Chris Gallagher Director Tasmania Writers Centre

June has been a wonderful month as we celebrated with the young writers in Glenorchy at the Moonah Arts Centre. On a chilly solstice night six young writers read from the work created through their residencies in the Glenorchy area during autumn, and we were so proud to see them all complete this journey by taking the courageous step of presenting their work to an audience. We were also thrilled to announce the Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award thanks to a grant from Festivals Australia and I was delighted to join one of our esteemed judges Bruce Pascoe for interview on the ABC to discuss the importance of the award. Bruce made the insightful comment that the Tasmanian Aboriginal story is important to our National story not just to Tasmania. Also in June we offered a sell-out Masterclass with Benjamin Law the feedback from the day has been overwhelmingly positive.

Of course July offers another great range of writerly activity…the festival program is close to completion, so stay tuned as we gear up for some exciting announcements planned throughout this month. The next Writers Journey workshop with James Dryburgh promises many treasures for fiction and non-fiction writers … the essay is one of the simplest forms of written communication and one of the best ways to air important ideas and share experiences and people with the wider world. For those of you who came to see Caroline Brothers in conversation with James Dryburgh at the start of June you’d have a sense of his worldly experience and capacity to make complex discussion interesting and relatable. Our evening at Hadley’s with the Seasonal Poets is always a great treat. This month we have three hugely respected poets: Kristen Lang, Peter Hay and Louise Oxley. And of course across the state our fantastic local bookshops are presenting another line up of new book launches – So no excuses…happy writing and reading and enjoy the month ahead!

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