Writers' festival proves a winner

Writers' festival proves a winner Posted Thursday 21st April, 2011

The two-day Tasmanian writers' festival, Home Truths, has been hailed as a landmark event, attracting audiences of more than 300 people across the two-day program.   

Run by the Writers' Centre in partnership with Ten Days on the Island and the Hobart Bookshop, the festival featured more than 40 leading writers and included the announcement of the $35,000 Tasmania Book Prizes.  

Winners of the prizes were:

The Tasmania Book Prize: for best book with Tasmanian content in any genre - $25 000:  Wanting by Richard Flanagan (Random House, 2008)

The Margaret Scott Prize: for best book by a Tasmanian writer - $5 000:  What Now, Tilda B? by Kathryn Lomer (University of Queensland Press, 2010)

The University of Tasmania Prize: for the best book by a Tasmanian publisher - $5 000:  Pardalote Press for Postcards from the Asylum by Karen Knight (2008)

Centre Director, Chris Gallagher, acknowledged the festival and core funding provided by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Tasmania, as well as funding from Hobart Bookshop and residency funds from Hobart City Council.  

She also thanked the many small businesses who supported the festival, including Fullers Bookshop, the State Cinema, Fig flowers, Joffre Street Productions and Shall Design.  

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