It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the Tamar Valley Writers Festival is excited to announce two literary events that could be just the ticket for that special gift under the tree.
In February the Festival will bring Miles Franklin Award-winning novelist Melissa Lucashenko and Tasmania's own Katherine Scholes — who can truly claim more than 2 million books sold — to the Tamar Valley.
We will also shine the spotlight on Tasmanian Aboriginal author Adam Thompson, who will be officially launching his debut book of short stories.
Book early so as to avoid disappointment. Due to Covid-19 regulations, seats for both events are limited.
Melissa Lucashenko in conversation with Adam Thompson
Saturday February 6, 4-6pm
Tailrace Centre, Riverside
Tickets $45 (members $35)
Lucashenko will be talking about Too Much Lip and how being shortlisted for the Stella Prize, but going on to win the $60,000 Miles Franklin Literary Award can change your life. Thompson will explain how mentors like Denise Robinson, Kate Gordon, Jimmy Everett and Cate Kennedy changed aspiration to inspiration for his short but powerfully-charged storytelling journey.
Katherine Scholes at Waterton Hall, February 21
Sunday February 21, 1:45-5pm
Waterton Hall, Kayena
Earlybird special: $120 for two tickets (until Christmas)
Scholes most recent book, The Beautiful Mother, was released this year, in the throes of Covid-19. So it is with great pleasure that we have the opportunity to invite her to witness her breadth of writerly experience, as shared in conversation with friend and former ABC broadcaster Annie Warburton.
Waterton Hall is a colonial homestead restored to perfection, idyllically located on the banks of the Tamar. Owners Sue and David Shannon, have warmly welcomed our request to throw open their gates for us and you to hear Katherine Scholes share stories about her fascinating life and career as a novelist.
We would love to welcome you to both or either of these special events. They are indicative of what you as friends of the TVWF can come to expect as our 2021-22 program unfolds.
Petrarch's bookstore will be at both events overseeing book sales and signings.