Festival of Golden Words

Festival of Golden Words
Fri, 14/03/2020 - 3:00pm - Sun, 16/03/2020 - 6:00pm
Festival of Golden Words
Marquee sessions free, some ticketed events

Beaconsfield, Tasmania

Bookings for ticketed events here.

The Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words will feature the Richard Carlton Address and more than 70 authors. The Festival has snared some of Australia's leading novelists, including two shortlisted for this year's Miles Franklin Literary Award - Carrie Tiffany (Mateship With Birds), who also won the inaugural Stella Award, and Romy Ash (Floundering). Others  include Hannah Kent, author of the international sensation Burial Rites, as well as Nikki Gemmell and Nick Earls. Graeme Simsion will be talking about his runaway hit novel The Rosie Project. Katherine Scholes, Rachel Treasure, and Rohan Wilson will be among the name Tasmanian novelists on the program, along with Heather Rose and Danielle Wood. The strong children's author sessions will be led by Andy Griffiths and Wendy Harmer, along with Tristan Bancks, Lian Tanner, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Christina Booth, Sherryl Clark, Kate Gordon and Angelica Banks.
Biographers will also be well represented, with, among others, Dr Philip Nitschke talking about his new autobiography Damned if I do, and iconic film and TV actor Steve Bisley revealing all about his acclaimed autobiography Stillways. Sally Dingo, author of the bestselling Our Mob is also coming, while Festival convenor Stephen Dando-Collins will be talking about his upcoming biography Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus. Historians Professor Peter Stanley (ANU), Professor Henry Reynolds (UTAS), and Dr Kristyn Harmer (UTAS) will be on the program, and the state of affairs in Tasmania will be debated by Professor Natasha Cica, Director of the Inglis-Clark Centre for Civil Society at the University of Tasmania, Professor Richard Eccleston (UTAS), and leading gay rights and marriage equality campaigner Rodney Croome.

The wine and food writers program at Tamar Ridge in Rosevears will feature Max Allen (Gourmet Traveller and The Australian), the queen of Australian foodies Maggie Beer, Sydney wine writer Mike Bennie, and Brisbane food writer Brenda Fawdon, to name a few. A strong contingent of Tasmanian poets led by Tim Thorne and Cameron Hindrum will also be on the Festival program.

Half a dozen of the writers appearing at the Festival will be conducting writers workshops, and members of the Tasmanian Writers Centre will receive a 10% discount on half day workshops and a 15% discount on workshops that last a day or longer. Workshop details will be released shortly.

One of the features of the Festival will be the inaugural Richard Carleton Address, which, with the support of the Nine Network, will next March be delivered in Beaconsfield by a 60 Minutes reporter and former workmate of Richard Carleton - who died in Beaconsfield in 2006 while on assignment for 60 Minutes. The final Festival program will be released on 14 February.