Q&A with Stephanie Parkyn.

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 15, 2017

We chatted with Stephanie Parkyn about the publication of her debut novel, Into the World, her writing journey, inspirations and plans for the future.   Firstly, congratulations on the publication of your novel Into the World! How has the launch process been? Exciting but daunting! I lived in both Hobart and Launceston while I was writing […]

The joys of Scrivener – Q&A with Alison Stuart.

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 8, 2017

Award winning Historical Fiction author Alison Stuart will be holding a workshop on the 19th of November, giving detailed yet accessible instructions on how to navigate the world of Scrivener, the writing program that so many writers and professionals have fallen in love with. How long have you been using Scrivener? I think since about […]

Into the World by Stephanie Parkyn.

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 8, 2017

Come along to Fullers Bookshop on Friday the 8th of December at 5.30pm to celebrate the launch of Tasmanian author Stephanie Parkyn’s new novel, Into the World. 

Up Close and Personal – Orysia Dawdiak.

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 8, 2017

Orysia Dawydiak, our 2017 Prince Edward Island (PEI) writing exchange resident was kind enough to take a break from her projects and come down to the office to have a chat with me about her experience during this residency and her writing life. Orysia is a Canadian writer of both long and short fiction, YA […]

Young Writers at IMAS – Suzi Claflin.

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 8, 2017

This year, between October and December, Jessica Cockerill and Suzi Claflin have been provided a hot-desk and access to scientists, artifacts and research (within approved bounds) at the IMAS research institute so that they can create a piece of writing that will help expose IMAS work to the public. Check out these interviews to learn […]

Young Writers at IMAS – Jessica Cockerill.

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 8, 2017

This year, between October and December, Jessica Cockerill and Suzi Claflin have been provided a hot-desk and access to scientists, artifacts and research (within approved bounds) at the IMAS research institute so that they can create a piece of writing that will help expose IMAS work to the public. Check out these interviews to learn […]

Close and Personal with Campbell McConachie.

Posted by Chris Gallagher on September 25, 2017

  The Tasmanian Writers Centre interviewed Campbell McConnachie to discuss the story behind his debut novel The Fatalist, the incredible tale behind the life of serial killer Lindsay Rose, a man Campbell unknowingly befriended at his local pub. I thought perhaps the discovery of Lindsay’s secret had spurred Campbell into the writing life, but he […]

Close and Personal with Esther Campion.

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 14, 2017

Esther Campion grew up in Cork, Ireland, but has since lived in Scotland, Norway and South Australia. She currently resides in Tasmania’s picturesque Port Sorrell. Esther’s debut novel Leaving Ocean Road was published in July by Hachette Australia. This is a story set across the landscapes of Greece, Ireland and small-town coastal Australia and follows the […]

In Conversation with Anna Krien

Posted by Chris Gallagher on July 20, 2017

Environmental journalist and author Anna Krien caught up with us to chat about her life as a writer and the importance of environmental writing before her upcoming workshop at the Moonah Arts Centre on the 20th of August.   When you think back on your childhood, what are some of the places that stand out […]

Get Outside Program: Maria Island Magic

Posted by Chris Gallagher on July 20, 2017

Blog Post Written by Gina Mercer  One Friday, a group of excited people scramble onto the ferry at Triabunna with bulging backpacks – they’re off to Maria Island for the weekend. Nothing so exceptional about that. But this is no ordinary group. Here are 14 young recent migrants and refugees from places as diverse as […]

Q&A with Robbie Arnott

Posted by Chris Gallagher on July 10, 2017

Robbie Arnott, writer and TWC Board member recently attended the Emerging Writers Festival in Melbourne. Here he discusses his experience with the Tasmanian Writers Centre. What was your role at the EWF? I was on two panels – one about copywriting (my day job is in an advertising agency as a copywriter), and one about […]

Q&A with James Dryburgh.

Posted by Chris Gallagher on July 10, 2017

In the lead up to his Writers Journey Workshop on creative non-fiction, we chatted with James Dryburgh about his writing journey and the art of the essay. When did you start writing professionally?  I haven’t started yet! One day… I started sending things hoping to get published in 2011. These were essays based on experiences […]

Reccomended Listening

Posted by Chris Gallagher on July 3, 2017

This month we are adding to our popular Recommended Reads with some Recommended Listening. Sometimes we can’t find that moment to sit and concentrate on a book, but there are still a host of stories and conversations available for you to engage through listen. In the car, doing housework, walking to work – there are […]

Close and Personal: Kate Kelly

Posted by Chris Gallagher on June 14, 2017

Book cover Albert Has Two Homes Now

Kate Kelly and her son Albert Evans live together in a home under the mountain, in Hobart, Tasmania. Kate is a writer and visual artists and Albert loves to draw, ride his bike and eat marshmallows. Together they explored the emotions and understandings from Alberts perspective of his parents separation, and created a unique and […]

