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Set amongst vineyards, blue skies and water views, the Tamar Valley Writers Festival is a cherished part of Tasmania’s cultural calendar and one of the largest writers festivals outside a capital city.

 

Since the first event in 2014, the biennial festival has welcomed some of Australia’s most famed writers, thinkers and speakers to share their unique insights into the written word. 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, poets and wordsmiths — all for the love of words.

 

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 theme for the 2022 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.

 

Our schools program was a roaring success at our previous festivals, engaging with young readers, parents and teachers alike thanks to high-profile children’s authors. And we shall continue! Our plans for the 2022 schools program are unparalleled. But that’s all we can say for now, other than to watch this space!

 

The hub for the 2022 Festival will once again be located at the Aspect Tamar Valley Resort, a stunning 20-minute drive from Launceston.

 

The Tamar Valley Writers Festival is a not-for-profit event supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and the West Tamar Council. It is also backed by many northern Tasmanian businesses and community groups.

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.

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