In March 2014, the Tamar Valley mining town of Beaconsfield hosted the inaugural Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words; a unique community and cultural experience.
The event was so well revered it has since become one of regional Australia’s biggest writers festivals.
It’s happening again on 14-16 September, with our third iteration rebranded under the fresh banner of the Tamar Valley Writers Festival and, for the first time, located at Aspect Tamar Valley Resort, a central and welcoming location, and just a 20 minute picturesque drive from Launceston.
The Festival is a non-profit event supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and the West Tamar Council as well as many northern Tasmanian businesses and community groups.
This year’s Festival will bring together the finest of Australian literary thinking. Ticketed functions will include a gala opening night cocktail party, breakfasts, speaking events, masterclasses, and a BBQ.
It was an honour and a pleasure to be a part of the Tamar Valley Writers Festival 2016. Not only did I have the opportunity to perform to thousands of kids in the region, exciting them about the world of literature & reading, but I heard local authors and producers speak passionately about how their enigmatic island inspires and informs their work.
It was very well organised: it’s good to be able to move from one tent to another, rather than have to commit in advance to particular sessions.
Delighted to be invited to the Tamar Writers Festival in 2016. I was particularly pleased to engage with Tasmanian writers who were on the program or came as attendees. The entire event was well organised and a joy to take part in.
The Tamar Valley Writers’ Festival is already one of the finest in the country.
As a writer for young adults I especially enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk to local students, who appeared to really engage with the presentations.
I write in praise of the Tamar Valley Writers Festival. I've attended a great many of these events around the country over the decades but few as impressive and enjoyable as yours.
Very well organised, and appreciative of the volunteers who did a fantastic job in ensuring all the writers were welcomed, and looked after so well. Refreshing to have a festival where writers are not simply ‘left to their own devices’ before and after their respective sessions.
The Tamar Valley Writers Festival 2016 was a wonderful event. Not only was it in a spectacular location, but more importantly, the impressive diversity of writers it attracted, and the effective composition and curation of panels allowed for enjoyable and important discussions.
I met some fascinating people and made some new friends. I really don't think I can fault anything.
Allowing people to move from one tent to another within a relatively small area is a perfect way to run a writers’ festival as it gives the greatest room for chance to introduce readers to the work of a writer they may never have heard of.
Late Night Live has record-breaking levels of podcasts from both local and international listeners – many millions each year. And people are continuing to download sessions from your festival.
It was really good fun. And it was very well organised. Congratulations.
It was really good fun. I think you have a winner on your hands. Congratulations.
Throughout my panel sessions I met and spent time with more devoted teen readers, some of whom sought advice with their own writing. Some told me they rarely get the opportunity to meet Young Adult writers in person and I have corresponded with one of them since to encourage her promising effort.
Thank you so much for inviting me! The festival was a great deal of fun and, for my part, I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the various panels and hearing so many other writers talk as well.
I can only agree in saying the Tamar Valley Writers Festival was absolutely great! Accommodation and food for the writers and illustrators was marvellous.
Your committee was energetic and enthusiastic and the events well organised. I brought my program 'Late Night Live' with me. We recorded and broadcast quite a few sessions – and taped others for subsequent broadcasting. This amplified the voice of the Festival by many orders of magnitude.
I enjoyed myself and received great feedback from kids, teachers and parents, many of whom had travelled to get to this fantastic festival. All your volunteers did a great job.