Milestones: Caroline Brothers in conversation with James Dryburgh

Posted by Chris Gallagher on June 7, 2017

Caroline Brothers and James Dryburgh discussed Caroline’s latest novel, The Memory Stones. Her story covers the stolen generation of Argentina’s dark days in the late 1970s. As a former New York Times correspondent, Caroline has covered events in South America and worldwide. She has made the transition to novelist, using her profound knowledge of true events as the springboard […]

Tasmanian Writers Prize 2017: Winner Announced

Posted by Chris Gallagher on May 8, 2017

Forty South Publishing is delighted to announce the winner and finalists for the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2017. Once again there were entries from all round Australia and New Zealand and the judges, Peter Grant, Margaret Johnson and Fiona Stocker, selected eleven stories for publication in the 2017 anthology. The winning story by Jennifer Porter will […]

Close and Personal: Claire Konkes

Posted by Chris Gallagher on May 2, 2017

On May 21st Claire Konkes will be running a workshop at Moonah Arts Centre on Freelancing and Feature Writing. The Tasmanian Writers Centre’s Arianne James caught up with her for a chat. Claire Konkes has worked successfully in and out of journalism for the past twenty years. Her life’s current journey has her working as a lecturer […]

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award Announced!

Posted by Chris Gallagher on May 1, 2017

The team at the Tasmanian Writers Centre would like to offer their congratulations to this year’s winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award Marija Perečić for her stunning debut novel The Lost Pages. A richly reimagined story of the extraordinary literary rivalry between Max Brod and Franz Kafka, The Lost Pages is an inspired novel of friendship, […]

Close and Personal: Karen Armstrong

Posted by Chris Gallagher on April 12, 2017

If We Could Fly cover by Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is a writer and visual artist. She sells her work at Inka Gallery and Saddlers Court, and has in the past sold pieces at Gallery on the Square, Goulburn St Gallery, Grand Chancellor, Cotton Duck Gallery, Geeveston and Tasmania Shop and Gallery. Last year, Karen published a poetry collection with Ginninderra Press. If We […]

Young Writers in the City of Glenorchy announced

Posted by Chris Gallagher on April 6, 2017

Young Writers in the City of Glenorchy: Residents Announced It’s that time again. The Tasmanian Writers Centre has launched its 2017 Young Writers in the City residency program, connecting emerging writing talent with community spaces. The newest residency takes place in the Glenorchy City Council municipality, and six young writers will be paid $500 to […]

Remembering Brett Martin

Posted by Chris Gallagher on April 3, 2017

The team at the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre was shocked and hugely saddened to hear about the death of local writer and photographer Brett Martin last week. Brett was a former member of the TWC Board, including a spell as chair in 2008 and deputy chair in 2009. Before moving to Tasmanian and taking up a […]

Close and Personal: Peter Timms

Posted by Chris Gallagher on March 29, 2017

On April 8 and 9 Peter Timms will be running a two-part workshop on research methods for fiction and non-fiction writers. The Tasmanian Writers Centre’s Arianne James caught up with him for a chat. Peter Timms began his career in the world of Art Curating. From 1971 to 1988 he held positions at Shepperton Art […]

Close and Personal: Rachel Tribout

Posted by Chris Gallagher on March 27, 2017

Rachel Tribout The Case of Admiral Bolognaise book cover

One of our March Recommended Reads is The Journey of Admiral Bolognaise – the second book in the Captain Blueberry series by Tasmanian writer and illustrator Rachel Tribout. Made possible through a Pozible campaign , this beautifully designed book follows the adventures of one Admiral Bolognese as he decides to prove that monstrous monsters don’t exist…but can he!? […]

TWC Guest Blog: Adelaide Writers Week

Posted by Chris Gallagher on March 27, 2017

Stephen Dando-Collins

Tasmanian writer Louise Dando-Collins recently attended Adelaide Writers Week, along with her husband and fellow writer Stephen Dando-Collins. Louise has been kind enough to write a reflection on the event for the TWC blog.   Attending Adelaide Writers Week, Australia’s largest writers festival, has long been an ambition, but attending the 2017 festival with my husband […]

Close and Personal: Rebe Taylor

Posted by Chris Gallagher on March 20, 2017

Rebe Taylor. Photo by Helen Morgan, eScholarship Research Centre, 2013.

