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Q&A with Jane Naqvi

Posted by Arianne James on November 23, 2020

Jane Naqvi

Jane Naqvi recently took a moment to answer some questions about her riveting debut novel, Jackjumper. Where did the idea for this book come from? The idea arose from reflecting on my Tasmanian lifestyle combined with a penchant for travel, including the meeting of in-laws and people who had very different lifestyles from mine. Gradually […]

Q&A with Kate Eagles

Posted by Arianne James on November 19, 2020

Kate Eagles, secretary at TasWriters, recently published the memoir of her great-great grandmother Bessy Maria Marlay Deloitte, a project she undertook for her English Honours thesis at Utas in 2018. Arianne recently chatted to Kate about the book’s journey. Excerpt of back cover blurb – “In 1817, when Bessy Maria Marlay was born, Britain was recovering from […]

Q&A with Julia Miller

Posted by Arianne James on November 19, 2020

Julia Miller is the author of Germline, a gripping thriller set in a post pandemic world in which science, history romance and mystery merge together in a world Charles Darwin could never have imagined when he popularised the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’ – Forty South. Dr Ellen Hancock survived the 2064 pandemic but is not yet […]

Close and Personal with Jane Harper

Posted by Arianne James on November 2, 2020

Jane Harper, Queen of rural noir, recently chatted with Arianne about her latest novel, The Survivors and the writing life. The landscapes and towns in your books have such a strong presence, almost as if they are characters themselves. Is this something you have in mind when writing, landscape as character? Yeah it definitely is, and […]

October Recommended Reads

Posted by Arianne James on October 13, 2020

Australian Recent Release: The Survivors by Jane Harper. “A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away…” “Jane Harper creates an impressive landscape that serves to illustrate how the experience of place inevitably shapes the lives of those who live there. You may find it hard to leave behind.” Sydney Morning Herald. Set […]

Close and Personal with B.P. Marshall

Posted by Arianne James on October 12, 2020

Ben Marshall is the author of The Last Circus on Earth, a thrilling near future novel taking reader’s on a journey across Europe and Russia with a hellish Circus. It won the 2019 Fantasica Science Fiction Prize. Read on to find out more about Ben’s writing process and inspiration for his novel, and the play he is currently […]

Close and Personal with Kyle Perry

Posted by Arianne James on September 21, 2020

At the bottom of the world, there is an island. It is a land of rugged wilderness, of ice and snow and blistering heat, of the oldest trees on earth . . . They say tigers still roam there. They say other things roam, too.  I was fortunate enough to chat with Kyle Perry, author […]

September Recommended Reads

Posted by Arianne James on September 7, 2020

Australian Recent Release: Top End Girl by Miranda Tapsell. Sharing my story is important … I think it is true that you don’t aspire to be what you cannot see. I would like this book to show you that you can push yourself to do things you never dreamed you would do. Growing up, Miranda […]

Close and Personal with Claire Christian.

Posted by Arianne James on August 25, 2020

If you’re not already following Claire Christian (@ClaireandPearl as she goes by on Twitter and Instagram) please do. You will not regret it. She will add a mountain’s worth of joy and wholesome goodness to your feed. Did I mention she also has the most adorable pug called Midge? If you’re not on social media […]

Amanda Lohrey’s Labyrinth reviewed by Sue Kennedy.

Posted by Arianne James on August 19, 2020

After reading the back cover I was ready for this to be a sad and depressing story. What I found was an uplifting and thought provoking read. A book I found hard to put down. I cared about the characters and how they would cope with the intricacies and disappointments of life. Amanda paints the […]

Close and Personal with Lian Tanner.

Posted by Arianne James on August 6, 2020

Celebrated Tasmanian children’s author Lian Tanner has done and lived through some amazing things. Tourist bus driver? Tick. Juggler? Tick. Teacher? Tick. Been accidentally dynamited while scuba diving in Papua New Guinea? Triple tick. I was lucky enough to have a chat to Lian about her hilarious and heart-warming new book, A Clue for Clara. I’m always curious about the ways […]

August Recommended Reads

Posted by Arianne James on August 4, 2020

Australian Recent Release: Please Don’t Hug Me by Kay Kerr. “A funny-serious own-voices story about what happens when you stop trying to be the person other people expect you to be and give yourself a go.” Text Publishing. Erin is excited for schoolies, and maybe a little nervous. But her life is getting messy, which […]

July Recommended Reads

Posted by Arianne James on July 20, 2020

Australian Recent Release:  Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty. At just fifteen, Dara McNulty became a published author with his debut, Diary of a Young Naturalist . This stunning book takes the reader on a sensory journey through Dara’s Northern Ireland home in the form of diary entries. Dara’s deep connection to the natural world […]

June Recommended Reads

Posted by Arianne James on June 5, 2020

Australian Recent Release: The Viennese Girl by Jenny Lecoat. Lecoat weaves a riveting tale, inspired by the true story of Hedy Bercu, a young Jewish girl who fled to the island of Jersey seeking refuge from Nazi occupied Vienna, only to become trapped on the island during the German occupation. Hedy hides in plain sight, […]

May Recommended Reads

Posted by Arianne James on May 7, 2020

Australian Recent Release: The Foundling by Stacey Halls. From the best-selling author of The Familiars comes a new tale set in Georgian London. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at a Foundling Hospital, Bess returns to bring her child home. But when she arrives she discovers, to her shock, that her daughter has already […]

Close and Personal with Erin Hortle

Posted by Arianne James on April 16, 2020

Congratulations to Tasmania’s own Erin Hortle on the publication of her debut novel, The Octopus and I, which was released by Allen and Unwin yesterday. Read on for a fascinating insight into the inspiration behind the book. Where did the idea for this novel come from? I was inspired to write what became The Octopus and […]

April Recommended Reads

Posted by Arianne James on April 16, 2020

Australian Recent Release: The Clergyman’s Wife by Molly Greeley. “Poignant, pensive and brilliant …” Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It. Charlotte Collins (nee Lucas) leads a quiet and respectable life as the wife of Hunsford’s vicar. She tends to the house, cares for her daughter and tolerates her husband’s dreary […]

Women Who Write – A new blog series.

