Set amongst vineyards, blue skies and water views, the Tamar Valley Writers Festival is a cherished part of Tasmania’s cultural calendar and one of the largest writers festivals outside a capital city.
Since the first event in 2014, the biennial festival has welcomed some of Australia’s most famed writers, thinkers and speakers to share their unique insights into the written word. No genre is off limits. Romance, politics, crime, biography, comedy, songwriting, poetry, film and television are all welcome as the festival embraces the full spectrum of diversity. Guest speakers include emerging and established writers, bloggers, critics, sports writers, playwrights, poets and wordsmiths — all for the love of words.
There’s a special place in the Tamar Valley Writers Festival’s heart for Tasmania’s own writing talent, and we acknowledge a richly storied region and heritage.
Our goal is to encourage a hunger and appreciation for writing and reading in Australia. Our committee is open-minded and nimble, constantly looking at new ways to help people connect with the written and spoken word. Collaborations are one of our favourite things. We will be revealing exciting new connections soon as we move towards the next festival, and the fleet of events and opportunities in the lead-up.
The theme for the 2022 festival is Tasmania on the Global Page. We are excited by the way Tasmania’s literature and topics are a melting pot of diversity, from our indigenous and convict history to the growing interest in genealogy; to education and its challenges; to the presence of fine Tasmanian writing on bookshelves across the world.
Our schools program was a roaring success at our previous festivals, engaging with young readers, parents and teachers alike thanks to high-profile children’s authors. And we shall continue! Our plans for the 2022 schools program are unparalleled. But that’s all we can say for now, other than to watch this space!
The hub for the 2022 Festival will once again be located at the Aspect Tamar Valley Resort, a stunning 20-minute drive from Launceston.
The Tamar Valley Writers Festival is a not-for-profit event supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and the West Tamar Council. It is also backed by many northern Tasmanian businesses and community groups.
The Tamar Valley Writers Festival meets on lutruwita (Tasmania) Aboriginal land, and we acknowledge with deep respect the traditional owners of this land, the palawa people. For many years the palawa people referred to this land as palanwina lurini kanamaluka meaning ‘the town near river Tamar’. We pay respect to elders past and present and to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community that continues to care for Country. We acknowledge the palawa people’s unique storytelling culture and the richness it brings to the realm of literacy today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 met some fascinating people and made some new friends. I really don't think I can fault anything.
Congratulations on a terrific festival. We enjoyed it immensely. The final session, on writing drunk, was a hoot — a great way to finish a festival.
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 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.
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 is already one of the finest in the country.
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.