of Good Life Permaculture. Hannah is a regular guest presenter with ABC Gardening Australia, and is the author of “The Good Life”, released to much acclaim in 2021. Wednesday, August 31, 5:30PM Ian Potter Recital Hall, Hobart These conversations are a fantastic beginning to thinking about ‘The Good Life’ ahead of the Tamar Valley Writers Festival, October 13 - 17, 2022. Our festival is about stories, words, and ideas, and it’s our pleasure to bring them to life in conjunction with Dr Norman Swan in August.

  • Making The Invisible, Visible.

    The launch of Avery McDougall’s debut young adult fiction novel ‘Invisibly Grace’ was an enjoyable and thought-provoking evening hosted by the Tamar Valley Writers Festival at Petrarch’s Bookshop, attended by headspace Launceston. McDougall was presented in conversation with local literary fixture and Doctor of Creative Writing Cameron Hindrum. Their candid conversation was interspersed with laughter as well as discussion not just about the challenges of writing a novel, but of McDougall’s own complicated health journey. Hindrum spoke highly of main character Grace’s wit and authenticity, as well as the tone and pace of the story. McDougall shared that she wanted the book to not just serve as representation for young people in Grace’s health situation but also as an opportunity to develop empathy and understanding for others who meet people like Grace in their lives. ‘Invisibly Grace’ is the story of sixteen-year-old Grace Turing as she arrives at a new school determined to keep her chronic illness a secret to try and seem ‘normal’. The Examiner wrote about Avery McDougall’s desire to flout the traditional disability or ‘sicklit’ genre for young adult fiction by presenting a protagonist who both has a chronic condition without an ‘end’ and doesn’t serve as inspiration for able-bodied characters in their article on Saturday April 30. ‘Invisibly Grace’ is available from Forty South Publishing’s website, as well as Petrarch’s Bookshop and Fullers Bookshop Hobart. Signed copies are available at Petrarch’s Bookshop in Launceston.

  • The Making of a Magpie: Writing Tamar The Thief

    Tamar the Thief is an e-book that was commissioned and created by the Tamar Valley Writers Festival to be shared for free with schools, families and readers everywhere. The project was the vision of the festival’s artistic director Georgie Todman, who brought together in collaboration two Launceston-based creators: writer Lyndon Riggall and artist Grace Roberts. In this blog, Lyndon shares his insight into how the book came to be, beginning with his experience writing the book. * * * * * I have always loved magpies (Go Collingwood!). I love the beautiful pattern of their black and white feathers, the wildness of their eyes, the wardle argle oogle sound they make when they sing of the morning’s arrival… to be honest even their swooping (which luckily we don’t see much of in Tasmania) is fascinating to me. Where I sit to write each morning, above me is an artwork by Graeme Whittle (who I created my first picture book, Becoming Ellie, with) called The Song of the Magpie. When Georgie, Grace and I met, I told them of my love for these birds, and we talked about different ideas for what we might create, including having a magpie visit Tasmania from the mainland on holiday! For me, the first step was always going to be the story. I wanted to know what we, as readers, learn when we turn the final page. In European folklore there are so many tales of magpies being thieves… there is even a famous opera about it! In actual fact, magpies aren’t nearly as interested in shiny objects as we are interested in making up stories (which makes me wonder if some of those famous tales aren’t really just good excuses for when we lose our car keys). Nevertheless, it is true that magpies have been known to steal the odd shiny object to add to their nest. When the creative team behind Tamar the Magpie returned back to our houses, we began playing with ideas privately, and one day my phone buzzed with an image attached from Grace. It was a sketch of a magpie, but there was something special about her… she had the most startlingly human expression on her face. It occurred to me that she looked like I do when someone tries to talk to me while I’m really hungry! That was when Tamar came to life for me. In that face I saw jealousy, and stubbornness, and I knew that this little magpie would do almost anything to try and keep up with everyone else. I realised, suddenly, that as her house grew more and more crowded with the things hoarded away inside it she would get less and less happy with every passing day as the guilt weighed on her wings. From that point on I knew I had the course of Tamar’s journey. Tamar’s tale is really about the fact that sometimes we get confused about what we really need. Tamar isn’t wrong that there is something missing in her life, but like so many of us she tries to fill that hole with things, when what she really needs is a friend. It was very important to me that she found a true friend by the end of the book, and I can’t think of a single creature more deserving of the title than Luka the kookaburra. Luka is patient with Tamar. He doesn’t fight her when she convinces herself that all of the things that she has collected in her house are going to make the other birds like her. He doesn’t try to make her throw anything away. He waits patiently for her to realise for herself that the life that she is living is not the one that she wants, and guides her thinking by being the best example of a better way of living that he can possibly be. The story tells us that Luka knows that any friend who only wants to visit you because of the cool stuff that you have isn’t a true friend, but he doesn’t have to say that. That’s probably what I love most about him: he believes that Tamar will make the right choice if he just cares about her and gives her the time and space to think about what will really make her happy. I am really proud of Tamar the Thief. With Georgie’s passion and hard work to bring the project to life, the enthusiasm of our festival director Mary Machen and the Tamar Valley Writers Festival committee, and of course Grace’s captivating illustrations, I think that what we have created together is a book that people of all ages can love, and laugh at, and even learn from. The best news of all? In the book Tamar realises that holding on to beautiful things won’t make her happy, and so instead she he releases them back into the world. Here we have a beautiful thing that we have made. I am very excited to be giving it away. Author photo: Kate Tulejac * * * * * Read Tamar The Thief

