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2018 Festival
14-16 September

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Writers

We promise an exciting line-up again in 2018!

The Tamar Valley Writers Festival is one of the largest writers festivals outside a capital city and continues to  attract nationally recognised authors and critics. No genre is off limits as we embrace diverse styles including popular romantic fiction, politics, crime, biography, comedy, songwriting and film and television.

In one location, we bring together emerging and acclaimed writers, bloggers, critics, sports writers, playwrights, poets and wordsmiths in a welcoming and encouraging environment.

And of course, we’ve reserved a special place for the best in Tasmanian writing and for new and emerging talent – a highlight of the past two Festivals.

Our theme for 2018 is ‘Tasmania on the Global Page’. This can be interpreted to include diverse topics such as Tasmania’s convict history to the rapidly growing interest in genealogy; to education, and its challenges for Tasmania; to the finest in Tasmanian writing.

Our extensive Schools program proved incredibly popular with young readers, parents and teachers at our first two festivals because of the list of high-profile children’s authors, so we’re excited to retain this wonderful offering.

See yourself here?

Are you looking to be considered as one of our guest writers, presenters, poets, comedians, songwriters, scriptwriters, speech writers in the future? If this sounds like you please submit a short bio, a brief sample of your work, and contact phone number.

Expressions of interest have closed for 2018’s event. To be considered for future Festivals, apply to: writers@tamarvalleywritersfestival.com.au

 

2018 writers

Hindrum, Cameron

Cameron Hindrum lives, writes and works in Launceston. His first novel The Blue Cathedral was published in 2011 by Forty South Books and his second, The Sand, is nearing completion as part of a Doctorate in Creative Arts (Writing) through...

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Ivanoff, George

George Ivanoff is a Melbourne author who’s written more than 100 books for kids and teens, including the Gamers trilogy, the interactive You Choose series, the RFDS Adventures, and his latest series, Other Worlds; as well as a ton of school readers and educational books. George’s...

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Parkyn, Stephanie

Stephanie Parkyn had always wanted to write fiction, but a fascination with science and the environment led her to a PhD and a career as a freshwater ecologist. A move to Tasmania let her follow her dream of making art...

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Andrew, Ian

Ian Andrew, owner of the Book Reality Experience, an independent, hybrid publishing company that specialises in helping independent writers, is also the author of the Wright & Tran series of detective novels. The first of which, Face Value, was awarded the 2017 Publishers...

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Walker, Lisa

Lisa Walker’s debut young adult romantic comedy, Paris Syndrome (HarperCollins) and a climate change comedy, Melt (Lacuna) came out this year. Her other novels are: Liar Bird, Sex, Lies and Bonsai (HarperCollins, 2012, 2013) and Arkie’s Pilgrimage to the Next...

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Riggall, Lyndon

Lyndon Riggall is a writer and trainee teacher from Launceston, Tasmania. After graduating from the University of Tasmania with First Class Honours in Creative Writing in 2012, he went on to win UK publisher Hot Key Books’ Young Writers Prize...

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Brumby, Monique

Monique Brumby is a multiple ARIA Award winning singer/songwriter. Her original works have been recognised by ARIA in the Best Female Artist and Song of the Year categories. Monique has been awarded the Tasmanian Arts Award for Young Australian of...

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Shield, Helen

Helen presents Your Afternoon on ABC Radio in Tasmania, something like the ultimate dinner party conversation with live, local music alongside.  It’s the daily reprieve from the news cycle – more a place for swimming echidnas, or stories about bumping...

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Glickman, Ray

Ray Glickman is the Principal of management consultancy, From Left Field.  Ray is one of Perth’s most successful business leader with 25 years’ experience at CEO level and a strong reputation as a Board Chairman and Non-Executive Director. He has...

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Azar, Shokoofeh

Shokoofeh Azar was born in Iran just seven years before the Islamic revolution. Shokoofeh’s early interest in literature and art developed into a successful career in writing and art in Iran, including 14 years as an independent journalist. Her Companion...

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Lewis, Catherine

Catherine Lewis founded Wild Dingo Press 10 years ago to bring more diverse voices to the Australian literary landscape, including those who have been silenced and disenfranchised. The first title released by WDP in 2008, was a best-seller. The Rugmaker of...

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Sharp, Lucinda

Lucinda has been a ballet dancer with The Australian Ballet (1974-1984), a rehearsal director for three dance companies, and a psychologist working in the performing arts (most notably at the Australian Ballet School where she led a world-renowned team of...

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Page, Adam

When he isn’t performing his Rock ‘n’ Roll Show around Tasmania, Adam Page is writing stories on local people for his very popular Facebook page, Humans of Launceston. Adam is releasing his first book next year, which will focus on...

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McBride, Marc

Marc McBride's first picture book was The Kraken in 2001 written by Gary Crew. Since then, he has illustrated many books including the hugely successful Deltora Quest and Quentaris series, The Deltora Book of Monsters, Old Ridley, Journey From the Centre of the Earth and Tales of Deltora. His latest book is...

