The theme of this year’s Tamar Valley Writer’s Festival is Tasmania on the Global Page, and they’ve certainly delivered.
Speakers range from emerging local writers to internationally acclaimed authors, with plenty of masterclasses and quirky events thrown in.
Launceston-born ABC Landline journalist Pip Courtney will be the key speaker at a brunch on Sunday, Sharing yarns over breakfast, from 9am to 10.30am, where she will bring her insight and powerful storytelling abilities to discussing the mainland drought.
The more musically-inclined will be pleased with a masterclass held by ARIA-award winning singer-songwriter Monique Brumby, on the themes of youth, mortality, and the power of music. Called Mortal coil levitation, the class will take place at TasTAFE Drysdale Campus, Friday 1.30pm – 4pm, $65 adults, $45 students.
Stories and Stars at Sunset will be an informal barbecue and a chance to swap stories with other literary-minded people, Saturday 6pm til late, $45.
Film is also getting it’s time at the spotlight for the festival with Change from the ground up, a screening of short films generated by young women on the North-West Coast. Star Theatre, Friday 11am, $25 adults, $17 students.
Local talent will be on show with the 40 South Short Story Competition winners presentation and anthology book launch, a collection of 3000 words stories on the theme of island. Saturday 5pm, free.
Festival director Mary Machen said the festival was for avid readers as well as writers, and pointed to the free program for students on Friday along with the weekend’s ticketed events.
“It’s a significant literary event on a national scale,” she said.