Posted by Arianne James on March 8, 2020

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we thought why not celebrate the incredible female (and female identifying) literary greats, both past and present? So, every two weeks we will feature an extraordinary female writer and their work on the blog. Let’s kick off with Nikita Gill, a brilliant young poet whose fame began when she started […]

March Recommended Reads

Posted by Arianne James on March 2, 2020

Australian Recent Release: The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman. Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel in the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards for Crime Fiction From the bestselling writer of See You in September, comes Secrets of Strangers – intense, persuasive, unputdownable. This story begins in an ordinary cafe on an even more ordinary day in […]

Q&A with T.C. Shelley

Posted by Marion Stoneman on February 27, 2020

T.C Shelley, author of the wonderful new kids book, The Monster Who Wasn’t, answers some of our questions. Where did the idea for this book come from? My daughter and I were watching ‘Tinkerbell’ and she asked me ‘If fairies come from a first laugh, where do monsters come from?’ And so I answered it as […]

February Recommended Reads

Posted by Arianne James on February 6, 2020

Australian Recent Release: Charlotte Pass by Lee Christine. “Hums with tension and long-held secrets… You won’t read better” – Fleur McDonald, bestselling author of Starting From Now. After human remains are found on Mount Sitwell in the Snowy Mountains by ski patroller Vanessa Bell, Detective Sergeant Pierce Ryder of the Sydney Homicide Squad is called […]

January Recommended Reads

Posted by Arianne James on January 6, 2020

Australian Recent Release: A Murder at Malabar Hill  by Sujata Massey.   “Marvelously plotted, richly detailed . . . This is a first-rate performance inaugurating a most promising series.” The Washington Post. Fans of Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher and Alexander McCall Smith’s Precious Ramotswe will love this brilliant new crime heroine. The scene is 1920’s Bombay, […]

December Recommended Reads

Posted by Arianne James on December 16, 2019

Australian Recent Release: Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton . Winner of four ABIA Awards this year, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award, the MUD Literary Prize 2019, UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Book of the Year at the 2019 Indie Book Awards. Boy […]

Tassie books this Christmas (and holidays)

Posted by Daniela Brozek on December 13, 2019

Looking for summer reading or gift ideas? TasWriters members have been busy this year. They have published a grand variety of books, something for everyone. We’ve put together this flyer to make it easy for you to find just what you’re after. (Download link for ‘right click & save as’ lovers).

Close and Personal with Terry Whitebeach and Gina Mercer.

Posted by Arianne James on August 14, 2019

Terry Whitebeach                                                                                                            […]

August Recommended Reads

Posted by Arianne James on August 8, 2019

Australian Recent Release: Song Spirals by Gay’wu Group of Women. “A rare opportunity to connect with the living tradition of women’s songlines, as recounted by Yolngu women from far north Australia.” – Allen and Unwin. We want you to come with us on our journey, our journey of songspirals. Songspirals are the essence of people […]

Recommended Reads – July

Posted by Marion Stoneman on July 4, 2019

Australian Recent Release: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. Khai Diep does not feel big, normal emotions like grief, and love. He feels irritation when people move his stuff, and contentment when his finances are in balance, but otherwise, he believe’s himself to be defective.  But Khai’s family know that his autism means he processes […]

Remembering Judith Kerr

Posted by Marion Stoneman on June 27, 2019

In May 2019, Judith Kerr, one of the world’s most beloved children’s authors, passed away at the age of 95. To celebrate her life and the infinite delight her books gave to both children and adults, Arianne has (with great difficulty) chosen three of her most classic tales to feature.  Judith Kerr was born in […]

Close and Personal with Davina Bell.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on June 13, 2019

Arianne recently chatted with best-selling children’s author Davina Bell, about her gorgeous new picture book, All the Ways to be Smart, featured in this month’s Recommended Reads: https://taswriters.org/recommended-reads-june-3/ Read on for Davina’s own unqiue insight into the world of children’s book publishing, and the idea behind this delightful book. Firstly, congratulations on the publication of All […]

Recommended Reads – June.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on June 6, 2019

Australian Recent Release: The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith. “Beautifully imagined and researched, enthralling and sometimes shocking, The Electric Hotel is a glorious tribute to the birth of movies” – Heather Rose. From the bestselling author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos comes a beautiful, compelling story of intertwined fates and unexpected discovery. […]

Recommended Reads – May

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 2, 2019

Australian Recent Release: Daughter of Bad Times by Rohan Wilson. “It’s impossible not to consider, as you read Daughter of Bad Times, that everything in 2075 is already here now and we are doing nothing to stop it. An utterly compelling vision by one of our finest writers.” Heather Rose, bestselling author of The Museum […]

Close and Personal with Margo Lanagan.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 2, 2019

Margo Lanagan is the award winning author of both novels and short stories. Her writing is astonishingly beautiful, powerful, strange and lyrical. Arianne was lucky enough to ask her some questions, which the TWC would now like to share with you. Do you have a favourite novel or short story from the collections you have […]

Up Close and Personal with Minnie Darke

Posted by Marion Stoneman on April 11, 2019

If you haven’t yet read Star Crossed, the big hearted and hilarious romantic comedy by Tasmania’s Minnie Darke (aka Danielle Wood), perhaps this interview will whet your appetite. Pop on over to our https://taswriters.org/april-recommended-reads/ page to discover more. When did you get the first inkling of the idea for this novel? The idea for the […]

April Recommended Reads

Posted by Marion Stoneman on April 4, 2019

Tasmanian Recent Release: Star Crossed by Minnie Darke. One of Australia’s most well loved and acclaimed storytellers, Tasmania’s own Danielle Wood, is back under the pseudonym Minnie Darke with her first ever work of commercial fiction. Star Crossed is set to become an instant favourite, with publication rights already sold to nineteen countries, and negotiations for […]

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award – Entries now open!

Posted by Marion Stoneman on March 19, 2019

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award is now open! If you are a writer under 35 years old with a polished manuscript between 30,000 – 100,000 words, do not hesitate to enter Australia’s most prestigious literary award. With a prize of $20, 000 and publication with Allen and Unwin, this is too good an opportunity to pass […]

Past Australian/Vogel Past Winners

Posted by Marion Stoneman on March 19, 2019

With The Australian/Vogel Literary Award now open for entries, get into the mood for the 2019 announcement by reading some of the past winners. If you are a writer and would like more information on how to submit your manuscript, click here   The Yellow House by Emily O’Grady – 2018 winner. Ten year old Cub […]

Q&A with Karen Viggers.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on March 7, 2019

Arianne recently interviewed award winning and internationally published author Karen Viggers about her most recent book, The Orchadist’s Daughter, which is featured in our Recommended Reads for March here https://taswriters.org/recommended-reads-march-3/  Karen’s books have been translated into French, Italian, Norwegian, Slovenian and Spanish. Her work has enjoyed great success in France, selling more than 800,000 copies to date. […]

Recommended Reads – March

Posted by Marion Stoneman on March 7, 2019

Australian Recent Release: The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell. “…This book is a joy – it’s a celebration of age instead of an apology for it, and a reminder that life is always an adventure if you let it be. I loved this uniquely endearing book” Kelly Rimmer, from the Hachette Australia webpage. […]

Up Close and Personal with Esther Campion.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on February 12, 2019

Arianne recently chatted with Esther Campion, author of Leaving Ocean Road, about her second novel, The House of Second Chances, and of course, everything to do with writing in between.   I asked Esther where her idea for The House of Second Chances came from. Esther says after completing her first novel, she didn’t feel […]

