Courtesy of the Nine Network, globe-trotting 60 Minutes' reporter Charles Wooley will be delivering the Festival's Richard Carleton Address.
Exciting writing and illustration workshops for youngsters. Limited availabiliites. Go to Workshops page and scroll down.

Volunteer for an hour, a day, a week! Help us make the Festival happen, and meet and mix with some of Australia's most celebrated writers. Click here to download the registration form


80 writers, 3 marquees, and 3 days of conversations with authors, panel sessions, debates, keynotes, readings, book launches and writers workshops. Covering literary fiction, popular fiction, biography, comedy, current affairs, history, military, crime, poetry, wine and food, stage and screen, and self-publishing, with a strong concurrent children's and young adult program.

Alex Miller, Gretel Killeen, Julian Burnside QC, Poppy Gee and Fiona O'Loughin join the program.

A revered two-time winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award. A much-loved bestselling author, journalist and broadcaster. A Living National Treasure. A crime writer putting Tassie on the bloody map.  And one of Australia's funniest women. What's not to love about the final additions to our magnificent program, now revealed in full on the Program page.











Come Hear True Stories that will Entertain, Amaze, and Inform You


A writers festival is not only about fiction. At this Festival you will see and hear writers tell their own true stories. Writers such as comedian Fiona O'Loughlin and actor Steve Bisley. You will hear Dr Philip Nitschke talk about his autobiography Damned if I Do. The revealing book tells of the interntionally famous eutnanasia advocate's controversial and often bumpy path to found and direct Exit International. It took three attempts to pen the book, co-written with crime writer Peter Corris, himself an experienced biographer. Philip has two sessions. In one he's talking about a book that changed his life. In the other, he's talking about the life, his, that became a book.

You'll also be able to see Professor Henry Reynolds and Professor Peter Stanley talking about subjects ranging from the cost of war to the forgotten war waged against indigenous Australians. Plus a whole lot more fascinating true stories and equally fascinating authors to engage you.




Writers Festival Etiquette


Because all our Beaconsfield marquee sessions are free, and no tickets are involved, we ask you to observe a little marquee etiquette. There will be a lot of people looking for seats in each session, so we ask you not to try to save seats. And several front row seats will have 'Reserved' signs on them, and we ask you not to use them - they are for special guests of the Festival.

And there will be a row of tables in the Festival Hub with several chairs on one side of each, beside the Fullers Bookshop area - these will be for authors signing their books, so please do not use them.

And finally... Have a great Festival!











Our amazing author list includes Stella Award winner Carrie Tiffany (Mateship With Birds) who was also shortlisted for the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Romy Ash, another 2013 Miles Franklin shortlisted author (for Floundering) is also joining us.As is Hannah Kent, author of the international sensation Burial Rites.

What happens when an Asperger's Syndrome sufferer goes in search of the love of his life? Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project, the 2013 novel that has swept into 40 countries and been grabbed by Hollywood, will tell us all about it.

Acclaimed home-grown Tasmanian novelists Katherine Scholes, Rachel Treasure and Rohan Wilson are coming. So too the internationally acclaimed novelists Nikki Gemmell and Nick Earls, who will both also feature on the children's author program, which will be led the multi-million-selling Andy Griffiths as well as Wendy Harmer, Tristan Bancks and a host of other renowned authors for younger readers including Sheryll Clark and Tasmania's Lian Tanner, Angelica Banks, Kate Gordon and Christina Booth.

'I'm coming down to Tassie!'

Film, TV & Stage Actor and biographer Steve Bisley

What a strong line-up of biographers we have for you. Actor Steve Bisley (pictured) will be talking about his acclaimed autobiography Stillways. Sally Dingo, author of the bestseller Our Mob will be on the program. Dr Philip Nitschke will be talking about his recently released autobiography Damned if I Do. Plus, Sir Henry Parkes' biographer Stephen Dando-Collins, and one or two other biographers of note.

We'll have two winners of the Prime Minister's History Prize, Professor Peter Stanley (UNSW) and Professor Henry Reynolds (UTAS). Meanwhile, Professor Natasha Cica, Professor Richard Eccleston, Rodney Croome and Danielle Wood will discuss a subject close to Tasmanians' hearts, one which has fostered a bestselling book and has had Australia talking.

A fabulous line-up of top wine and food writers.

The food writers line-up is headed by the Barossa Valley's Maggie Beer, much loved cook, food manufacturer, TV personality and food writer. She'll be joined by other food writers including Brenda Fawdon from Brisbane's Mondo Organics.

Our wine writers will be led by Max Allen (Gourmet Traveller and The Australian), Sydney's Mike Bennie and legendary Tasmanian winemaker Dr Andrew Pirie. And expect one or two surprise guests. Plus stunning Tamar Valley views at no extra charge. This weekend will be, literally, wine and food lovers' heaven.


Become a voting member of Festival of Golden Words Inc and help us make the Festival happen. For your $30 a year you will receive invitations to Friends Only events leading up to the Festival, and have first bite at the Festival's paid events - before anyone else gets to grab a ticket. 

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Come see, hear, meet and learn from some of Australia’s leading children’s and young adult authors, in an exciting program for younger readers. And it’s all free.

You’ll be surprised, and delighted by what we’ll be talking about on stage in the Festival marquees located beside the Beaconsfield Community Centre in Weld Street, and by who’ll be doing the talking - an amazing line-up of writers. And as the marquee program is free and there are no reserved seats, plan to be here early.

A dozen workshops conducted by leading writers appearing at the Festival. From getting published to charecterisation, to writing speculative fiction, poetry and wine writing. Plus exciting workshops for children. Bookings now open. Go to the Workshops page.

On the Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, see a nonstop roster of poets reading their work at Beaconsfield’s Two Door Cafe at breakfast time. Admission will be free. But you’ll have to pay for the great coffee and food!

Competition now open, with $1,250 in prizes in adult, young writer, and Tamar Valley schoolchild categories. Entries close February 17. For all details, download the Entry Form here.