Festival blog

Jane Caro in Justice and Courage Session

Posted by Chris Gallagher on October 9, 2015

We’ve been sifting through the audio recordings from various sessions at the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival last month. Here is a great little clip one from Jane Caro in the session “Justice through Courage”. “How did you get from abortion to apricot chicken?” wonders Jess Malpas at the end of Jane’s introductory statement. Check […]

Festival Photos

Posted by Chris Gallagher on September 28, 2015

Helen Shields Writers Festival OB

Posted by Chris Gallagher on September 21, 2015

The Festival got off to a roaring start on Friday with ABC’s Helen Shield interviewing some of our star guests including – Omar Musa, James Dryburgh, Adam Ousten, Antonia Hayes, Sarah Firth, Posie Graeme-Evans, Richard Fidler.      

Our Write to Change the World

Posted by Claire Jansen on September 14, 2015

In a room of sparkling chandeliers and golden spotlights Tasmanian author, James Dryburgh presented three of Australia’s leading thinkers: journalist and writer Jane Caro, poet and rapper Omar Musa, and human rights lawyer and author and Julian Burnside. There was a packed afternoon audience.

“Young Adult? Yes Please!” – Hannah Warwarek

Posted by Hannah Warwarek on September 13, 2015

What is Young Adult fiction? Does the label help or hinder the category? And how do you write such fiction when you are outside of the age section yourself?

Writing the Unspeakable

Posted by Hannah Grey on September 13, 2015

What is an unspeakable topic? This question was tackled this morning in Writing the Unspeakable, a conversation between panellists Stephanie Bishop, Antonia Hayes and Peter Timms, chaired by Jane McCredie. Stephanie Bishop, author of the recently released The Other Side of the World, pointed out that certain topics are not necessarily unspeakable, but that people […]

An Inkpot of Fate

Posted by Michael Blake on September 13, 2015

Chris Downes is an American, but it’s hard to hold it against him.

In Conversation with Antonia Hayes

Posted by Britta Jorgensen on September 13, 2015

“I don’t know you but already I’m strangely attracted to you.” This is the first thing I say in the intimate, dimly lit John Webb Room at Hadley’s, where Richard Fidler and Antonia Hayes are sitting in what could be someone’s fancy living room but is, in fact, a stage in front of a packed audience. […]

Poetry in Motion

Posted by Claire Jansen on September 12, 2015

Saturday 12 September 2015 – 4pm -5pm Omar Musa, Sarah Holland-Batt, and Brent MacLaine with Cameron Hindrum In a room full of green chairs and black carpet with a pattern like sprigs of bridal veil a full room watched the Poetry in Motion session with Omar Musa, Sarah Holland-Batt, and Brent MacLaine facilitated by Cameron […]

“One for the Word Nerds”

Posted by Hannah Warwarek on September 12, 2015

In one of our first sessions for the morning, Jeff Malpus chaired a discussion with Don Watson, Julian Burnside and Jane Caro about the state of our language today and why words are still important to us. After sharing some anecdotes about what words mean to our panellists, the topic soon moved to some lamenting […]