  • Congratulations to Kyle Perry!

    Congratulations to Kyle Perry on the exciting news that his best-selling debut crime novel, The Bluffs, has been optioned to become a TV series by First Option Pictures. Kyle is a Tasmanian author who was a 'full house' drawcard at our Word of Mouth pop-up festival last September and features on the TVWF podcast series, you can watch the shortened or full interview below. Watch the full interview here Kyle Perry is a man of many talents. He is a drug and alcohol counsellor in Hobart, Tasmania. Kyle grew up around the Tasmanian bush and seas and his love for the Tasmanian landscape has played an important role in influencing his writing and spare time. The Bluffs takes us deep into the Tasmanian wilderness and follows the story of a group of teenage school girls who go missing in the fictitious town of Limestone Creek - drawn in Kyle’s imagination from his visits to Mole Creek and the Greater Western Tiers. With several prime suspects under investigation, this mystery thriller is a page turner!

  • Sally Wise event celebrating new cookbook

    The Tamar Valley Writers Festival and the National Book Council Tasmania invite you to join Tasmanian author and cook Sally Wise and veteran radio presenter Chris Wisbey in celebrating the release of Sally's new book, The Comfort Bake (Murdoch Books). Food & Words to Warm the Heart offers a convivial afternoon of lovely conversation — ranging from recipes and pantry secrets to reminiscing aplenty with her good friend and former ABC Radio presenter Chris Wisbey. These days Chris, with his partner Sally Dakis,  operates a 3500-tree cherry farm in the State’s south. What would a Sally Wise event be without delicious food, and the ticket price includes a traditional afternoon tea. Alcoholic beverages will be available at bar prices. Tickets are $35 each. Be sure to book your place quickly as seating capacity at the Rowella Community Hall venue is limited, due to Covid-19 restrictions. This event is supported by Petrarch's Bookshop, and copies of Sally’s book will be available for purchase signings. FOOD & WORDS TO WARM THE HEARTSally Wise in conversation with Chris WisbeyPresented by the TVWF and the National Book Council TasmaniaSunday February 27, 2-4pmRowella Community Hall, Rowella Rd.Tickets $35 Bookings through Eventbrite Sally Wise Sally Wise OAM is a living legend of home cooking. She was the 2019 Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year, and is known as 'Tasmania's favourite nan' for her popular cooking school set in the picturesque Derwent Valley, bestselling cookbooks and decades-long regular spot on ABC Radio. When she is not running cooking demonstrations at food festivals or community events, or furnishing the local work-from-home group, 'The Custard Club', with innovative cakes, she can be found teaching locals, tourists, prisoners, young adults, children - anyone! - how to turn simple ingredients into comforting meals. Chris Wisbey Chris Wisbey is best known in Tasmania as presenter of ABC Radio’s ‘Weekend’ programmes. Especially the Saturday Morning talkbacks where he was Peter Cundall’s hearing aid for two decades and the ‘Jams and Preserves’ segment with the legendary Sally Wise, who he would like to think, in a small way, helped take her from ‘passionate but unassuming’ to her status as ‘Australia’s bestselling cooking writer’! Chris grew up in Southern Tasmania, took a ‘Gentleman’s degree’ at UTAS (extended…), worked in the West Coast mines and found himself studying Performing Arts and working for the ABC in Townsville. Starting of as weather-boy in the 7o’clock news and eventually presenting the bulletin and that forgotten classic of North Queensland Current Affairs; 'Points North'.  When Evening Radio started in Queensland, Chris took over and remained in radio for 38 years, working in at least 12 locations including presenting the national daily ‘Morning Extra’ and the long running ‘Australia All Over’ from Sydney. Chris and his wife, Sally Dakis, both retired from the ABC over two years ago now. They have two daughters studying at tertiary level, and are trying to stop running a large commercial cherry orchard and Peony farm just outside of Richmond.