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King, Belinda

Belinda’s arrived in Tasmania in 2000 to work with Radio 7LA in Launceston, and subsequently Magic 107.3 in Hobart. She is a founding member and Co-President of Encore and has directed their critically acclaimed productions of Les Miserables, Buddy, The Phantom...

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Nicholas, Glynn

Glynn Nicholas is an award-winning actor, presenter, keynote speaker, comedian, writer, director, teacher, producer and is the Director of Glynn Nicholas Group, based in Australia. After 10 years as a street performer in Europe during the 70s and 80s he...

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Evans, Louise

A journalist by profession, Louise Evans has recently published her first book, Passage to Pusan. It is a book based on Louise’s grandmother Thelma Healy who went on a harrowing 15,000 km journey from Australia to war-torn South Korea in 1961...

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Allan, Louise

Louise Allan's first novel, The Sisters’ Song, was published this year by Allen and Unwin. The manuscript had previously been shortlisted for the 2014 City of Fremantle—TAG Hungerford Award, and awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship. Louise grew up in Launceston...

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Arnott, Robbie

Robbie Arnott is the author of Flames. In 2015 he won the Tasmanian Young Writers' Fellowship, and in 2014 he won the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. His writing has been widely published throughout Australia. He lives in Hobart.

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Cole, Jessie

Jessie Cole grew up in an isolated valley in northern New South Wales, where she still lives today in her childhood home. Her first novel, Darkness on the Edge of Town, was shortlisted for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal and...

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Collins, Paul

Paul Collins has written around 150 books. He is best known for The Quentaris Chronicles (The Spell of Undoing is Book #1 in the new series), which he co-edited with Michael Pryor, The Jelindel Chronicles, The Maximus Black Files and The World...

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Corke, Dr Charlie

Dr Charlie Corke is one of Australia’s leading Intensive Care specialists and is currently President of the College of Intensive Care of Australia and New Zealand. He is the regional clinical lead for the Advance Care Planning program and is...

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Dando-Collins, Stephen

Stephen Dando-Collins is the festival’s founder, and the award-winning author of 41 books, both fiction and nonfiction, published around the world. At this year’s festival Stephen will be talking about Mr Showbiz his acclaimed 2017 biography of Australian impresario Robert...

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Dryburgh, James

James Dryburgh writes essays about important things and shares stories. From working in a mine in Bolivia to discovering the uncanny parallels between Tasmania and Tierra del Fuego; from interviewing former guerrilla fighters in El Salvador, Colombian presidential candidates and...

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Edwards, Rachel

Rachel Edwards is the editor in chief of Transportation Press. A writer herself, she has been published in The Australian, The Mercury, Crikey and Island. She was the host of the long running Book Show on Edge Radio, in the...

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Jacobson, Michael

Launceston-born Michael Jacobson is the author of two best-selling novels, Windmill Hill and Always East, both set in Tasmania. Over a long journalism career in Tasmania and Queensland, Michael won several awards and his weekly column for the Gold Coast...

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Johnson, Katherine

Tasmanian writer Katherine Johnson is the author of two novels: Pescador’s Wake (Fourth Estate) and The Better Son (Ventura Press), a novel set in the gothic landscape of northern Tasmania’s caves. Her third novel, Matryoshka, also set in Tasmania, will be...

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Kaufman, Amie

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in 30 countries, and has been described as “a game-changer” (Shelf Awareness), “stylistically mesmerising” (Publishers Weekly) and “out-of-this-world...

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Kerin, Jackie

Jackie Kerin is the author of two non-fiction picture books published by Museums Victoria. She has a third due to be published in late 2018, Four Find Gold! Jackie’s writing is informed by her practice as a storyteller working in...

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Kruckemeyer, Finegan

Finegan Kruckemeyer has had 85 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into six languages. His work has enjoyed seasons in 200 international festivals and at the Sydney Opera House (six works), DC’s Kennedy Center (three works), NY’s Lincoln...

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Lehman, Dr Kim

Dr Kim Lehman has an academic position at the University of Tasmania. He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature, an Honours degree in Politics and a PhD in Marketing. His research has been published in the Journal of Business Research, the Journal of...

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McAlister, Dr Jodi

Dr Jodi McAlister is the author of the Valentine series, a supernatural young adult series about smart girls and scary fairies in a small Australian town. The first two books in the series (Valentine and Ironheart) are currently available, and the third book, Misrule, will be...

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Mewburn, Kyle

Kyle Mewburn is one of New Zealand's most eclectic and prolific writers. From multi-layered picture books - Old Hu-hu and Melu; to laugh-out-loud junior fiction series - notably Dinosaur Rescue and Dragon Knight; her titles have been translated into a...

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Milne, Christine

Christine Milne is passionate about the environment, the climate and securing social justice. Over 25 years in the Tasmanian and Australian Parliaments, she worked for the World Heritage listing and protection of wild places and species in Australia and globally...

