19 November 2004

Tasmanian Bicentenary History Prizes

Telling Tales: Readings and discussion with authors shortlisted in the Tasmanian Bicentenary History Prizes. The Board Room, Henry Jones Art House Hotel, Hobart 12.30 – 5 pm,
Sunday November 21st
Announcement of Winners Sullivans, Grand Chancellor Hotel 5 pm
Who’s wagging the Tale ? -- The politics of writing family, corporate and local histories. Is there pressure to only write the positive? What about self censorship?

Panellists -- Authors

  • Alison Alexander -- The Eastern Shore: a history of Clarence
  • John Beswick -- Brothers’ Home: The Story of Derby
  • Jonathan King -- Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing: The Extraordinary Life of Alec Campbell

Telling the Tales of Others
Henry Reynolds talks with Barry Hill, author of Broken Song: T.G.H. Strethlow and Aboriginal Possession,about writing the stories of other races, peoples and times. A profound perspective or pure speculation? Barry Hill is also national poetry editor of The Australian.

Tales of Early Hobart: A Denizen’s View
Life, work and society in Hobart in the first generations of European settlement. What was life like for the convict, the working man and for members of the military and social elite? Hell on earth or a new start?
Panellists and authors:
  • Hamish Maxwell-Stewart & Cassandra Pybus -- American Citizens, British Slaves: Yankee Political Prisoners in an Australian Penal Colony, 1839 – 1850.
  • Phillip Tardif -- John Bowen’s Hobart: The Beginning of European Settlement in Tasmania
  • Michael Nash -- The Bay Whalers: Tasmania’s Shore-based Whaling Industry

Each session will be accompanied with readings by professional actors.
For details, phone 03 6233 5512 or http://www.bicentenary.tas.gov.au or info @ bicenteanry.tas.gov.au

Source: Tanzi Lewis, Publicity and Marketing Officer
Tasmanian Bicentenary Office, GPO Box 771, HOBART TAS 7001
Phone 03 6233 5553; 1800 827 200
Fax 03 6233 5555
Tanzi.Lewis @ dtpha.tas.gov.au

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