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 11 to 13 September 2020, 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.
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.
Many, many thanks for all your efforts in making the Tamar Valley Writers Festival such a warm and wonderful place to celebrate big ideas and connections between readers and writers. It was such a joy to be involved. Congratulations.
A huge thanks to you all for inviting me to be a part of your brilliant festival. I had a blast. It was such a warm, welcoming and invigorating environment.
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.
It was really good fun. And it was very well organised. Congratulations.
My kids loved the school sessions. They loved the diversity of the presenters; having an illustrator and seeing someone who writes non-fiction picture books was fantastic.
Congratulations to you, your committee and all of your wonderful volunteers on a terrific festival. We enjoyed it immensely. The final session, on writing drunk, was a hoot - a great way to finish a festival.
Wonderful panels and terrific audiences- and a general atmosphere of friendship and generosity. Congratulations on the success of the whole weekend which buzzed with ideas and pleasure.
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.