  Dr Rebe Taylor is a historian specialising in Tasmanian anthropology and archaeology. She first encountered Tasmanian Aboriginal history on a beach on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, hearing stories about the women who had been taken there by sealers. She has been trying to understand the history of Tasmanian Aboriginal diaspora, loss, rediscovery and endurance […]

From Where I Stood #6: Sydney Griffiths and Captain Stalker, by Jane Beeke

Posted by Chris Gallagher on March 19, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Jane Beeke spent her residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Museum, writing a continuous story inspired by the history she researched. This is the final entry in this series. You can learn more […]

Close and Personal: Karenlee Thompson

Posted by Chris Gallagher on March 16, 2017

Author Karenlee Thompson, currently based in Queensland, will be back in Tasmanian this month to launch her new short story collection Flame Tip (Hybrid Publishers) at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart. Flame Tip is a collection of short fictions that explore different realities and perceptions arising from the Tasmanian Black Tuesday bushfires. The pieces in this collection are as diverse in […]

Close and Personal: Shanna Rudov-Clark

Posted by Chris Gallagher on March 14, 2017

Tasmanian writer Shanna Rudov-Clark’s book There’s Magic in the Sky was published by Forty South Publishing in September 2016. The book is a beautiful and unique combination of art, science and rhyme. It’s an accessible book for children that explains how the magical lights of the aurora are made. There’s Magic in the Sky takes the reader on […]

From Where I Stood #5: John Griffiths, by Jane Beeke

Posted by Chris Gallagher on March 12, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Jane Beeke spent her residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Museum, writing a continuous story inspired by the history she researched. This is the fifth entry in this story, which we will roll […]

From Where I Stood #4: William Chapman, by Jane Beeke

Posted by Chris Gallagher on March 5, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Jane Beeke spent her residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Museum, writing a continuous story inspired by the history she researched. This is the fourth entry in this story, which we will roll […]

Q&A: Libby Angel

Posted by Chris Gallagher on February 28, 2017

One of our Recommended Reads for February is The Trapeze Act by Libby Angel; a book which does a beautiful job of weaving together stories from the circus, portraits of family relationships, and tales of a doomed ivory expedition.  Libby is a renowned Australian poet, but this is her first novel and it has been […]

Close and Personal: Sally Wise

Posted by Chris Gallagher on February 22, 2017

Sally Wise is the bestselling author of several books, including A Year in a Bottle and Slow Cooker. Sally has recently teamed up with friend and colleague Paul McIntyre – an award-winning playwright and a senior producer for ABC Local Radio in Tasmania – to write The Little Book of Slow, which offers practical suggestions, recipes and more for making […]

From Where I Stood #3: William Holyman, by Jane Beeke

Posted by Chris Gallagher on February 19, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Jane Beeke spent her residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Museum, writing a continuous story inspired by the history she researched. This is the third entry in this story, which we will roll […]

Mark Clemens, photographer, musician and writer 1961 – 2017

Posted by Chris Gallagher on February 8, 2017

All the TWC team were enormously saddened to hear about the recent death of local writer, musician and photographer Mark Clemens. Mark was a much loved and valued member of the state’s creative community. Mark’s funeral took place on Monday 6th February and we are honoured to share these beautiful words from Mark’s friend and fellow writer […]

From Where I Stood #2: Mary Ann Sayers, by Jane Beeke

Posted by Chris Gallagher on February 5, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Jane Beeke spent her residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Museum, writing a continuous story inspired by the history she researched. This is the second entry in this story, which we will roll […]

Tidal Festival readings by our Devonport Young Writers in the City

Posted by Chris Gallagher on January 27, 2017

Were you at the Tidal Festival in Devonport this month? If so, you might have caught our five talented Young Writers in the City in action as they read from their experimental essays in front of the festival audience. The readings took place in the Devonport Regional Gallery and our writers were joined by Cameron […]

Close and Personal: Fiona Levings

Posted by Chris Gallagher on January 24, 2017

Tasmanian writer Fiona Levings has recently launched her debut picture book for children, The Moonbow. The book is a beautiful, heartwarming story, wonderfully illustrated by Fiona, and it is one of our Recommended Reads for January. If you check out that post you’ll see that we have a copy to giveaway! We are very grateful to Fiona for taking some […]

The Piece of Small World by Kyle Perry, Devonport young writer

Posted by Chris Gallagher on January 23, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Kyle Perry spent his residency on the Spirit of Tasmania.   The Piece of Small World By Kyle Perry   This piece I have assembled on a back-to-back voyage on Spirit of […]

From Where I Stood #1: Harry Wood, by Jane Beeke

Posted by Chris Gallagher on January 22, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Jane Beeke spent her residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Museum, writing a continuous story inspired by the history she researched. This is the first entry in this story, which we will […]

Sonder, and the Lucid Dream by Skye Cusack, Devonport Young Writer

Posted by Chris Gallagher on January 20, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Skye Cusack’s experimental essay was inspired by the people she encountered in the Rooke St Mall.   Sonder, and the Lucid Dream By Skye Cusack   Preface I am going to be […]

A Writer in a Radio Station by Lauren Hay, Devonport Young Writer

Posted by Chris Gallagher on January 19, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Lauren Hay spent her residency writing from Sea FM and documents her experience in this essay. The SeaFM studio on the corner of Hillcrest Road and Don Road is home to Lee […]