Recommended Reads – February

Posted by Marion Stoneman on February 5, 2019

Australian Recent Release: The House of Second Chances by Esther Campion. “Can a house heal heartache? From coastal Australia to the rugged beauty of Ireland, an enchanting novel of starting over, in the tradition of Maeve Binchy and Monica McInerney” – Hachette Australia. Ellen and Aiden O’Shea always loved staying at their grandmother’s cottage in Ireland during […]

Q&A with Angela Slatter.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on February 5, 2019

Angela Slatter is the award winning author of speculative fiction novels Vigil and Corpselight. She is also particularly adept with the short story. Her collections, The Bitterwood Bible and Sourdough and Other Stories have both received critical acclaim, with Sourdough being a finalist for a World Fantasy Award in 2011, and Bitterwood being a co-winner of this award for Best Collection […]

Recommended Reads – January.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on January 23, 2019

Australian Recent Release: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak. “Zusak is a writer of extraordinary empathy and he excels in his understanding of adolescent boys…in his portrayal of the gently traumatised Clay he has created a memorable character to savour… in Bridge of Clay, as earlier in The Book Thief, Zusak has succeeded in creating a story […]

Up Close and Personal with Markus Zusak

Posted by Marion Stoneman on December 5, 2018

Arianne was lucky enough to interview award winning author Markus Zusak about his new novel, Bridge of Clay, and chat about all things writing. Read on for the full conversation.     I’m always curious about where writers find inspiration for their novels. Markus says the idea for Bridge of Clay began quite a while ago, […]

Chook Raffle Press

Posted by Marion Stoneman on December 5, 2018

Arianne recently spoke to Robyn Ferrell about a fantastic new publishing initiative she is hoping to launch in the near future, The Chook Raffle Press, a national, government funded publisher. Read on to learn more about what sparked this idea, and what it could mean for publishing in Australia. Chook Raffle Press sounds like a […]

Q&A with Cary Lenehan

Posted by Marion Stoneman on November 28, 2018

Arianne recently chatted with Tasmanian fantasy author Cary Lenehan about his new book Clearing the Web, the third book in his Warriors of Vhast series, his writing process and what inspires him. Have you always wanted to be a writer? I suppose that I dreamt of it a long time ago when, at school, I […]

Recommended Reads – December

Posted by Marion Stoneman on November 21, 2018

Australian Recent Release: Inappropriation by Lexi Freiman. “A search for belonging in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs turns into a riotous satire of identity politics in this wildly irreverent coming-of-age story” – Allen and Unwin. In her first days at a prestigious Australian girls school, fifteen year old Ziggy is thrust into an alienating social hierarchy that pushes her […]

The Making of ‘Island Story.’

Posted by Marion Stoneman on October 31, 2018

Island Story, edited by Ralph Crane and Danielle Wood, is a beautiful book compiling items from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery with a selection of original writing. Arianne recently interviewed Danielle and Ralph about what inspired this unique book, and its journey from idea to publication.   What inspired you to embark on this project? Ralph […]

Q&A with Shirley Patton.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on March 12, 2018

First of all, I absolutely love your title! I’m a bit of a title snob and yours would definitely entice me to pick your book off the shelf. How long did it take to come up with this title? Fairly quickly, actually! And thank you for feeling it would entice you to pick it up. […]

Q&A with Carmel Bird.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on February 13, 2018

If you’re interested in writing a memoir and haven’t yet signed up to Carmel Bird’s fantastic upcoming workshop, have a read of this inspiring Q&A to wet your appetite. Or, even better, sign up before reading to secure your place!   I love the title of your workshop ‘Stuff that Happened’. It seems deceptively simple. […]

The Book Café on Bass Strait – An Indigenous Literacy initiative

Posted by Marion Stoneman on February 12, 2018

On Cape Barren Island there is a tiny primary school that sets up a Book Café every week where parents are encouraged to come and have a cup of tea and read to their children. There are only eight children enrolled in the Cape Barren Island School from Kindy to Grade eight, as well as […]

PEN Letter Writing Day.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on December 12, 2017

                  Beginning in 1921, PEN International was the first worldwide organisation of writers, and the first organisation to highlight that freedom of expression and literature could not be separated. They encourage organisations to facilitate gatherings where people can write letters and greeting cards to writers who have […]

Congratulations to the winners of the Premier’s Literary Prizes

Posted by Marion Stoneman on November 28, 2017

The TWC congratulates the winners of the 2017 Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes: Tasmania Book Prize: Into the Heart of Tasmania by Rebe Taylor Margaret Scott Prize: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose University of Tasmania Prize: Brodsky Dies by Adam Ouston Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship: Erin Hortle   See the full details at […]

The joys of Scrivener – Q&A with Alison Stuart.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on November 8, 2017

Award winning Historical Fiction author Alison Stuart will be holding a workshop on the 19th of November, giving detailed yet accessible instructions on how to navigate the world of Scrivener, the writing program that so many writers and professionals have fallen in love with. How long have you been using Scrivener? I think since about […]

Young Writers at IMAS – Suzi Claflin.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on November 8, 2017

This year, between October and December, Jessica Cockerill and Suzi Claflin have been provided a hot-desk and access to scientists, artifacts and research (within approved bounds) at the IMAS research institute so that they can create a piece of writing that will help expose IMAS work to the public. Check out these interviews to learn […]

Young Writers at IMAS – Jessica Cockerill.

Posted by Marion Stoneman on November 8, 2017

This year, between October and December, Jessica Cockerill and Suzi Claflin have been provided a hot-desk and access to scientists, artifacts and research (within approved bounds) at the IMAS research institute so that they can create a piece of writing that will help expose IMAS work to the public. Check out these interviews to learn […]

Get Outside Program: Maria Island Magic

Posted by Marion Stoneman on July 20, 2017

Blog Post Written by Gina Mercer  One Friday, a group of excited people scramble onto the ferry at Triabunna with bulging backpacks – they’re off to Maria Island for the weekend. Nothing so exceptional about that. But this is no ordinary group. Here are 14 young recent migrants and refugees from places as diverse as […]

Close and Personal: Kate Kelly

Posted by Marion Stoneman on June 14, 2017

Book cover Albert Has Two Homes Now

Kate Kelly and her son Albert Evans live together in a home under the mountain, in Hobart, Tasmania. Kate is a writer and visual artists and Albert loves to draw, ride his bike and eat marshmallows. Together they explored the emotions and understandings from Alberts perspective of his parents separation, and created a unique and […]

Tasmanian Writers Prize 2017: Winner Announced

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 8, 2017

Forty South Publishing is delighted to announce the winner and finalists for the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2017. Once again there were entries from all round Australia and New Zealand and the judges, Peter Grant, Margaret Johnson and Fiona Stocker, selected eleven stories for publication in the 2017 anthology. The winning story by Jennifer Porter will […]

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award Announced!

