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FULL PROGRAM

Friday to Sunday, September 11 to 13

The Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival is the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre biennial celebration of all the things you’ll find related to the written word. Think author readings and signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, food and wine events and much, much more. The TWC is also delighted to announce the recently restored Hadley’s Orient Hotel will be the venue for this much anticipated writerly weekend.

Download the full program here (PDF).

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All Tasmanian Writers’ Centre members and individual TATE members receive concession prices to all festival events. Click here for more information on how to become a member.

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Masterclasses

Events

See What I Mean: The Power of Description with Brent MacLaine

See What I Mean: The Power of Description with Brent MacLaine

Leadlight Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

11th September 2015 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Essence of Great Stories with Cate Kennedy - SOLD OUT

The Essence of Great Stories with Cate Kennedy - SOLD OUT

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

11th September 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Turning the Real Into Fiction: Ways of Starting Out with Stephanie Bishop - SOLD OUT

Turning the Real Into Fiction: Ways of Starting Out with Stephanie Bishop - SOLD OUT

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

11th September 2015 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Special sessions

Events

Salamanca Walk

Salamanca Walk

Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

11th September 2015 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Don Watson In Conversation with Heather Rose

Don Watson In Conversation with Heather Rose

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

11th September 2015 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Whisky Tales - Stories You Can Drink To

Whisky Tales - Stories You Can Drink To

Leadlight Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Now Hear This - "The First Time" - be funny, be moving, be heard

Now Hear This - "The First Time" - be funny, be moving, be heard

Melanie Tait

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Women of Letters - SOLD OUT

Women of Letters - SOLD OUT

Cassy O'Connor, Pip Stafford, Kirsha Kaechele, Favel Parrett, Claire Sullivan, Heather Rose with Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire

George Cartwright Room – Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

13th September 2015 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Bob Brown – Changing Places

Bob Brown – Changing Places

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

13th September 2015 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Standard sessions

Events

The Story Behind the Story

The Story Behind the Story

Cate Kennedy and Kathryn Lomer

Fullers Bookshop, Hobart

10th September 2015 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Place and Imagination

Place and Imagination

Cate Kennedy, Katherine Scholes, Stephanie Bishop, Russell Kelly

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

11th September 2015 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Art in the Ice - Writers in the Polar Regions

Art in the Ice - Writers in the Polar Regions

Robyn Mundy and Favel Parrett with Jane McCredie

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am

One for the Word Nerds - SOLD OUT

One for the Word Nerds - SOLD OUT

Don Watson, Jane Caro, Julian Burnside, Jeff Malpas

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Amanda Lohrey in Conversation with Caroline Baum

Amanda Lohrey in Conversation with Caroline Baum

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Painting with Words - How to Write a Career

Painting with Words - How to Write a Career

Posie Graeme-Evans, Ann Turner and Peter George

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Justice Through Courage

Justice Through Courage

Rodney Croome, Bob Brown, Jane Caro and Jeff Malpas

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Smoking Guns and Dead Leads

Smoking Guns and Dead Leads

Michael Robotham, David Owen, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Polly McGee

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

New Black Voices

New Black Voices

Jane Harrison with Terry Whitebeach

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Our Heart is Her Heart

Our Heart is Her Heart

Carmel Bird with Danielle Wood

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion

Omar Musa, Sarah Holland-Batt, Brent MacLaine, Cameron Hindrum

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Robert Dessaix in Conversation with Caroline Baum

Robert Dessaix in Conversation with Caroline Baum

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tasmania: a Land of Dregs, Bogans, and Third Generation Morons

Tasmania: a Land of Dregs, Bogans, and Third Generation Morons

Rachel Edwards

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Keeping the Reader Guessing - Recipes for a  Page Turner

Keeping the Reader Guessing - Recipes for a Page Turner

Antonia Hayes, Ann Turner, Rachel Treasure and Polly McGee

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm

Michael Robotham in Conversation with Caroline Baum

Michael Robotham in Conversation with Caroline Baum

Michael Robotham and Caroline Baum

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

13th September 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Writing the Unspeakable

Writing the Unspeakable

Antonia Hayes, Stephanie Bishop, Peter Timms, Jane McCredie

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

13th September 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am

An Inkpot of Fate

An Inkpot of Fate

Christopher Downes, Sarah Firth and Joshua Santospirito

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

13th September 2015 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Conversations with Richard Fidler - SOLD OUT

Conversations with Richard Fidler - SOLD OUT

Richard Fidler and Antonia Hayes

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

13th September 2015 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Our Write to Change the World - SOLD OUT

Our Write to Change the World - SOLD OUT

Jane Caro, Omar Musa, Julian Burnside, James Dryburgh

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

13th September 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Young Adult? Yes Please.

Young Adult? Yes Please.

Kathryn Lomer, Kate Gordon and Jane Harrison

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

13th September 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

My Brilliant Career: A Life in Food

My Brilliant Career: A Life in Food

Matthew Evans, Jo Cook, Julie Dunbabin, Christina Giudici, Helen Hayward

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

13th September 2015 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Short Sharp Shreds

Short Sharp Shreds

Carmel Bird, Adam Ouston, Robbie Arnott, Danielle Wood

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

13th September 2015 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Playwrights: Connecting with the Audience

Playwrights: Connecting with the Audience

Jane Harrison, Robert Jarman and Sean Monro with Annette Downs

Leadlight Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

13th September 2015 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free sessions

Events

Meet the Writers

Meet the Writers

Helen Shield

Orient Bar, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

11th September 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Festival Opening/Premier's Literary Prizes

Festival Opening/Premier's Literary Prizes

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

11th September 2015 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Festival Club Silver Words

Festival Club Silver Words

Omar Musa. Max Bladel.

Orient Bar, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

11th September 2015 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Young Readers - Angelica Banks: How Two Write a Novel

Young Readers - Angelica Banks: How Two Write a Novel

Danielle Wood and Heather Rose

Orient Lounge, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 10:15 am - 11:00 am

Young Readers - KidGlovz

Young Readers - KidGlovz

Julie Hunt and Dale Newman

Orient Lounge, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize and Geoff Dean Short Story Competition

Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize and Geoff Dean Short Story Competition

Sarah Holland-Batt, Caroline Dean and Bob Brown

Mary Hadley Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Young Writers in the City Reception

Young Writers in the City Reception

John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Festival Club Comedy Night

Festival Club Comedy Night

MC Andrew Harper

Orient Bar, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

12th September 2015 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

40 Degrees South Anthology Launch

40 Degrees South Anthology Launch

Lian Tanner and Rachel Leary. David Owen and Chris Gallagher.

George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

13th September 2015 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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