  • Tamar Valley Storytellers: Ian Kennedy Williams

    Ian Kennedy Williams is the author of three novels and four collections of short stories. He has also written for the stage and worked on film and TV initiatives for Screen Australia and Screen Queensland. His work has garnered numerous awards and he is a recipient of an Australian Film Institute nomination for screenwriting. Born in the UK, he has lived most of his adult life in Australia. In 2009 he and his wife Liz left steamy Brisbane for the more salubrious climate of Tasmania. 1. What are you working on? I’m currently revisiting a longish story I included in my last collection Leaving the Comfort Zone. It’s about a rookie police detective’s obsession with a young woman’s suicide, the woman’s relationship to the household where she was employed and the property’s connection to a double suicide that occurred there in the 1930s. The story, even at around 11,000 words, always seemed ripe for development, so I’m seeing if it has the scope to work as a short novel. I’ve introduced a backstory for the detective, which will play into the main narrative, and a subplot that at the moment could go anywhere. Or nowhere. The narrative crosses genres, drawing on gothic and supernatural tropes as well as from the detective story. There are narrative and time shifts and differing points of view, though the focus is primarily on the detective — the more deeply she delves into the story the more she becomes a part of it. Whether it all comes together is another matter. It’s early days. 2. How does the Tamar Valley influence your writing? For the migrant, the question of home can be a point of contention. Is ‘home’ forever rooted in the place of birth and childhood, or is it the adopted place, the place of settlement? For the rootless, I guess, it’s a perennial search for a sense of belonging. I’ve lived, at various times, in five different Australian states, which implies a degree of rootlessness. Even a long sojourn in the one place can seem, in retrospect, as if it were simply a stopping off point on the journey to somewhere else. All the places I’ve lived have had some influence on my writing, though mostly from a geographical perspective. Which is to say I set my stories locally and draw on a particular sense of place to shape the narrative. This, I note, often involves characters wrangling a sense of restlessness. After thirty years living in the subtropics, moving to the Tamar Valley felt a bit like coming home. The landscape resembles my native West Country and Launceston (named after the Cornish town) has much in common with Bristol, another old seaport. My recent writing has diverse settings, but it occurs to me that there has been a subtle shift from stories about leaving to ones of arrival. 3. What themes are you exploring? I’m not an ideas or issues writer though, as noted above, the social setting or a particular environment can influence the stories I write. My novel Regret was about the fallout from a pig shoot, a character drama set against racial tensions in a declining mill town on the NSW north coast. My writing process is to start with a character or situation and work outwards from there. Patricia Highsmith is said to have resented being referred to as a crime writer; she was, she said, interested in guilt and how people dealt with it. Transgression is something that has always interested me, the way otherwise good people are drawn to or manipulated into doing bad things. I’m also interested in the outsider’s perspective, the role of the disinterested bystander, the recorder rather than the participator. Sometimes this means playing the unreliable narrator, which opens up all sorts of narrative possibilities. Generally, though, I’m mostly interested in exploring character pathology, what makes people tick. Someone once described my stories as miniaturist (approvingly, I think, though you can’t always tell). Some writers like to record the big picture. I like to focus on the moment. 