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The 2008 Tasmanian Poetry Festival

October 3 - October 5 




Featuring Ken Bolton, Cath Kenneally, David Stavanger, Nightwriting, Wire MC, Kristen Lang, Janet Galbraith, Ghostboy, Scribesisterspeaking, Nathan Shepherdson, Helen Avery, Ross Clark.

This year’s program includes a new event: The Poet’s Breakfast, featuring readings by three touring poets from Queensland over breakfast at one of Launceston’s premier cafes
Details tpf_inc@yahoo.com.au or Phone Cameron Hindrum on 0437 762 707




Thursday October 2  

7.30 pm    **FREE  EVENT**
Re(a)d: Performed by Festival Guest Janet Galbraith
Queechy High School Theatre Space, Penquite Road, Norwood

Friday October 3

5.30 pm Join Festival Guest Poets for drinks at Mud Bar, Launceston Seaport
6.30 pm WORDS ON WATER The official launch of the 2008 Tasmanian Poetry Festival, held on board the Tamar Odyssey as twilight settles over the Tamar River.  Featuring readings by some of our Guest Poets.

8.00 pm FRIDAY NIGHT READINGS featuring Nightwriting Guests are invited to return  to Mud Bar for Readings by the Guest Poets of the 2008 Poetry Festival, including Janet Galbraith, Ken Bolton, Cath Kenneally, Kristen Lang, David Stavanger, Mala Anthony and the Scribesisterspeaking.
//This event includes an Open Mike session for poets to share their work. Five minute limit, register on the night.//

Saturday October 4
11.00 am Brisbane St Mall
Jam the Mall! A free concert featuring three of Australia’s best spoken-word performance poets: Ghostboy, Scribesisterspeaking and CuzCo (Wire MC and Choo Choo). Poetry live, fast, gutsy and loud: absolutely not to be missed! Afterwards (afterwords?) chill out at…

2.00 pm Café Fresh, Charles Street, Launceston Enjoy a fabulous coffee with a poetry chaser: Poetry provided by our Festival guest poets for 2008.

7.30 pm    Invermay Bowls Club, Forster Street, Invermay    
Wire MC will warm the crowd up before we get into the…


The seminal event of the Festival, now in its 23rd year, the Launceston Poetry Cup throws open the challenge to any willing poet: if you can generate the loudest audience response in under a minute with your poem, the silverware is yours.  Open to everyone and anyone!  It’s loud, it’s contagious, it’s the most fun you’ll ever have in verse.

Sunday October 5   

9.30 am    K&H Café, 106 George Street, Launceston
Join us over breakfast as we welcome three touring poets from Queensland, and hear their work: Ross Clark, Helen Avery, Nathan Shepherdson.

1.00 pm REVERENCE: A celebration of Poetry, Historic Church,
99 Elphin Road        $5

Wind down with us as we celebrate poetry in the lovely embrace of this former place of worship.  Hear from each of the Festival’s guest poets, enjoy a glass of wine, win something in the fabulous Festival raffle and be farewelled until next year when we gather together to do it all again!


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The Tasmanian Writers' Centre is located in Room E101 on the 1st floor of the Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place Hobart, Tasmania. Opening hours are generally 10-4.30pm Mon-Fri.

The Executive Director of the TWC is Chris Gallagher and the Administrative Assistants are Stephenie Cahalan and Jane Williams. You can contact the Centre by email: <admin @ tasmanianwriters.org> or by telephone or fax on (03) 6224 0029. The Tasmanian Writers' Centre is a not-for-profit incorporated association, and is supported by Australian taxpayers via state & federal government agents,  Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council. To find out more about these government agents click on their links or logos. 

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The Tasmanian Writers' Centre supports numerous initiatives that provide opportunities for Tasmanian writers and promote appreciation of Tasmanian writing & literature. These include workshops, residencies and mentorships for Tasmanian writers, as well as providing professional advice to TWC members. Members of the TWC enjoy many benefits including subscription to Island Magazine for only $33 - that's a saving of $13 off the normal subscription rate.

Why we are what we are: The core business of the Tasmanian Writers' Centre is the delivery of a range of services that meets the needs of writers at significant points in their careers. The TWC also aims to promote Tasmanian writing to local, interstate and international audiences.

What we do: The Tasmanian Writers' Centre achieves these aims via a number of program areas including:

  • Assistance to writers including advice on funding applications and self-publishing projects
  • Promoting the stories of Tasmania through Read Tasmania
  • Advocacy for Tasmanian writers locally and nationally
  • Time & space for writers, through our  Residencies program for Tasmanian, Interstate and International writers within Tasmania, interstate and overseas
  • Affordable writers' workshops and masterclasses with local and visiting writers
  • Affordable manuscript assessments
  • Promotion of writer's events and opportunities via our website and bi-monthly newsletter Writas
  • Support for writers' events such as the Tasmanian Poetry Festival
  • A reference library of writers' resources including magazines, books and journals
  • A referral point for writers' groups looking for new members and writers wishing to join or start a new writers' group