Close and Personal: Christine Dibley

Posted by Chris Gallagher on January 19, 2017

Tasmanian writer Christine Dibley has recently launched her debut novel To the Sea. The book is one of our Recommended Reads for January and if you check out that post you’ll see that we have a copy to giveaway. We are delighted that Christine could take the time to answer a few questions for us in […]

Bigger on the Inside by Kate Elphinstone, Devonport Young Writer

Posted by Chris Gallagher on January 18, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Kate Elphinstone spent her residency at the Devonport Regional Gallery, and has crafted the following experimental essay based on her experiences.   Bigger on the Inside By Kate Elphinstone   I’m writing […]

Wildcare winner Harriet Riley’s essay Endlings

Posted by Chris Gallagher on January 13, 2017

Harriet Riley last year won our Wildcare Nature Writing Prize. Her prized essay Endlings has been published in Island 146. We invite you to read Harriet’s beautiful and moving story here, and purchase the magazine online to see it in print. Endlings By Harriet Riley In 1996 a correspondence published in Nature coined the term […]

Skye Cusack’s Christmas ventures in Rooke St Mall

Posted by Chris Gallagher on January 13, 2017

Skye Cusack, one of our 2017 Young Writers in the City residents, spent time around Christmas wandering through the Rooke St Mall to source inspiration for her experimental essay. Reaching 1500 words, or thereabouts, Skye decided to take some photos of what she saw. We can’t reveal her full story just yet, but having read a first […]

Jane Beeke explores Devonport’s maritime history in her residency

Posted by Chris Gallagher on January 11, 2017

Jane Beeke is one of our 2017 Young Writers in the City, and she is spending her residency exploring Devonport’s Bass Strait Maritime Centre. Here, you can see some photos of her residency journey and some excerpts from her blog, in which she is documenting her time and discoveries on this historical journey. Jane spent her […]

Devonport Young Writers in the City: Kyle Perry

Posted by Chris Gallagher on December 21, 2016

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Kate Elphinstone, Skye Cusack, Jane Beeke, Lauren Hay, and Kyle Perry are immersing themselves in the northern coastal city of Devonport to craft experimental essays based on their summer experiences.  Kyle Perry, […]

The Myth of the Disappearing Book

Posted by Chris Gallagher on December 20, 2016

By Simone Natale, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University; and Andrea Ballatore, Lecturer, Birbeck, University of London. First published in The Conversation.   After years of sales growth, major publishers reported a fall in their e-book sales for the first time this year, introducing new doubts about the potential of e-books in the […]

Reading to your child: the difference it makes

Posted by Chris Gallagher on December 16, 2016

By Peggy Albers, Professor of Language and Literacy Education, Georgia State University. First published in The Conversation.   If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond. So what happens to […]

What We’re Reading #5

Posted by Chris Gallagher on December 16, 2016

Welcome to our new blog series, What We’re Reading. Each blog features a member of the Tasmanian Writers Centre team, shedding light on their literary journey by giving you a taste of the story they’ve welcomed into their lives. What are you reading? Marion Stoneman, Member Services I love reading widely and I’m one of those […]

Photoblog: TWC Christmas Gathering

Posted by Chris Gallagher on December 15, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Christmas Gathering at Hadley’s Hotel in Hobart earlier this week. It was great to see so many people there – some familiar faces but also some members who are new to the centre – and what a treat to have readings from so many of Tasmania’s best […]

TWC Top Books of 2016

Posted by Chris Gallagher on December 15, 2016

It’s hard to believe we have reached the end of 2016 already! How has your year in reading been? We asked some of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre staff and supporters to tell us about their favourite books from the year – hopefully this will give you some ideas for last minute Christmas presents. If you’re […]

PEN: Letters to Writers in Prison

Posted by Chris Gallagher on December 15, 2016

Tasmanian writer and TWC mentor Terry Whitebeach recently attended the PEN AGM in Melbourne, and kindly agreed to write an account of the experience for the TWC Blog.   On 29th November I flew to Melbourne to attend PEN’s AGM and participate in their annual writing of greeting cards to writers imprisoned for their writings and broadcasts. […]

2016 Tasmanian Writers’ Achievements

Posted by Chris Gallagher on December 14, 2016

Congratulations!  It’s been an enormous year for writers in Tasmania, with countless awards, book launches, grants and residencies right across the board. Join us as we show respect to the literary successes from 2016 so far, from activities through the centre and beyond.  Tasmanian Writers Centre program successes:   Erica Bell Mentorship recipients  Tania Walker […]

Close and Personal: Julie Hunt

Posted by Chris Gallagher on December 8, 2016

One of our recommended reads for December is the wonderful KidGlovz by Julie Hunt. KidGlovz is a graphic novel which recently won the Children’s category at the Queensland Literary Awards. We are so pleased that Julie, who lives in Tasmania, could take the time to have a chat with us about KidGlovz and her other […]