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 1, 2017

The team at the Tasmanian Writers Centre would like to offer their congratulations to this year’s winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award Marija Perečić for her stunning debut novel The Lost Pages. A richly reimagined story of the extraordinary literary rivalry between Max Brod and Franz Kafka, The Lost Pages is an inspired novel of friendship, […]

Young Writers in the City of Glenorchy announced

Posted by Marion Stoneman on April 6, 2017

Young Writers in the City of Glenorchy: Residents Announced It’s that time again. The Tasmanian Writers Centre has launched its 2017 Young Writers in the City residency program, connecting emerging writing talent with community spaces. The newest residency takes place in the Glenorchy City Council municipality, and six young writers will be paid $500 to […]

Remembering Brett Martin

Posted by Marion Stoneman on April 3, 2017

The team at the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre was shocked and hugely saddened to hear about the death of local writer and photographer Brett Martin last week. Brett was a former member of the TWC Board, including a spell as chair in 2008 and deputy chair in 2009. Before moving to Tasmanian and taking up a […]

TWC Guest Blog: Adelaide Writers Week

Posted by Marion Stoneman on March 27, 2017

Stephen Dando-Collins

Tasmanian writer Louise Dando-Collins recently attended Adelaide Writers Week, along with her husband and fellow writer Stephen Dando-Collins. Louise has been kind enough to write a reflection on the event for the TWC blog.   Attending Adelaide Writers Week, Australia’s largest writers festival, has long been an ambition, but attending the 2017 festival with my husband […]

From Where I Stood #6: Sydney Griffiths and Captain Stalker, by Jane Beeke

Posted by Marion Stoneman on March 19, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Jane Beeke spent her residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Museum, writing a continuous story inspired by the history she researched. This is the final entry in this series. You can learn more […]

From Where I Stood #5: John Griffiths, by Jane Beeke

Posted by Marion Stoneman on March 12, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Jane Beeke spent her residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Museum, writing a continuous story inspired by the history she researched. This is the fifth entry in this story, which we will roll […]

From Where I Stood #4: William Chapman, by Jane Beeke

Posted by Marion Stoneman on March 5, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Jane Beeke spent her residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Museum, writing a continuous story inspired by the history she researched. This is the fourth entry in this story, which we will roll […]

From Where I Stood #3: William Holyman, by Jane Beeke

Posted by Marion Stoneman on February 19, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Jane Beeke spent her residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Museum, writing a continuous story inspired by the history she researched. This is the third entry in this story, which we will roll […]

Mark Clemens, photographer, musician and writer 1961 – 2017

Posted by Marion Stoneman on February 8, 2017

All the TWC team were enormously saddened to hear about the recent death of local writer, musician and photographer Mark Clemens. Mark was a much loved and valued member of the state’s creative community. Mark’s funeral took place on Monday 6th February and we are honoured to share these beautiful words from Mark’s friend and fellow writer […]

From Where I Stood #2: Mary Ann Sayers, by Jane Beeke

Posted by Marion Stoneman on February 5, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Jane Beeke spent her residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Museum, writing a continuous story inspired by the history she researched. This is the second entry in this story, which we will roll […]

Tidal Festival readings by our Devonport Young Writers in the City

Posted by Marion Stoneman on January 27, 2017

Were you at the Tidal Festival in Devonport this month? If so, you might have caught our five talented Young Writers in the City in action as they read from their experimental essays in front of the festival audience. The readings took place in the Devonport Regional Gallery and our writers were joined by Cameron […]

The Piece of Small World by Kyle Perry, Devonport young writer

Posted by Marion Stoneman on January 23, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Kyle Perry spent his residency on the Spirit of Tasmania.   The Piece of Small World By Kyle Perry   This piece I have assembled on a back-to-back voyage on Spirit of […]

From Where I Stood #1: Harry Wood, by Jane Beeke

Posted by Marion Stoneman on January 22, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Jane Beeke spent her residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Museum, writing a continuous story inspired by the history she researched. This is the first entry in this story, which we will […]

Sonder, and the Lucid Dream by Skye Cusack, Devonport Young Writer

Posted by Marion Stoneman on January 20, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Skye Cusack’s experimental essay was inspired by the people she encountered in the Rooke St Mall.   Sonder, and the Lucid Dream By Skye Cusack   Preface I am going to be […]

A Writer in a Radio Station by Lauren Hay, Devonport Young Writer

Posted by Marion Stoneman on January 19, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Lauren Hay spent her residency writing from Sea FM and documents her experience in this essay. The SeaFM studio on the corner of Hillcrest Road and Don Road is home to Lee […]

Bigger on the Inside by Kate Elphinstone, Devonport Young Writer

Posted by Marion Stoneman on January 18, 2017

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Kate Elphinstone spent her residency at the Devonport Regional Gallery, and has crafted the following experimental essay based on her experiences.   Bigger on the Inside By Kate Elphinstone   I’m writing […]

Wildcare winner Harriet Riley’s essay Endlings

Posted by Marion Stoneman on January 13, 2017

Harriet Riley last year won our Wildcare Nature Writing Prize. Her prized essay Endlings has been published in Island 146. We invite you to read Harriet’s beautiful and moving story here, and purchase the magazine online to see it in print. Endlings By Harriet Riley In 1996 a correspondence published in Nature coined the term […]

Skye Cusack’s Christmas ventures in Rooke St Mall

Posted by Marion Stoneman on January 13, 2017

Skye Cusack, one of our 2017 Young Writers in the City residents, spent time around Christmas wandering through the Rooke St Mall to source inspiration for her experimental essay. Reaching 1500 words, or thereabouts, Skye decided to take some photos of what she saw. We can’t reveal her full story just yet, but having read a first […]

Jane Beeke explores Devonport’s maritime history in her residency

Posted by Marion Stoneman on January 11, 2017

Jane Beeke is one of our 2017 Young Writers in the City, and she is spending her residency exploring Devonport’s Bass Strait Maritime Centre. Here, you can see some photos of her residency journey and some excerpts from her blog, in which she is documenting her time and discoveries on this historical journey. Jane spent her […]

Devonport Young Writers in the City: Kyle Perry

Posted by Marion Stoneman on December 21, 2016

The Tasmanian Writers Centre has selected five emerging writers aged 16-30 as residents in the inaugural Devonport Young Writers in the City program. Kate Elphinstone, Skye Cusack, Jane Beeke, Lauren Hay, and Kyle Perry are immersing themselves in the northern coastal city of Devonport to craft experimental essays based on their summer experiences.  Kyle Perry, […]

The Myth of the Disappearing Book

Posted by Marion Stoneman on December 20, 2016

By Simone Natale, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University; and Andrea Ballatore, Lecturer, Birbeck, University of London. First published in The Conversation.   After years of sales growth, major publishers reported a fall in their e-book sales for the first time this year, introducing new doubts about the potential of e-books in the […]

