Free marquee sessions, poets’ breakfasts, literary lunches, a literary dinner, a national address, writers workshops, vineyard food and wine writing sessions. A unique writers festival in Tasmania’s beautiful Tamar Valley next Autumn.
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.
With the Festival getting close, you'll have to be quick to grab a ticket to see the almost sold out session with Maggie Beer in conversation with national wine writer Mike Bennie at Tamar Ridge on the Saturday morning - complete with a premium Tasmanian food plate and a glass of wine.
And of course you can lunch with some fabulous writers.Fancy a gourmet BBQ lunch a great wine with the wonderful Wendy Harmer, Gourmet Traveller wine editor and Australian wine columnist Max Allen and food writer Brenda Fawdon on the Sunday at the Tamar Ridge cellar door? Get cracking then - book now!
Plus, see Philip Kuruvita and John T Bailey, authors of the stunning Tamar Valley Pantry, Tasmanian food icon Daniel Alps, and Andrew Pirie,Tasmania's renowned wine guru.
Go to the Ticketed Events page for tickets. But be quick!
Short Story Competition Short List Announced
The judges are delighted to announce that the following writers have been short listed in the Festival's Short Story Competition prizes.
Aleks Terauds Snr. 'Thursday Love'
Andrea McMahon. 'Delivery'
Bob Leatham. 'Billy the Kid'
Rioko Leamont. 'Liar, liar.'
Jacinta Antoniazzi. 'Dear Anonymous.'
Lilly Adkins. 'Behind the door.'
Tamar Valley Student
Breea Jenner. 'Dino World, Friends Forever
Abirami Raj. 'Freedom Isn't Everything.'
Kaitlyn Dickson. 'Against the Enemy.'
Congratulations to all the short listed writers, and thank you to the many other writers who entered the competition. The winners will be announced in the Festival's Marquee One on Saturday, March 15 during the 1.00-2.00 pm session. All winners will be subsequently notified.
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.
WE NEED FRIENDS!
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.
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.
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.