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Osborne, Michael

Michael Osborne is the Editor of the national news agency Australian Associated Press. For almost 10 years Mike has steered AAP as Editor after serving as the agency's Finance Editor, News Editor, Head of Sport and two stints as Foreign Correspondent in...

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Patton, Dr Shirley

Dr Shirley Patton grew up in outback Western Australia and now lives in wine-growing country overlooking the beautiful Tamar River, northern Tasmania. A decade ago, she left an academic career as a published researcher of family violence and a lecturer...

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Pos, Margaretta

Margaretta Pos is an author and freelance journalist. Mrs Fenton’s Journey: India and Tasmania 1826 to 1876 was published by Walleah Press in 2014. Shadows in Suriname was published by Forty South Publishing in 2016 and was long listed in the Tasmanian Premier’s 2017...

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Stocker, Fiona

Fiona Stocker is an English writer living in the Tamar Valley of Tasmania. She is the author of a humorous travel memoir Apple Island Wife, about leaving the city and moving to Tasmania on a hunch, with a husband who...

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Taylor, Rebe

Rebe Taylor is a historian with more than twenty years of experience researching and writing the histories of southeastern Australian indigenous peoples and of settlement. Her first book, Unearthed: the Aboriginal Tasmanians of Kangaroo Island (Wakefield Press), won the Victorian, and...

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Thompson, Adam

Adam Thompson is an emerging Aboriginal (pakana) writer from Launceston, Tasmania. In 2016, Adam was the recipient of an Arts Tasmania mentorship grant. In the same year, he won the Indigenous short-story award at the Tamar Valley Writers Festival. In...

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Tuffin, Lindsay

Lindsay Tuffin has been a journo since 1969, mainly in Tassie apart from a couple of years wandering around Oz. The effect of too much booze, sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll on a fragile consciousness led him to becoming...

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Thetford, Eloise

Melbourne based Folk/Blues/Americana artist Héloise is an eclectic song weaver who pens earnest music that warms the soul. Héloise started her career aged 15 in Tasmania, playing countless local shows and eventually securing performances at The Festival of Voices, The...

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Chater, Lauren

Lauren Chater writes fiction with a particular focus on women's stories. After working for many years in a variety of media roles, she turned her passion for reading and research into a professional pursuit. In 2014, she was the successful...

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Ayliffe, Tim

Tim Ayliffe has been a journalist for almost 20 years and is the Managing Editor of Television and Video for ABC News. He has also worked as TV News Editor for ABC News and the Executive Producer of ABC News Breakfast....

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Treasure, Rachael

Rachael Treasure is excited by soil microbe activity, and by beautiful storytelling. Combining her love for the land and the written word Rachael sparked a publishing boom in 2002 when her first novel Jillaroo woke up the world to contemporary women's stories...

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Kearney, Neil

Neil Kearney is one of Australia’s most versatile journalists. He began as copy boy for The Examiner in Launceston and – at the age of 20 – wrote and published a book titled Tasmania’s greatest sportsmen. Curiously, the chosen sportsmen...

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Hannan, Dr Terry

Dr Terry Hannan has been practising as a Specialist Physician for more than 43 years. During this time, he worked as a Palliative Care Physician for 12 years which included extensive experience in pain and end-of-life patient management. Since 2000...

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Wilkins, Stephen

Stephen is a Mead Maker, Teacher, Librarian and writer. In schools and at Tafe he has taught everything from Drama, English and Ancient History through to Business and the Library Technician’s Diploma. As a Mead Maker he has developed the...

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Burnside, Julian

Julian Burnside is a Melbourne barrister.   He joined the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989. He specialises in commercial litigation, and has acted in many very contentious cases - the MUA Waterfront dispute; the Cash-for-Comment enquiry; cases for...

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Plant, Andrew

Andrew is an Australian author and illustrator of over 70 children's and educational books. He also designs and paints theatre sets and murals. His first picture book as author/illustrator was Could a Tyrannosaurus Play Table Tennis? He has since illustrated...

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Bird, Carmel

Carmel Bird grew up in Launceston. She has written over thirty books and in 2016 was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award. Family Skeleton is her most recent novel, and her latest collection of stories is The Dead Aviatrix, which...

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Andrews, Alison

Alison Andrews has been a journalist and writer since she started her cadetship at The Examiner Newspaper, Launceston, in March 1970. She has worked for a number of media organisations both locally and interstate, is a published author and has...

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Courtney, Pip

Tasmanian-born Pip Courtney is a journalist and television presenter. She reports for and presents ABC TV's Landline. Her 21 years with the program have made her one of country Australia's most recognised and popular figures. Pip was inspired to become...

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Biddulph, Steve

Steve Biddulph's books have been popular for over 35 years, and are in four million homes worldwide in 32 languages.  Yet he is a remarkably private and shy man - when not appearing on stage, when he is somehow transformed!...

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Akle, Cheryl

Cheryl Akle has worked in the Australian book industry for over 30 years. Passionate about books, she is a strong advocate for Australian authors and a champion of reading. She is founder and director of Better Reading, a book recommendation...

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