Facilitated by the Parks and Wildlife Service this is a unique opportunity for visiting writers to connect with the remarkable beauty of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This landscape has been an ongoing source of inspiration for writers and is intrinsically linked to the identity of the state’s creative community. We are privileged to be joined on this day by Tasmanian Aboriginal singer songwriter Dewayne Everett Smith and writer Peter Grant.
Dewayne’s beautiful voice has been described as having the soul of Marvin Gaye and the sunny beauty of Johnny Nash. Dewayne has supported Gurrumul Yunupingu’s national and European tours and has performed with Paul Kelly, Archie Roach and the Black Arm Band. Through song and language Dewayne will deepen your understanding of Aboriginal connection to place.
Peter Grant is a writer who co-founded the Wildcare Tasmania International Nature Writing Prize – the world’s first literary award for unpublished nature writing. A passionate Tasmanian-by-choice, he lives in the shadow of kunanyi/Mt Wellington and will be sharing his poetry at the source of their inspiration.
The Tasmanian Writers Centre thanks Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service for their support and partnership for this project.
In recognition of Indigenous Literacy Day 2016, the Tasmanian Writers Centre collaborated with the Children’s Book Council of Australia to present two days of events at the Moonah Arts Centre. An evening event took place on Wed 7 September from 6pm – 8.30pm with the theme of “Broadening the Conversation.” This was followed by a full afternoon of events on Sun 11 September from 1pm – 5pm focusing on the theme “Celebrating the Stories.” Some of the most respected Aboriginal writers and artists from Tasmania and beyond participated in an exciting program that included storytelling, dance, song, discussion, and film.
Following the success of the inaugural Hidden Stories event, the Tasmanian Writers Centre wishes to continue the recognition and respect for Tasmanian Aboriginal People as a foundation for reconciliation. Hidden Stories is a program that promotes the collaboration between cultures to bring the audience some of the stories that have been hidden for too long as well as the opportunity to bring out new stories that have the potential to nurture and heal all of our communities.