Reading to your child: the difference it makes

Posted by Marion Stoneman on December 16, 2016

By Peggy Albers, Professor of Language and Literacy Education, Georgia State University. First published in The Conversation.   If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond. So what happens to […]

Photoblog: TWC Christmas Gathering

Posted by Marion Stoneman on December 15, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Christmas Gathering at Hadley’s Hotel in Hobart earlier this week. It was great to see so many people there – some familiar faces but also some members who are new to the centre – and what a treat to have readings from so many of Tasmania’s best […]

PEN: Letters to Writers in Prison

Posted by Marion Stoneman on December 15, 2016

Tasmanian writer and TWC mentor Terry Whitebeach recently attended the PEN AGM in Melbourne, and kindly agreed to write an account of the experience for the TWC Blog.   On 29th November I flew to Melbourne to attend PEN’s AGM and participate in their annual writing of greeting cards to writers imprisoned for their writings and broadcasts. […]

2016 Tasmanian Writers’ Achievements

Posted by Marion Stoneman on December 14, 2016

Congratulations!  It’s been an enormous year for writers in Tasmania, with countless awards, book launches, grants and residencies right across the board. Join us as we show respect to the literary successes from 2016 so far, from activities through the centre and beyond.  Tasmanian Writers Centre program successes:   Erica Bell Mentorship recipients  Tania Walker […]

Erin Hortle: Stoking Fire, Wandering Stone

Posted by Marion Stoneman on November 11, 2016

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre launched its inaugural Hot Desk residency program this year, inviting writers aged 18-30 to embark on individual projects in our Salamanca Arts Centre studio space. Our resident Erin Hortle is part-way through a creative writing PhD at the University of Tasmania. An ongoing concern of her academic and freelance writing is […]

Part 2: Vivienne Cutbush Experiences the Hot Desk

Posted by Marion Stoneman on November 9, 2016

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre launched its inaugural Hot Desk residency program this year, inviting writers aged 18-30 to embark on individual projects in our Salamanca Arts Centre studio space. Our successful writer Vivienne Cutbush is an emerging writer and artist. She works across comic-style, graphic storytelling, and creative non-fiction. Vivienne has been published in Overland and works […]

Part 1: Vivienne Cutbush Experiences the Hot Desk

Posted by Marion Stoneman on November 9, 2016

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre launched its inaugural Hot Desk residency program this year, inviting writers aged 18-30 to embark on individual projects in our Salamanca Arts Centre studio space. Our successful writer Vivienne Cutbush is an emerging writer and artist. She works across comic-style, graphic storytelling, and creative non-fiction. Vivienne has been published in Overland and works […]

Recipients Announced: Erica Bell Mentorship Program

Posted by Marion Stoneman on September 29, 2016

Erica Bell Mentorship Program awarded to four Tasmanian writers   “Writing is a long and lonely road, so when I saw the Erica Bell Mentorship Program advertised, I saw the opportunity to approach my rewrites with a guide. I’m really looking forward to drawing on the wisdom of someone who’s been through it all before” – […]

YaYa Mackeddie: Life Lessons from City Park

Posted by Marion Stoneman on September 20, 2016

Welcome to our Young Writer in the City stories! The works in this series were written by young writers who sourced inspiration from Launceston’s prominent sites and buildings during their 2016 residency.   About YaYa Mackeddie, 2016 Young Writer in the City I’m a typical teenager with way too many books to read and not […]

Tessa Wynne: Winter in the Museum

Posted by Marion Stoneman on September 20, 2016

Welcome to our Young Writer in the City stories! The works in this series were written by young writers who sourced inspiration from Launceston’s prominent sites and buildings during their 2016 residency.   About Tessa Wynne, 2016 Young Writer in the City I am a 23-year-old student, feminist, artist, writer, mum and recent discoverer of […]

Jasper Godden: NightLife

Posted by Marion Stoneman on September 20, 2016

Welcome to our Young Writer in the City stories! The works in this series were written by young writers who sourced inspiration from Launceston’s prominent sites and buildings during their 2016 residency.   About Jasper Godden, 2016 Young Writer in the City Jasper is the sort of person who comes up with his best ideas […]

Grace Kenyon: And by the Water I have been Humbled

Posted by Marion Stoneman on September 20, 2016

Welcome to our Young Writer in the City stories! The works in this series were written by young writers who sourced inspiration from Launceston’s prominent sites and buildings during their 2016 residency.   About Grace Kenyon, 2016 Young Writer in the City I am 17 years old, in year 11 at Launceston College. I am […]

Eloise Hart: An Old Man’s Brush with Time

Posted by Marion Stoneman on September 20, 2016

Welcome to our Young Writer in the City stories! The works in this series were written by young writers who sourced inspiration from Launceston’s prominent sites and buildings during their 2016 residency.   About Eloise Hart, 2016 Young Writer in the City My name is Eloise Hart. I am 24 years old and I grew […]

Claudia Locatelli: Lost and Found

Posted by Marion Stoneman on September 20, 2016

Welcome to our Young Writer in the City stories! The works in this series were written by young writers who sourced inspiration from Launceston’s prominent sites and buildings during their 2016 residency.   About Claudia Locatelli, 2016 Young Writer in the City I am 21 years old and have lived in Launceston all my life. […]

Hidden Stories: Photoblog 2

Posted by Marion Stoneman on September 13, 2016

By Ruth Dawkins   Last Sunday saw the second of our two Hidden Stories events take place at Moonah Arts Centre. As with the first event, which took place on Indigenous Literacy Day, we had a fantastic line-up of Indigenous writers, animators, musicians and academics, and we were thrilled to have another engaged and excited audience. […]

Young Writers in the City present at Junction

Posted by Marion Stoneman on September 13, 2016

Photos by Claire McCarthy   In the past few months, we’ve teamed up with the City of Launceston to support writers aged 16-25 as part of our residency program. These Young Writers in the City  explored their surrounds for inspiration, from the QVMAG to Civic Square. Venturing into some of Launceston’s iconic spaces, the writers-in-residence were […]

Photoblog: Hidden Stories

Posted by Marion Stoneman on September 8, 2016

  By Stephanie Eslake and Ruth Dawkins   You may have noticed our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages in full swing last night! We wanted to share our Hidden Stories with you in light of Indigenous Literacy Day. The event packed out the Moonah Arts Centre with Tasmania’s Indigenous leaders and an engaged and inspired audience. We were […]

**Winners Announced**: Young Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2016

Posted by Marion Stoneman on August 31, 2016

By Lucinda Sharp   Forty South Publishing and the Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English (TATE) are proud to announce the winners of the Young Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2016 as judged by Cameron Hindrum (Senior Section), Penny Lane (Junior Section – preliminary judge) and Dr Anne Morgan (Junior Section – final judge). The winner of each section […]