Recommended Reads: December

Posted by Chris Gallagher on December 1, 2016

Each month the TWC publishes four recommended reads on our website. Three of the recommendations are recent releases by a local Tasmanian writer, an Australian writer and a children’s writer. The fourth is a Tasmanian classic that you may not have got round to reading, or that you may not have read for a long time. If […]

Close and Personal: Rachael Treasure

Posted by Chris Gallagher on December 1, 2016

Congratulations on the publication of Down the Dirt Roads, Rachel! How has your launch tour been going? The tour was sensational. I spent most of my time in regional South Australia and Western Australia with large audiences and a sell-out on books in most places. The important thing for me was seeing the women in […]

Close and Personal: Paul Fleming

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 24, 2016

One of our recommended reads for November is PAUSE: A Collection of Tasmanian Moments by the celebrated photographer Paul Fleming. Originally from Launceston, but now a resident of Hobart, Paul uses his writing and photography to share positive stories and experiences about Tasmania and beyond. Most of his work is shared through social media, where he is […]

Erin Hortle: Stoking Fire, Wandering Stone

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 11, 2016

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre launched its inaugural Hot Desk residency program this year, inviting writers aged 18-30 to embark on individual projects in our Salamanca Arts Centre studio space. Our resident Erin Hortle is part-way through a creative writing PhD at the University of Tasmania. An ongoing concern of her academic and freelance writing is […]

What We’re Reading #4: Ruth Dawkins

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 10, 2016

Welcome to our new blog series, What We’re Reading. Each blog features a member of the Tasmanian Writers Centre team, shedding light on their literary journey by giving you a taste of the story they’ve welcomed into their lives. What are you reading? Ruth Dawkins, Community Engagement I’m such an enthusiastic reader (or perhaps just such […]

Part 2: Vivienne Cutbush Experiences the Hot Desk

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 9, 2016

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre launched its inaugural Hot Desk residency program this year, inviting writers aged 18-30 to embark on individual projects in our Salamanca Arts Centre studio space. Our successful writer Vivienne Cutbush is an emerging writer and artist. She works across comic-style, graphic storytelling, and creative non-fiction. Vivienne has been published in Overland and works […]

Part 1: Vivienne Cutbush Experiences the Hot Desk

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 9, 2016

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre launched its inaugural Hot Desk residency program this year, inviting writers aged 18-30 to embark on individual projects in our Salamanca Arts Centre studio space. Our successful writer Vivienne Cutbush is an emerging writer and artist. She works across comic-style, graphic storytelling, and creative non-fiction. Vivienne has been published in Overland and works […]

Close and Personal: Katherine Johnson

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 3, 2016

Tasmanian writer Katherine Johnson released her second novel The Better Son in October 2016, and we are very pleased to feature it as one of our Recommended Reads for this month. We’re also delighted that Katherine took the time to have a quick chat with us. Congratulations on the release of The Better Son! Can you […]

Recommended Reads: November

Posted by Chris Gallagher on November 3, 2016

Each month the TWC publishes four recommended reads on our website. Three of the recommendations are recent releases by a local Tasmanian writer, an Australian writer and a children’s writer. The fourth is a Tasmanian classic that you may not have got round to reading, or that you may not have read for a long time. If […]

Close and Personal: Jennifer Livett

Posted by Chris Gallagher on October 20, 2016

By Ruth Dawkins   Jennifer Livett was born in Hampshire, moving to Tasmania with her family when she was still a child. She spent most of her life here, completing a PhD in English and becoming a tutor and English at the University of Tasmania. After retirement, she enrolled in printmaking at the Tasmanian School […]

What We’re Reading #3: Stephanie Eslake

Posted by Chris Gallagher on October 11, 2016

Welcome to our new blog series, What We’re Reading. Each blog features a member of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre team, shedding light on their literary journey by giving you a taste of the story they’ve welcomed into their lives. What are you reading? Stephanie Eslake, Marketing and Communications Manager: I’m half-way through a book by Bret […]

Close and Personal with Michael Blake

Posted by Chris Gallagher on October 6, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   Are you a young Tasmanian who enjoys short story writing? Perhaps you’re looking to build on our last Twitch short story event with Adam Ouston, or to hear a fresh perspective from another talented writer? Michael Blake will host the next Twitch Tuesdays workshop, coming up on October 18. The Tasmanian writer’s stories and […]

Close and Personal: Net Brennan

Posted by Chris Gallagher on October 1, 2016

Net Brennan is one of those wonderful ‘quiet’ writers that you occasionally stumble across in Tasmania. Warm, funny and humble, she has no airs and gives no indication that she’s an internationally published author with more than 25 years experience writing and editing national publications. You have to delve deep into her website to find all […]

