The Tasmanian Writers & Readers Festival, run biennially by the Tasmanian Writers Centre, unites writers and readers from across the state and Australia through masterclasses, discussion forums, spoken word events, children’s programs and more. The festival occupies various spaces throughout the historic Hadley’s Orient Hotel and encourages all members of the community to engage with their fellow readers and writers through the power of storytelling.
The Tasmanian Writers Centre was incorporated in 1998 and grew out of an already strong literary community which realised the benefits a professional organisation could offer writers and readers in the state.
Throughout its 19-year history, the Centre has been housed in the Salamanca Arts Centre on Hobart’s waterfront.
Workshops and seminars, employment opportunities, manuscript assessment services, readings and events have enabled the centre to attract a membership of about 420 state-wide and a list of about 2500 subscribers. The Centre also offers writing resources in the library space, which members of the Tasmanian literary community can hire to host their events.
The Centre has a strong presence in the national context, with Centre Director, Chris Gallagher, in contact with Directors from other state Writers’ Centres, and a joint touring program, assisting the Tasmanian Writers Centre to bring Tasmanian writers before audiences in other states, as well as bring interstate writers to Tasmania to present workshops and masterclasses.
For further details and other Tasmanian Writers Centre events, visit the website at www.taswriters.org