Hidden Stories: Introducing the Speakers

Posted by Marion Stoneman on August 29, 2016

To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day 2016, which takes place on 7th September, we have been working with the Tasmanian branch of Children’s Book Council of Australia to run two days of events at Moonah Arts Centre titled Hidden Stories. Some of the most respected Aboriginal writers and speakers from Tasmania and beyond have agreed to participate in […]

**Winner Revealed** Wildcare Nature Writing Prize

Posted by Marion Stoneman on August 28, 2016

The Tasmanian Writers Centre, Wildcare Inc and Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service are delighted to announce the winner of the Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize 2016. Harriet Riley from New York receives first place with her essay Endlings: On Love and Extinction. The writer and climate specialist will be awarded $5000 and have her story published […]

Celebrating Children’s Book Week 2016

Posted by Marion Stoneman on August 18, 2016

  Each year, across Australia, The Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together to celebrate Children’s Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children hold events and activities to celebrate Australian Children’s Literature. This year’s Book Week runs from August 20th-26th and we thought it would be nice to […]

Hot Desk: Fiction from Gemma Krambousanos

Posted by Marion Stoneman on August 17, 2016

AUTUMN // 1834 // The Province of Salamanca (The Cottage Green) The leaves were blood red, falling from the sky and scraping along the ground. A dangerous chill settled around the Province of Salamanca and the clouds rolled over full of the promise of rain. There was a buzz around the port as citizens curled […]

Hot Desk: Poetry from Michael Stratford Hutch #3

Posted by Marion Stoneman on August 17, 2016

iv: aftertaste; burnt coffee   I spent eternities in that café waiting   asking the room to take its place at the foot of my table kick off its shoes and start talking telling me                                      everything   […]

Hot Desk: Poetry from Michael Stratford Hutch #2

Posted by Marion Stoneman on August 17, 2016

ii: for example   during the convergence the resident’s real success was their invention of the forced poem   a poem with no substance no tangy flesh or love or beauty no forethought architecture or structure no driving force lightning arc great fire of creation no kindling spark or seed simply   obligation default position […]

Hot Desk: Poetry from Michael Stratford Hutch #1

Posted by Marion Stoneman on August 17, 2016

i: manifesto of the forced poems   forced poem, noun: an anti-poem non-being inexistence   e.g. pressing        exhausted fruit;   wringing a dry cloth with expectation of a pouringout;   forcing   the contents   from a void Michael Stratford Hutch completed this poem as part of the Tasmanian Writers Centre Hot […]

Photoblog: Eloise Hart, Young Writer in the City

Posted by Marion Stoneman on August 11, 2016

Eloise Hart has spent the past week exploring spaces in the City of Launceston. The writer (and talented photographer) is part of our Young Writers in the City program, in which a small group of emerging writers aged 16-25 take up a residency in one of Launceston’s prominent sites. The writers will each craft an experimental […]

Sudan terror risk brings Madi project to a standstill

Posted by Marion Stoneman on July 26, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   One morning while living in a Sudan boarding school, Sarafino Enadio woke to the sounds of gunfire and soldiers marching. He wasn’t able to contact his family when he fled into the bush to avoid being captured – or worse. He eventually escaped on foot through the border of South Sudan, […]

Kids Weaving Stories: Photoblog

Posted by Marion Stoneman on July 12, 2016

More than 100 Tassie kids have embarked on magical journeys of their own making during these school holidays. Weaving stories of places near and far, budding young writers up to 17 years old are having a ball at the free Children’s Creative Writing Workshops. Our finest children’s authors are travelling to LINCs right across the state. It’s been a […]

Good News: July 2016

Posted by Marion Stoneman on July 5, 2016

Mark Clemens has released his latest book The Field of Dreams: Walking in Tasmania’s First National Park. The official launch will take place at the State Cinema next month. The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2016 once again had entries from across Australia and New Zealand. Craig Cormick‘s winning story appeared in the June edition of Tasmania 40° South magazine and all finalists’ stories will be […]

Good News: June 2016

Posted by Marion Stoneman on July 5, 2016

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is excited to announce the successful applicants of the inaugural Hot Desk Residency program. This year’s residents are University of Tasmania students Erin Hortle and Gemma Krambousanos, local poet Michael Stratford Hutch, and Sydney writer Vivienne Cutbush who will make the move to Hobart later this year. Click here to learn about their interests and how they’ll spend their […]

Good news: May 2016

Posted by Marion Stoneman on July 5, 2016

Congratulations to Katherine Brabon on winning the Australian/Vogel Literary Award for her novel The Memory Artist. You can read an excerpt of the novel online for free here. Writer and invasive species management specialist Nicole Gill has been granted a six-week residency at Lake St Clair enabling her to focus on two projects – a children’s book relating specifically to the location […]

Ellie Foster: ‘Play Is’

Posted by Marion Stoneman on June 14, 2016

This story was published in the Commissioner for Children Young Creative Writers Awards: Winning Entries 2015 book. Ellie Foster received a Merit Certificate in the 9-11 age category. Entries for the 2016 awards are now open.  Play is being at the pontoon in summer… Bubbles pop next to my head. I can see the warm rays of […]

Ruby Wood: ‘Play’

Posted by Marion Stoneman on June 14, 2016

This story was published in the Commissioner for Children Young Creative Writers Awards: Winning Entries 2015 book. Ruby Wood received a Merit Certificate in the 12-14 age category. Entries for the 2016 awards are now open. Birds are singing softly. Not real birds of course; those were all destroyed years ago. No, these are simple robots, programmed […]

Kate Gallen: ‘Messy Fun’

Posted by Marion Stoneman on June 14, 2016

This story was published in the Commissioner for Children Young Creative Writers Awards: Winning Entries 2015 book. Kate Gallen received a Merit Certificate in the 9-11 age category. Entries for the 2016 awards are now open. Click here to learn about our free Children’s Creative Writing Workshops on statewide these holidays.   Brown and squelchy Under […]

Freya Cox: ‘Forgotten Children’

Posted by Marion Stoneman on June 14, 2016

This story was published in the Commissioner for Children Young Creative Writers Awards: Winning Entries 2015 book. Freya Cox was an Overall Winner. Entries for the 2016 awards are now open.     they give us pencils to draw with feeling pleased at their generosity they do not wait to see the pictures that appear childish […]

Important Industry Insights: June

Posted by Marion Stoneman on June 10, 2016

  Parallel importation  “You may have heard about how books will now be cheaper for consumers – and although this is disputed, it sounds like a good thing. But what does this really mean and what would we lose in exchange?” – Susan Hawthorn writes in The Guardian about the damaging impact of parallel importation on our book […]

Honouring National Reconciliation Week

Posted by Marion Stoneman on June 1, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   About a century ago, David Unaipon became the first Indigenous author to be published in Australia. He paved the way for many of the incredible stories that have since been shared throughout our culture (some of which can be explored through this Reading Australia list that follows the theme: ‘Our History, […]