Recipients Announced: Erica Bell Mentorship Program

Posted by Chris Gallagher on September 29, 2016

Erica Bell Mentorship Program awarded to four Tasmanian writers   “Writing is a long and lonely road, so when I saw the Erica Bell Mentorship Program advertised, I saw the opportunity to approach my rewrites with a guide. I’m really looking forward to drawing on the wisdom of someone who’s been through it all before” – […]

Recommended Reads: October

Posted by Chris Gallagher on September 29, 2016

Each month the TWC publishes four recommended reads on our website. Three of the recommendations are recent releases by a local Tasmanian writer, an Australian writer and a children’s writer. The fourth is a Tasmanian classic that you may not have got round to reading, or that you may not have read for a long time. If […]

Hidden Stories: Photoblog 2

Posted by Chris Gallagher on September 13, 2016

By Ruth Dawkins   Last Sunday saw the second of our two Hidden Stories events take place at Moonah Arts Centre. As with the first event, which took place on Indigenous Literacy Day, we had a fantastic line-up of Indigenous writers, animators, musicians and academics, and we were thrilled to have another engaged and excited audience. […]

Close and Personal with Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Posted by Chris Gallagher on September 13, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   Chris Wallace–Crabbe AM describes himself as “an acute noticer”. And it’s this skill of observation that he has turned into an artform, offering his commentary on Australian life through his highly acclaimed works of poetry. Chris has an international reputation as one of our nation’s leading poets. The son of a pianist […]

Young Writers in the City present at Junction

Posted by Chris Gallagher on September 13, 2016

Photos by Claire McCarthy   In the past few months, we’ve teamed up with the City of Launceston to support writers aged 16-25 as part of our residency program. These Young Writers in the City  explored their surrounds for inspiration, from the QVMAG to Civic Square. Venturing into some of Launceston’s iconic spaces, the writers-in-residence were […]

What We’re Reading #2: Arianne James

Posted by Chris Gallagher on September 11, 2016

Welcome to our new blog series, What We’re Reading. Each blog features a member of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre team, shedding light on their literary journey by giving you a taste of the story they’ve welcomed into their lives. What are you reading? Arianne James, intern: A few months ago, I read The Other Side of […]

Photoblog: Hidden Stories

Posted by Chris Gallagher on September 8, 2016

  By Stephanie Eslake and Ruth Dawkins   You may have noticed our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages in full swing last night! We wanted to share our Hidden Stories with you in light of Indigenous Literacy Day. The event packed out the Moonah Arts Centre with Tasmania’s Indigenous leaders and an engaged and inspired audience. We were […]

Close and Personal: Heather Rose

Posted by Chris Gallagher on September 5, 2016

Last month saw the launch of the latest novel by Tasmanian writer Heather Rose. The Museum of Modern Love is one of our Recommended Reads for September, and there’s a chance to win a copy in our monthly competition, so head on over for a look. We are delighted that Heather was able to take time […]

Close and Personal with Aleesah Darlison

Posted by Chris Gallagher on September 1, 2016

  Wednesday 7th September 2016 is National Threatened Species Day and commemorates the 80th anniversary of the death of the last known (captive) thylacine.   Stripes in the Forest by award-winning children’s author, Aleesah Darlison, is a poignant and emotive story of an iconic species lost. Told from the perspective of the last wild, female Tasmanian tiger, it provides […]

**Winners Announced**: Young Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2016

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 31, 2016

By Lucinda Sharp   Forty South Publishing and the Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English (TATE) are proud to announce the winners of the Young Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2016 as judged by Cameron Hindrum (Senior Section), Penny Lane (Junior Section – preliminary judge) and Dr Anne Morgan (Junior Section – final judge). The winner of each section […]

Close and Personal with Anne Kellas

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 30, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   Poets, grab your works-in-progress and bring them along to be examined by an expert. Sound scary? Good – because we’re looking to push you Outside your comfort zone with Anne Kellas this September 24. Her Launceston masterclass is designed for experienced poets to venture into the unknown, and explore new ways to engage with poetry. Anne […]

Recommended Reads: September

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 30, 2016

Each month the TWC publishes four recommended reads on our website. Three of the recommendations are recent releases by a local Tasmanian writer, an Australian writer and a children’s writer. The fourth is a Tasmanian classic that you may not have got round to reading, or that you may not have read for a long time. If […]

Hidden Stories: Introducing the Speakers

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 29, 2016

To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day 2016, which takes place on 7th September, we have been working with the Tasmanian branch of Children’s Book Council of Australia to run two days of events at Moonah Arts Centre titled Hidden Stories. Some of the most respected Aboriginal writers and speakers from Tasmania and beyond have agreed to participate in […]

**Winner Revealed** Wildcare Nature Writing Prize

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 28, 2016

The Tasmanian Writers Centre, Wildcare Inc and Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service are delighted to announce the winner of the Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize 2016. Harriet Riley from New York receives first place with her essay Endlings: On Love and Extinction. The writer and climate specialist will be awarded $5000 and have her story published […]