4. Describe for us where you write. A three bedroom house inhabited by two adults and a cat means I have a room in which to write. It’s a small room with a long desk to one side supporting two aging computers, a printer, paper trays, and, tucked in the corner, my father’s war service medals. Bookshelves hold mostly reference works, which sadly, if inevitably, the internet has made largely redundant. The shelves also hold various knickknacks collected over the years, family pics, postcards and a ship in a bottle (actually a bulbous clear glass cider flagon, the sailing clipper set into the bottom of the bottle not the side as is usual). Across from the desk are two small filing cabinets, a shredder and a cd player sitting on a sewing cabinet that still contains thread, chalk, scissors etc from my late father-in-law’s tailoring days. On the wall are five framed certificates for writing awards, my wife’s Sao Award (Senior Admin Officer), two of my grandfather’s paintings, a pair of antiquarian prints depicting the Americas and two prints of Weston-super-Mare (where I grew up) circa 1851. The solitary window overlooks a hedge-rimmed garden and a main arterial road, generally quiet except for twice a day when kids are being ferried to and from school. Across the road, a little to the left and behind a stand of towering pine trees is Carr Villa cemetery, home to the dead, dog-walkers and the occasional hoon on a trail bike. 5. Finish this sentence, "I want my writing to..." Engage. Writing that doesn’t engage doesn’t go anywhere. Subvert expectations. Which is not to suggest implausible resolutions, rather that stories exploring the lives of complex characters should never be predictable. Be authentic. The stories and characters depicted should ring true, which means engaging different literary forms as the narrative demands. And finally, dare I say, appear easy. Yeats, in his poem Adam’s Curse put it best. ‘A line will take us hours maybe;/Yet if it does not seem a moment’s thought,/Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.’ 6. What's your favourite read so far this year? I read recently that men generally don’t read fiction written by women. That was something of a revelation to me as probably 90% of the novels I’ve read over the last few years are by female authors. I did revisit William Trevor, an early favourite, catching up with his later novels that had passed me by, but for me the standout authors of recently reading are Elizabeth Strout and Anne Enright. Both are very good at families, particularly the fractious relationships between siblings. Strout particularly has the gift of drawing you into the story as if she were telling it to you personally. I’ve just finished Enright’s The Green Road, which is probably my most enjoyable read this year. Both writers have a light, wry touch, but Enright has the comic edge with the sort of lines that make you think, ‘I wish I’d written that…’ I also read Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz, an interesting take on the traditional murder mystery, one that gives the victim agency over her life and demise. Not so much a crime story as a meditation on death, loss and healing, it is, for the most part, a rewarding read. Currently I am reading Broken Spear: the untold story of Black Tom Birch, the man who sparked Australia’s bloodiest war by Hobart writer Robert Cox. Meticulously researched and written with the novelist’s flair for narrative, it’s a thoroughly absorbing biography of one of the most significant Indigenous Australians in Tasmania’s colonial history.