Twitch Tuesdays: an evening with Ben Walter

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 31, 2016

By Arianne James   The first Twitch Tuesday of the year was held on April 19, and began by discussing the world of publishing with Ben Walter. An experienced and prolific writer, Ben gave the room an insight into the Australian publishing industry, noting some valuable tips and tricks to increase the chances of young […]

Sharing your opinion with Van Badham

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 31, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   Have you ever felt moved by an issue and wanted to share your opinion with hundreds, even thousands of readers? Van Badham has. The columnist shares her views on social, political, and environmental issues through Guardian Australia and is heading to Tasmania this month to show us how it’s done in […]

The complexities of character with Lauren Daniels

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 17, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake   According to published writer and editor Lauren Daniels, a powerful character can reflect “the deepest themes of humanity”. Whether you’re writing creative non-fiction or mapping out a novel, it’s important to consider the psychology behind your leading star. Lauren will visit Hobart to show us how for her June 18 workshop […]

Interns join the centre’s team

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 12, 2016

Congratulations to Zoe Cooney, Arianne James and Sheridan Legg! We are thrilled to have three excited interns joining our busy team. They will each work  a day per week in our office situated on the first floor of the historic Salamanca Arts Centre. They will work closely with centre staff and undertake research, proofing, assistance with strategic partnerships […]

Crowdfunding: the hows and whys

Posted by Marion Stoneman on April 27, 2016

By Stephanie Eslake, image by Leigh Rigozzi   You have the greatest idea for your writing project. You’re keen to launch an e-book, invest time in research and development, or collaborate with others to host your literary event. But how will you source the funds to make it happen? Crowdfunding is an effective way to help […]

Jon Doust’s ‘peak tweaks’ and other truths

Posted by Marion Stoneman on April 20, 2016

By Leigh Rigozzi and Stephanie Eslake   Ever wanted to write about your life, but worry what your friends or family will think when they appear in your revealing tales? Jon Doust is no stranger to the feeling. It didn’t stop the writer-comedian from producing two novels inspired by personal stories, and he has two […]

Elizabeth Gilbert event photos

Posted by Marion Stoneman on March 3, 2016

On 18 February, TWC was proud to present a discussion between authors Elizabeth Gilbert and Heather Rose at the Theatre Royal. You can see a video of the event here. Here are some photos from Elizabeth’s visit, courtesy of Kate Harrison.

Sign up to our FREE monthly events bulletin!

Posted by Marion Stoneman on March 2, 2016

Subscribe to our free monthly events bulletin – This Writing Month. Subscribe using the form below and you’ll be kept abreast of just about everything related to books and writing in Tasmania – book launches, writing workshops, literary festivals, author and book discussions, and much, much more. If you would like to receive our members-only newsletter Writas, […]

Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize 2016

Posted by Marion Stoneman on February 24, 2016

The Wildcare Nature Writing Prize 2016 is now open for entries from writers anywhere in the world. The competition is open to both fiction and non-fiction. Entries must be between 2,000, and 4,000 words and will be accepted until Sunday 29 May. The winning entrant will receive $5,000, their story will be published in Island […]

End of Year Wrap-up

Posted by Marion Stoneman on December 6, 2015

It’s been another busy year at the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre – full of festivals, workshops, competitions, gatherings, masterclasses and mentorships. Throughout the year we’ve been bringing writers in from overseas and interstate to connect with and inspire the literary community in Hobart: Anita Heiss came down to teach a course on memoir writing, Omar Musa on […]

Mark Dapin

Posted by Cassandra Wunsch on November 26, 2015

Mark Dapin doesn’t waste a second. One page into his debut novel King of the Cross and I’m thrown into an uncomfortable interview with a multi-million dollar gangster. His writing packs a potent punch. Abrupt and energetic, Dapin crafts scenes that bounce out from the pages. It is clear that Dapin writes for the reader; […]

Rhonda Jankovic Literary Awards

Posted by Marion Stoneman on November 3, 2015

Theme: Social Justice Sections: (1) Poetry (2) Short Story First Prize for each section: A$600.00 and a Radio 3CR Vintage Sound-bite Cartridge Trophy Second Place and Third Place Certificates awarded for each section Highly Commended and/or Commended Certificates awarded at Judges’ discretion. Submissions close: 25th November 2015 Award Winners announced: March 2016 Rhonda Jankovic Literary […]

ADELAIDE PLAINS POETS POETRY COMPETITION

Posted by Marion Stoneman on November 2, 2015

‘TRANSITIONS’ 1st, 2nd & 3rd cash prizes, plus Highly Commended & Commended certificates as awarded by judge. Total prize pool over $700 ENTRY GUIDELINES Work entered in this competition must be original, in English, unpublished and not have won a prize in any other competition. Authors retain copyright. Theme ‘Transitions’ Poems entered must in some […]

Expressions of interest for TWITCH Coordinator 2016

Posted by Marion Stoneman on November 2, 2015

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is seeking expressions of interest for the role of Twitch Coordinator, commencing January, 2016. Twitch is the young writers arm of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre. It aims to support young writers (12-35 year-old) in the state by facilitating events, promoting opportunities, celebrating achievements and in doing so, helping to grow our […]

An Inkpot of Fate

Posted by Cassandra Wunsch on September 13, 2015

Chris Downes is an American, but it’s hard to hold it against him.

TasWriters Library

Posted by Marion Stoneman on August 31, 2015

One of the perks of membership with the TasWriters is access to our free lending library. With an array of Tasmanian books and a variety of writing professional development guides, it’s worth a look. Browse our selection here via Library Thing.

Make a Submission to Arts Cuts Inquiry

Posted by Marion Stoneman on July 13, 2015

Here at the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, we were dismayed by the Federal Government’s announcement it would cut $104.8 million from The Australia Council. These cuts will have huge impacts on writer organisations like TWC. A Senate Inquiry has been called to investigate the issue. Everyone is welcome to make a submission to the Inquiry – […]

The literary mafia

Posted by Marion Stoneman on June 22, 2015

New writing competition launched in honour of Tasmanian short story pioneer

Posted by Marion Stoneman on June 16, 2015

A new short story competition has been launched in honour of eminent and accomplished Tasmanian short story writer Geoff Dean. The Geoff Dean Short Story Competition will run biennially and is open to all Australian writers for outstanding short fiction between 3000-10,000 words. Geoff Dean, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 83, […]

Tasmanian Writer wins Children’s Book Prize

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 26, 2015

Congratulations to Tasmanian writer, Julie Hunt, the winner of the first ever Readings Children’s Book Prize with her fantasy adventure Song For A Scarlet Runner. Julie receives prize money of $4,000 and will be appearing at an event in July. In the meantime, she answers questions about her book, which the Readings’ judges loved unanimously. […]

Vale Liam Davison

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 26, 2015

A great loss to the literary community. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of award-winning author Liam Davison and his wife Frankie, as well as everyone else affected by last week’s MH17 tragedy. Liam was a writer, mentor and workshop facilitator, and had a long-term association with Writers Victoria. Two of Liam’s books, […]

AIR 2015 application close on Friday 8 August

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 26, 2015

As a professional development opportunity the AIR program provides pathways for artists to connect their practice to young people and to inspire or introduce students and teachers to new ideas and approaches. Up to seven $9,000 residencies are available for professional Tasmanian artists in any artform. The 30 day residencies are located in selected colleges […]

Richard…the longlist for the Man Booker Prize!

