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Set amid vineyards, Launceston’s historic architectural beauty, or with natural bushland as a backdrop the Tamar Valley Writers Festival is a treasured part of Tasmania’s cultural calendar and one of the largest writers festivals outside a capital city in Australia.

Since the first event in 2014, the biennial festival has welcomed some of Australia’s most famed writers, thinkers and speakers to share how the written word imbues their world. 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 and poets — all for the love of words.

Our core values are:

Creativity … Inclusivity … Sustainability


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 over-arching theme that guides the 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.

We are particularly proud of our students’ program, which has drawn upwards of 600 students attending each Festival.  And we shall continue, but this year the program will be delivered to schools or offered in unique spaces that give a greater sense of place for the stories being told. Already we have released our first e-book, Tamar The Thiefwritten by Lyndon Riggall and illustrated by Grace Roberts. If you haven’t read it you can find it right here under Storytelling. 

Keep a keen eye on our website and our social media pages as there is plenty of news and exciting events about to come your way.

The countdown has begun to TVWF 2022, so keep October 13-17 clear in your diary. We look forward to you being part of the fun!


palanwina lurini kanamaluka

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.

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