Celebrating Children’s Book Week 2016

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 18, 2016

  Each year, across Australia, The Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together to celebrate Children’s Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children hold events and activities to celebrate Australian Children’s Literature. This year’s Book Week runs from August 20th-26th and we thought it would be nice to […]

Hot Desk: Fiction from Gemma Krambousanos

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 17, 2016

AUTUMN // 1834 // The Province of Salamanca (The Cottage Green) The leaves were blood red, falling from the sky and scraping along the ground. A dangerous chill settled around the Province of Salamanca and the clouds rolled over full of the promise of rain. There was a buzz around the port as citizens curled […]

Hot Desk: Poetry from Michael Stratford Hutch #3

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 17, 2016

iv: aftertaste; burnt coffee   I spent eternities in that café waiting   asking the room to take its place at the foot of my table kick off its shoes and start talking telling me                                      everything   […]

Hot Desk: Poetry from Michael Stratford Hutch #2

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 17, 2016

ii: for example   during the convergence the resident’s real success was their invention of the forced poem   a poem with no substance no tangy flesh or love or beauty no forethought architecture or structure no driving force lightning arc great fire of creation no kindling spark or seed simply   obligation default position […]

Hot Desk: Poetry from Michael Stratford Hutch #1

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 17, 2016

i: manifesto of the forced poems   forced poem, noun: an anti-poem non-being inexistence   e.g. pressing        exhausted fruit;   wringing a dry cloth with expectation of a pouringout;   forcing   the contents   from a void Michael Stratford Hutch completed this poem as part of the Tasmanian Writers Centre Hot […]

Close and Personal with Adam Ouston

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 17, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   Hobart writer Adam Oustan knows a thing or two about short stories. His work has appeared in publications such as The Canary Press, Southerly, Island Magazine, Voiceworks, Crikey, The Lifted Brow, The Review of Australian Fiction, and the 2014 Transportation anthology. Adam is the recipient of the 2014 Erica Bell Literary […]

Close and Personal with Jane Godwin

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 12, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   Jane Godwin never quite grew out of children’s books. The Melbourne author has forged a career in writing for children of all ages, and since having produced more than 20 books in a range of formats from picture books for young kids to novels for the heavier readers. Jane will present two […]

Photoblog: Eloise Hart, Young Writer in the City

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 11, 2016

Eloise Hart has spent the past week exploring spaces in the City of Launceston. The writer (and talented photographer) is part of our Young Writers in the City program, in which a small group of emerging writers aged 16-25 take up a residency in one of Launceston’s prominent sites. The writers will each craft an experimental […]

What We’re Reading #1: Zoe Cooney

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 11, 2016

Welcome to our new blog series, What We’re Reading. Each blog features a member of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre team, shedding light on their literary journey by giving you a taste of the story they’ve welcomed into their lives. What are you reading? Zoe Cooney, intern: I have just started reading I Am Malala by Malala […]

An Interview with Anna Spargo-Ryan

Posted by Chris Gallagher on August 4, 2016

One of the most anticipated Australian novels of 2016 was The Paper House; the debut offering from Melbourne based writer Anna Spargo-Ryan. Anna’s previous work – both fiction and nonfiction – has been published by Black Inc., The Guardian, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Seizure, Daily Life, The Age, the ABC and others. When Anna isn’t writing she’s a web developer […]

Recommended Reads: August

Posted by Chris Gallagher on July 31, 2016

Each month the TWC publishes four recommended reads on our website. Three of the recommendations are recent releases by a local Tasmanian writer, an Australian writer and a children’s writer. The fourth is a Tasmanian classic that you may not have got round to reading, or that you may not have read for a long time. If […]

Sudan terror risk brings Madi project to a standstill

Posted by Chris Gallagher on July 26, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   One morning while living in a Sudan boarding school, Sarafino Enadio woke to the sounds of gunfire and soldiers marching. He wasn’t able to contact his family when he fled into the bush to avoid being captured – or worse. He eventually escaped on foot through the border of South Sudan, […]

Kids Weaving Stories: Photoblog

Posted by Chris Gallagher on July 12, 2016

More than 100 Tassie kids have embarked on magical journeys of their own making during these school holidays. Weaving stories of places near and far, budding young writers up to 17 years old are having a ball at the free Children’s Creative Writing Workshops. Our finest children’s authors are travelling to LINCs right across the state. It’s been a […]

Good News: July 2016

Posted by Chris Gallagher on July 5, 2016

Mark Clemens has released his latest book The Field of Dreams: Walking in Tasmania’s First National Park. The official launch will take place at the State Cinema next month. The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2016 once again had entries from across Australia and New Zealand. Craig Cormick‘s winning story appeared in the June edition of Tasmania 40° South magazine and all finalists’ stories will be […]

