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THE TASMANIAN WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL is thrilled to announce author, philosopher and humanist AC Grayling as the special international guest to open the Festival at the Theatre Royal in September.

Director of the biennial festival, Chris Gallagher said to have a speaker such as AC Grayling open our festival is very timely considering the state of the world at present. Grayling is a vocal critic of Brexit and Donald Trump.

“Grayling’s latest book Democracy and its Crisis reflects on contemporary international issues and the struggle for a free world. AC sets the tone for the festival themes, urging us to engage with other worlds,” Gallagher said.

“The opening evening will be part-oration, part-conversation and part-audience exchange with this extraordinary philosopher and humanist.“

“Grayling will be joined by award-winning Tasmanian author, Heather Rose and Distinguished UTAS Professor Jeff Malpas to open the festival and begin to explore the festival themes, Other Worlds in Words,” she said

The TASMANIAN WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL also provides a professional development program of master classes and this year writers will have access to some of Australia’s best writers, all experts in their fields.

Master classes are being offered in Short Fiction, Getting Published, Social Advocacy, Creative Nonfiction, Travel Writing and Freelancing over three days.

Internationally acclaimed writer Bradley Trevor Grieve AM, headlines the program with his internationally best-selling reputation and hot tips for getting published.

Remarkable traveller and adventurer, Tim Cope, gives his pointers on what to include in translating your journey to the page.

Long-term social justice advocator, Arnold Zable will lead you through the pitfalls of ensuring your heartfelt issues have a hearing

Science journalist and fiction writer Ashley Hay is all set to give you the tips for the rules while dabbling in the worlds of fiction.

THE TASMANIAN WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL is on from 14-17 September and is based primarily at Hadley’s Orient Hotel. Tickets for the opening night address: Theatre Royal box office and website and the TASMANIAN WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL www.taswrf.org. Tickets for all master classes available TASMANIAN WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL www.taswrf.org.

Festival Director Chris Gallagher will be joined by philosopher and Distinguished Professor at UTAS, Jeff Malpas for interviews and picture opportunities today at Hadley’s Orient Hotel. 2pm Friday 27 July.

For more information contact Adrian Smith on 0417 529 826 or marketing@taswriters.org