AWARD-WINNING authors will be among more than 70 guests at the Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words next year.
Names dropped at the festival's official launch yesterday included Nikki Gemmell, Maggie Beer, Daniel Wood, Dr Philip Nitschke, Steve Bisley and Rohan Wilson.
From March 14 to 16, Beaconsfield and the Tamar Valley will be pulsating with literary lunches, book launches, workshops and more across all genres.
Festival co-founders Stephen and Louise Dando-Collins also announced that the March festival would be the home of the Richard Carleton address; a tribute to the veteran TV journalist who died on assignment while covering the Beaconsfield mine disaster in 2006.
Stephen Dando-Collins, Beaconsfield resident and internationally acclaimed author, said he and the festival board had been overwhelmed by the support the event had been given by the community, the West Tamar Council and the state government.
"The authors we have contacted have said they'd love to come to Tasmania and to the Tamar Valley," Dando- Collins said.
"I think people will be surprised by the authors we will have attending."
Dando-Collins said about 90 per cent of the authors appearing had been announced but "we're keeping a few up our sleeve".
In launching the event, Premier Lara Giddings said she believed the festival would grow into an important event for the state.
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Just some of the authors who will be attending the Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words:
Carrie Tiffany, Romy Ash, Hannah Kent, Maggie Beer, Max Allen, Rohan Wilson, Nikki Gemmell, Nick Earls, Katherine Scholes, Rachel Treasure, Andy Griffiths, Wendy Harmer, Lian Tanner, Angelica Banks, Rachel Ward, Steve Bisley, Sally Dingo, Philip Nitschke, Rodney Croome and Danielle Wood.