Good News: June 2016

Posted by Chris Gallagher on July 5, 2016

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is excited to announce the successful applicants of the inaugural Hot Desk Residency program. This year’s residents are University of Tasmania students Erin Hortle and Gemma Krambousanos, local poet Michael Stratford Hutch, and Sydney writer Vivienne Cutbush who will make the move to Hobart later this year. Click here to learn about their interests and how they’ll spend their […]

Good news: May 2016

Posted by Chris Gallagher on July 5, 2016

Congratulations to Katherine Brabon on winning the Australian/Vogel Literary Award for her novel The Memory Artist. You can read an excerpt of the novel online for free here. Writer and invasive species management specialist Nicole Gill has been granted a six-week residency at Lake St Clair enabling her to focus on two projects – a children’s book relating specifically to the location […]

Recommended Reads: July

Posted by Chris Gallagher on June 30, 2016

Each month the TWC publishes four recommended reads on our website. Three of the recommendations are recent releases by a local Tasmanian writer, an Australian writer and a children’s writer. The fourth is a Tasmanian classic that you may not have got round to reading, or that you may not have read for a long time. If […]

Anne Morgan on the impact of children’s books

Posted by Chris Gallagher on June 15, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   Are kids reading enough these days, or are they spending too much time in front of the screen? A recent report from Scholastic showed encouraging results – more than half of kids aged 6-17 like reading books for fun, or at least think it’s important. Even more (86 per cent) enjoy […]

Important Industry Insights: June

Posted by Chris Gallagher on June 10, 2016

  Parallel importation  “You may have heard about how books will now be cheaper for consumers – and although this is disputed, it sounds like a good thing. But what does this really mean and what would we lose in exchange?” – Susan Hawthorn writes in The Guardian about the damaging impact of parallel importation on our book […]

Blurring the lines with Omar Musa

Posted by Chris Gallagher on June 8, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   It’s no exaggeration to say Omar Musa is one of the coolest poets of his generation. The Malaysian-Australian artist blurs the lines between rap and poetry, having written two books and released three hip-hop albums. This month he returns to Tasmania, tutoring Year 9 students at The Friends School before he […]

Honouring National Reconciliation Week

Posted by Chris Gallagher on June 1, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   About a century ago, David Unaipon became the first Indigenous author to be published in Australia. He paved the way for many of the incredible stories that have since been shared throughout our culture (some of which can be explored through this Reading Australia list that follows the theme: ‘Our History, […]

Twitch Tuesdays: an evening with Ben Walter

Posted by Chris Gallagher on May 31, 2016

By Arianne James   The first Twitch Tuesday of the year was held on April 19, and began by discussing the world of publishing with Ben Walter. An experienced and prolific writer, Ben gave the room an insight into the Australian publishing industry, noting some valuable tips and tricks to increase the chances of young […]

Sharing your opinion with Van Badham

Posted by Chris Gallagher on May 31, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   Have you ever felt moved by an issue and wanted to share your opinion with hundreds, even thousands of readers? Van Badham has. The columnist shares her views on social, political, and environmental issues through Guardian Australia and is heading to Tasmania this month to show us how it’s done in […]

The complexities of character with Lauren Daniels

Posted by Chris Gallagher on May 17, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   According to published writer and editor Lauren Daniels, a powerful character can reflect “the deepest themes of humanity”. Whether you’re writing creative non-fiction or mapping out a novel, it’s important to consider the psychology behind your leading star. Lauren will visit Hobart to show us how for her June 18 workshop […]

Interns join the centre’s team

Posted by Chris Gallagher on May 12, 2016

Congratulations to Zoe Cooney, Arianne James and Sheridan Legg! We are thrilled to have three excited interns joining our busy team. They will each work  a day per week in our office situated on the first floor of the historic Salamanca Arts Centre. They will work closely with centre staff and undertake research, proofing, assistance with strategic partnerships […]

The three selves of Gina Mercer

Posted by Chris Gallagher on May 4, 2016

By Leigh Rigozzi and Stephanie Eslake   Author and former Island editor Gina Mercer has been named the 2016 recipient of our Prince Edward Island residency program, and it’ll see her work on a collection of eco-poetry and interviews all around the theme of water. Gina has spent three decades teaching creative writing and literature […]

Crowdfunding: the hows and whys

Posted by Chris Gallagher on April 27, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake, image by Leigh Rigozzi   You have the greatest idea for your writing project. You’re keen to launch an e-book, invest time in research and development, or collaborate with others to host your literary event. But how will you source the funds to make it happen? Crowdfunding is an effective way to help […]

Jon Doust’s ‘peak tweaks’ and other truths

Posted by Chris Gallagher on April 20, 2016

By Leigh Rigozzi and Stephanie Eslake   Ever wanted to write about your life, but worry what your friends or family will think when they appear in your revealing tales? Jon Doust is no stranger to the feeling. It didn’t stop the writer-comedian from producing two novels inspired by personal stories, and he has two […]