Australia’s top writers converge on Hobart for a three-day festival at Hadley’s Orient Hotel

Tickets on sale for Don Watson, Helen Garner and Bob Brown
from 13 July 2015.

Theme: Truth and Imagination

In September 2015, the newly refurbished Hadley’s Orient Hotel will play host to some of Australia’s greatest poets, novelists, historians, thinkers, educators and cartoonists at the third biennial Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival.

Over the course of three days, the nooks and crannies of this historic building will be filled with stirring interviews, poetry performances, writing workshops, book launches, and a heated discussion or two during a night of Tasmanian whisky tasting.

In every corner of the hotel, vivid stories will unfold, new worlds will be brought to life, and the people behind the great works will share their experiences, secrets, and stories…both true and imagined.

The festival opens on Friday 11 September with a day of workshops before swinging straight into a program full of entertainment.  One of Australia’s finest writers, Don Watson will shares his meanderings and thoughts on the Australian landscape and character with Tasmanian author, Heather Rose.

On Saturday 12 September, one of Australia’s most acclaimed writers, Helen Garner, will lead the audience through the ups and down of her life and artistic work. She will be joined by award winning poet, Sarah Day who will invite the audience to ask those questions they have always wanted to ask of this great Australian artist.

The Festival will come to a close late on Sunday afternoon with Tasmania’s own Bob Brown delivering the closing address. Founder of the Australian Green movement, Bob is a champion of conservation, individual liberty, and human compassion. He is able to inspire people from all walks of life into positive action. In these times of rapid change and trenchant opposition to reason, Bob’s message of optimism is more relevant now than ever before.

Don Watson, Helen Garner, and Bob Brown are three of the many celebrated writers and thinkers joining us in September, and tickets for their sessions go on sale Tuesday 13 July. These sessions will sell-out quick so audiences are encouraged to book early.

Tickets will be on sale from from 13 July 2015. 

11 - 13 September 2015

Hadley’s Orient Hotel, 34 Murray St, Hobart