Set amid vineyards, Launceston’s historic architectural beauty, or with natural bushland as a backdrop the Tamar Valley Writers Festival is a treasured part of Tasmania’s cultural calendar and one of the largest writers festivals outside a capital city in Australia.
Since its debut in 2014, this biennial festival has welcomed some of Australia’s most famed writers, thinkers, and speakers to share how the written word imbues their world. No genre is off limits. Romance, politics, crime, biography, comedy, songwriting, poetry, film, and television are all welcome as the festival embraces the full spectrum of diversity. Guest speakers include emerging and established writers, bloggers, critics, sports writers, playwrights, and poets — all for the love of words.
Our core values are:
Words … Stories … Ideas
There’s a special place in the Tamar Valley Writers Festival’s heart for Tasmania’s own writing talent, and we acknowledge a richly storied region and heritage
Our goal is to encourage a hunger and appreciation for writing and reading in Australia. Our committee is open-minded and nimble, constantly looking at new ways to help people connect with the written and spoken word. Collaborations are one of our favourite things. We will be revealing exciting new connections soon as we move towards the next festival, and the fleet of events and opportunities in the lead-up.
The over-arching theme that guides the Festival is Tasmania on the Global Page. We are excited by the way Tasmania’s literature and topics are a melting pot of diversity, from our indigenous and convict history to the growing interest in genealogy; to education and its challenges; to the presence of fine Tasmanian writing on bookshelves across the world.
We are particularly proud of our students’ program, which has drawn upwards of 600 students attending each Festival. And we shall continue, but this year the program will be delivered to schools or offered in unique spaces that give a greater sense of place for the stories being told. Already we have released our first e-book, Tamar The Thief, written by Lyndon Riggall and illustrated by Grace Roberts. If you haven’t read it you can find it right here under Storytelling.
Keep a keen eye on our website and our social media pages as there is plenty of news and exciting events about to come your way.
The countdown has begun to TVWF 2022, so keep October 13-17 clear in your diary. We look forward to you being part of the fun!
palanwina lurini kanamaluka
The Tamar Valley Writers Festival meets on lutruwita (Tasmania) Aboriginal land, and we acknowledge with deep respect the traditional owners of this land, the palawa people. For many years the palawa people referred to this land as palanwina lurini kanamaluka meaning ‘the town near river Tamar’. We pay respect to elders past and present and to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community that continues to care for Country. We acknowledge the palawa people’s unique storytelling culture and the richness it brings to the realm of literacy today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.