  • Tamar Valley Storytellers: Julian Burgess

    Julian Burgess is the author of nine non-fiction books including Holyman's Of Bass Strait: Shipping and Aviation Pioneers of Australia; Home of Peace, The Eskleigh Story; The Tamar Yacht Club, a history of sailing in Launceston from 1837; A Woman Of Charity, the biography of Launceston philanthropist Mrs W. D. Booth; Duck Reach And Launceston’s Electric Light; William Gow’s Anzac Diary; The Outcome Of Enterprise, Launceston’s Waverley Woollen Mills; and Cruel Wind (with Robert Matthews) on the 1998 Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race Disaster. Julian is a former Associate Editor of the Launceston Examiner newspaper where he edited and wrote many of The Examiner’s annual historical supplements between 2006 and 2014. He has written hundreds of articles on Tasmanian history and contributed to a number of local historical publications. You can find out more at 1. What are you working on? I’m currently editing and preparing for publishing a history of a Launceston business which will celebrate its 130th anniversary next year. The survival of this business has been closely tied to the fluctuating economic fortunes of industry in Launceston. The manuscript combines photos and recollections from several generations of the family involved in the business and tells the story of important industrial developments in the Tamar Valley and further afield. I also like to write articles on topical subjects for the Launceston Historical Society’s OUR HISTORY series that runs in the Sunday Examiner. 2. How does the Tamar Valley influence your writing? My family had a small orchard on the edge of the Tamar River at Kayena in the 1950s and that’s where I lived as a young child. My earliest memories are of ships passing our house, our neighbour Cliff Brown’s cod boat moored off our jetty and apples and pears being picked and packed for shipment to interstate and overseas markets. I’ve lived most of my life in Launceston and the Tamar Valley and love telling the stories of the people and activities that have shaped our region. 3. What themes are you exploring? Local history is what interests me. As one of the earliest European settlements in Australia our region was highly influential in national affairs in the 19th century and into the 20th century. I like telling the stories from this period of our history. 4. Describe for us where you write. The advent of the laptop computer has meant I can work anywhere but my favourite places are the kitchen table and the family room couch. I do get into trouble when the kitchen table and couch become crowded with reference books and papers! I do have a study with all my books arranged in bookcases and a big desktop Apple computer with printers etc where I can scan documents and photos and work on graphics but I prefer working on a laptop. 5. Finish this sentence, "I want my writing to..." I want my writing to tell stories that recognise significant local events and people. My favourite saying comes from Richard Flanagan’s novel Gould’s Book of Fish and is attributed to William Bulow Gould:  "You don't know who you are if you don't know where you come from." I think that the more we know about our past the more we understand our present. 6. What's your favourite read so far this year? Well, apart from my current addiction to Jack Reacher I think Tongerlongeter: First Nations Leader and Tasmanian War Hero by Henry Reynolds and Nicholas Clements would be my favourite closely followed by The Little Skipper: Sir John Evans by Nigel Burch.

  • TVWF receives recovery funding

    The Tamar Valley Writers Festival is excited to share news that it is one of 14 events and organisers to receive a total of $1.5 million through the State Government's Regional Event Recovery funding scheme. The Fund supports organisers to undertake activities that contribute to the sustainability of events in regional areas, and encourage interstate and intrastate visitation. This is a welcome boost and will support all that we strive to achieve and present as a not-for-profit, volunteer committee.

  • Tamar Valley Storytellers: Johanna Baker-Dowdell

    Johanna has always worked with words — professionally as a media officer and journalist, and writing creatively and blogging for fun at Published works include the crowd-funded book Business & Baby on Board, fiction published online by Transportation Press and Forty South Magazine and memoir pieces in Love Alters: A Love for All Seasons and Unfinished Chapters. Johanna recently completed a PhD at University of Tasmania, investigating how journalists use social media texts when reporting on crises and exploring themes of speed, ethics and veracity in news reporting. 1. What are you working on? I'm in the final stages of editing a short story, written slowly over the course of 2021 as part of a self-paced short story writing course through the Australian Writers' Centre. As someone who is more familiar with writing news and feature articles or speeches, fiction is new to me so I'm taking my time to get it right. Now I've finished my PhD I'm giving myself some space to decide which big writing project to tackle next. I've got a few ideas for novels and some creative non-fiction works swimming around in my head. 2. How does the Tamar Valley influence your writing? I frequently find the Tamar Valley and its surrounds cropping up in my fiction writing as a character, because I often come up with ideas for stories while walking my dog Bastille. There is nothing quite like watching the sun rise over the river or that gorgeous light reflecting off an autumnal vineyard in the afternoon golden hour for setting my creativity in motion. However, when I worked as a journalist I covered stories with this beautiful valley at their heart. The Tamar Valley was the inspiration for, or location of, businesses and events I wrote about and presented the backdrop to important issues impacting the region and its residents. 3. What themes are you exploring? The short story I'm working on now deals with love, betrayal and independence. The other ideas I mentioned span themes of resilience, fear, crime, love and death. 4. Describe for us where you write. Most of my writing happens in two places: at the messy dining room table or while sitting on the lounge with a view of the garden while life goes on around me. But I do have plans for a writing studio/granny flat in my backyard someday... 5. Finish this sentence, "I want my writing to..." I want my writing to stay with my reader long after they've finished the story. 6. What's your favourite read so far this year? My friend Jodi Gibson recently launched her rom com The Five Year Plan, which was delightfully fun to read but also made me think of how much I miss travelling and exploring other cultures. Jodi's characters felt like people I knew well, struggling with issues I found familiar. Plus it had the added appeal of being set in Italian cafes and restaurants! Another favourite was Phosphorescence by Julia Baird, which I found both inspiring and instructive to read in the early stages of my recovery from a horrific ankle injury. Like Julia, I find a calmness and healing quality around water, so I appreciated how she used it while undergoing and recovering from cancer treatment.