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 26, 2015

Richard Flanagan is the only Australian writer on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize, which has this year been opened up to writers of any nationality. Flanagan, who was strongly tipped to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award last month, was included for his acclaimed novel about prisoners of war on the Burma Railway, […]

Pillow Talk – Top Five

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 26, 2015

Thanks to all the 58 poets across the state who provided the 72 entries for Pillow Talk. These are the top five chosen by our three judges: When I Met You by Claire Jansen I liked it when you put your arm around my waist I liked it when you held me I liked not […]

Alison Alexander wins National Biography Award

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 25, 2015

Congratulations to Tasmanian historian and author, Alison Alexander for winning the National Biography Award for The Ambitions of Jane Franklin. For more information about this and other publications, click here. Photo courtesy of THRA (Tasmanian Historical Research Association).

Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize is Open for Entries

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 25, 2015

Now in its 19th year, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize remembers Tasmania’s most acclaimed poet. Proudly sponsored by The Hobart Bookshop and Island. First Prize: $2000 + publication in Island + annual subscriptions to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly and The Lifted Brow* Second Prize: Publication in Island + annual […]

Richard Flanagan Shortlisted for the Man Booker

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 25, 2015

Congratulations to Tasmanian writer, Richard Flanagan, whose novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious literary prizes! The winner of the prize will be announced on 14 October. Good luck Richard! See more about the book at the Random House website […]

Announcing the Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 25, 2015

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is very proud to be associated with this new award, offering $10,000 for an unpublished manuscript by a Tasmanian writer, in memory of Dr Erica Bell.  Such was the impact the late Dr Erica Bell had on Tasmania’s medical and literary world, her husband has established a Foundation in her name […]

Children’s books flying off the shelves!

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 25, 2015

When I was a Boy in Sudan and When I was a Girl in Sudan, published by the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, are literally flying off the shelves!  Widely available in good bookshops around Australia and also via the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre website, these beautifully illustrated stories of traditional Madi life appeal to children and adults alike […]

Vale Thomas Connelley

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 25, 2015

We are saddened and shocked by the news of the passing of Thomas Connelly. Tom has done a huge amount to support writing and writers in Tasmania, running a bookstore, where he hosted writing events, and recently organising the Silver Words spoken word events. Tom also put pen to paper, writing (and performing) his own […]

Congratulations Richard…so well deserved!

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 25, 2015

Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan became the fourth Australian to win the much-coveted Man Booker prize for 2014. After Richard’s book, The Narrow Road to the Deep North made it to the short list of the Booker, all Tasmanian writers, and indeed all Tasmanians, must surely have been holding their collective breath waiting to hear if […]

Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2015

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 25, 2015

It’s time to get creative. The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize, run by the Forty South Publishing – the guys who publish the marvellous Tasmania 40° South magazine, is looking for short stories up to 3000 words with an island, or island-resonant, theme. Judges for the 2015 prize are Chris Gallagher, director of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, […]

Judges wowed by Tassie writing talent in inaugural Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 25, 2015

Poring over manuscript after manuscript was a tough but eye-opening job for judges nutting out who would win the new Tasmanian manuscript prize – the inaugural Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award for $10,000 for an unpublished novel. The judging process, overseen by the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre and led by established authors Rohan Wilson and Lian […]

Sons and mothers

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 19, 2015

Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan inspires home state with award-winning streak and passion for indigenous literacy

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 19, 2015

Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan has become a living literary legend in his home state – jointly winning the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for fiction for his tremendous tale of the Burma Death Railway in The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Flanagan has won the award alongside Victorian Steven Carroll for his title A World […]

2014 Archive

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 19, 2015

December 2014 Are you in the know? Stay in touch with our FREE monthly events bulletin! Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan inspires home state with award-winning streak and passion for indigenous literacy Judges wowed by Tassie writing talent in inaugural Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award   November 2014 Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2015   October 2014 Congratulations […]

What a year! Tasmanian authors and writers experience most successful and applauded year in history

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 19, 2015

With more than 130 book launches and dozens of literary award wins, Tasmanian authors have plenty of reason to celebrate an unprecedented level of success in 2014. Book stores in Tasmania averaged three to four launches statewide each week, while the cream of Tasmania’s writing community were shortlisted, won and were awarded many prestigious awards […]

Prince Edward Island Residency

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 19, 2015

The Tasmanian Writers' Centre is seeking applications from writers from Hobart to live and write in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) this September.

Get cosy with a Tasmanian author this Valentine’s Day

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 19, 2015

It doesn’t matter whether you’re loved-up with your soulmate firmly in tow, or you’re a lonely heart looking for “the one”, you’re sure to enjoy getting friendly with one of Tasmania’s premier romance authors come this February 14. Tasmanian Writers’ Centre director Chris Gallagher said romance writing seemed to blossom naturally in Tasmania, with home-grown […]

Get that novel written in new year-long course

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 19, 2015

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce A Novel Journey – nine sessions over the course of 2015 designed to guide both budding and experienced writers alike through the journey of penning their very own masterpieces. A Novel Journey will be held in Hobart, starting March 29 respectively. The sessions will be held on weekend […]

Don’t miss this chance! Omar Musa to inspire audiences in Hobart

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 19, 2015

In a rare event for Hobart, renowned spoken word and hip-hop poet Omar Musa will be delivering a skills-based workshop followed by a raw, edgy performance and open mic night on Saturday, March 28. The workshop and performance is presented by the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre in partnership with the Tasmanian Poetry Festival, and will be […]

Tasmanian Writers’ Centre and Hachette Mentoring Program

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 19, 2015

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is excited to announce the Hachette Mentoring Program, which offers a professional mentorship opportunity for one Tasmanian writer a year to work with Sophie Hamley, Publisher with Hachette Australia and former President of the Australian Literary Agents’ Association. Applications will open Monday June 1 and close 5pm, Friday June 26. You […]

PEN Lecture – An Evening with Graphic Artists Pat Armstrong and Nicki Greenberg

Posted by Marion Stoneman on May 19, 2015

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is hosting an evening with award-winning graphic novelist Nicki Greenberg and political commentary comic designer Pat Armstrong, in partnership with Her Majesty’s Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival 2015. Pat Armstrong In early 2014, millionaire Graeme Wood pulled the funding to his experiment in Australian web-journalism, the Global Mail. The final piece […]

Title of another great workshop

Posted by Cassandra Wunsch on April 20, 2015