Chris Gallagher Director Tasmanian Writers’ Centre

Dear Readers and Writers

Is social justice important to you? While our upcoming Tasmania Writers and Readers Festival 2017 has plenty to be joyus about there are plenty of big topics also being tackled. Professor AC Grayling is coming to Australia from Oxford University, England and his presentations in Melbourne and Sydney are booked out – our opening night with him as key note speaker is your last chance to see him in Australia! He will be setting the tone of the Festival with an address that explores the future of democracy in world politics.

We are also excited to be announcing the recipient of the inaugural Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award (ETAWA) at the opening night prior to Professor AC Grayling’s address.

This Festival will also be bringing down award-winning writer, storyteller, educator, and human rights advocate Arnold Zable and freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker Clementine Ford, as well as presenting a fantastic array of Tasmanian writers, thinkers and activists including plangermairreenner Elder puralia meenamatta (Jim Everett),Antonia Case and Tansy Rayner Roberts to be exploring current and relevant social justice issues.

There are plenty of big discussions ahead that promise to inspire us and get us thinking globally as well as locally. Please share with your networks, and make sure you book your tickets soon – we hope to see you there!