  • Tamar Valley Storytellers: Medhanit Barratt

    Tasmanian-based singer-songwriter Medhanit Barratt was born in the African country of Ethiopia and adopted at the age of six months. At the age of 21, Medhanit’s writing now explores provocative themes such as cultural and racial matters, drawing inspiration from her own and others’ social experiences. But, most of all, Medhanit is fascinated with the human condition. Feelings of both broken and divine love, crippling jealousy, conflict and peace; how we emotionally evolve. Growing up performing and writing acoustically, Medhanit decided to move into the world of production so her songs could exist in a bigger sonic space and has now released two singles, 'Her' and 'Same Things'. 1. What are you working on? Currently I am working on my next release and developing the best way to present my music project live. We’re making our way through the recording and production process for a new single too, which always forces you to refine your artistic intentions I find. 2. How does the Tamar Valley influence your writing? The Tamar Valley to me represents an escape; the valley lines the road to our family shack, where I’ve written many a story. Our family car has hugged those asphalt bends on the way to most Easters and Christmases. Five of us whoosh past the winery vines and teeter over the Tamar’s water. My dad knows that road inside out. Nestled in the valley is our family hideout; a writer's nook disguised as a seaside home. I think I write differently there, it doesn’t feel like it’s for anyone else. 3. What themes are you exploring? Most of my acoustic work revolves around the human condition; how we love and what it means to be human in its messy entirety. I am also delving into themes of racial microaggressions, profiling and stereotypes. 4. Describe for us where you write. The notes app in my phone sees a lot more of my feelings than I’d care to admit. I write from my bed covers, sitting in an empty house cross legged on the family piano stool, tipsily in the bathroom on a night out and then of course everywhere in between. Perhaps not always fleshed out lyrics that make it to the next morning, but leftover sentiments that are salvageable at the very least. 5. Finish this sentence, "I want my songwriting to..." I want my songwriting to create the perfect track you can dance with your friends to but with lyrics that could make you cry. 6. What's your favourite read so far this year? Perhaps I could share my favourite song of this year: Angie McMahon’s cover of Tea Milk & Honey by Oh Pep! The lyrics on Angie’s voice are cruelly beautiful.

  • TVWF acknowledged in parliament

    In a speech to the Tasmanian House of Representatives on Monday, Bass MP Bridget Archer turned a spotlight on the work of the Tamar Valley Writers Festival in ensuring the literature scene in Tasmania remains vibrant, despite the challenges and restrictions of Covid-19. She acknowledged that the pandemic has interrupted many literary festivals around Australia, including here in the Tamar Valley, but that the TVWF had sought to raise morale and encourage engagement through its recent Word of Mouth pop-up festival. "Committee member Johanna Baker-Dowdell told me it was designed to be like a tasting plate of storytelling, conversation and performances, but we also hoped it would keep everyone's spirits up when we had so much being cancelled or changed due to Covid," Ms Archer said. "I would encourage anyone interested to check out the festival's own podcast where Lyndon Riggall and Annie Warburton talk to Tasmanian authors, playwrights, comedians, poets and editors about their works, how they draw inspiration from Tasmania and what's in store for them." Watch Bass MP Bridget Archer's speech here

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