30 November 2005

Readings coming up in Hobart

Events for December / Jan/ Feb /
Info courtesy of Liz Winfield and also the Tasmanian Writers Centre

Details ... follow links ...


  • 4 Dec: Republic Readings @ the Republic Bar & Café

  • 8 Dec: Les Blakebrough

  • 9 Dec: FAW Christmas meeting

  • 10 Dec: Merridy Eastman

  • 14 Dec: Adult Ed. Poetry discussion group

  • 15 Dec: Young Tasmanian Writers

  • 5 Feb: Lyn Reeves & Liz Winfield



4 December Sunday 3-5pm
Republic Readings @ the Republic Bar & Café
299 Elizabeth St North Hobart.
Here's the order of the day:

> 3.00 pm Liz Winfield writes: "We’ve lost many well-loved writers from Tasmania and the Republic Readings and you are invited to bring poems you might have by Margaret Scott, MML Bliss, Barney Roberts, V Sharp Razor, Tina Ruusula, Luke Swann or an excerpt from Elizabeth Dean’s prose. If we don’t have enough time we’ll return to these readings during the afternoon.

> 3.15 pm Launch of Running Through The Stars an FAW-Tas anthology which includes work by 39 Tasmanian writers, available for sale for $12.

> 3.30 pm Karen Knight will launch Joy Elizabeth’s The Mystery of the Missing Pay Cheques which won the 2004 "Dorothy Porter Award for Best Crime Story in Verse" at the Scarlet Stiletto Awards.

> 4 pm Summer Open Reading with Literary Prizes, Important notes:

. time limit 5 minutes,
. put your name down on the day,
. own original work in any genre which hasn’t previously won any prizes,
. judge is Gina Mercer,
. prizes: Famous Reporter subscription for one year, Island Magazine subscription for one year, 40 Degrees South subscription for one year, $25 Hobart Bookshop Voucher, 3 prizes from the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre (TWC) each including one year membership to TWC + a $25 Bookshop voucher.

NB There will be a raffle on the day to raise money for administrating the Republic Readings and to raise money for the poetry broadsheet The Poets’ Republic. Thanks as always to the Republic Bar & Café & TWC who pay the featured readers & judges at these readings. Thanks also to all of the above mentioned organizations and presses who donate the literary prizes.


8th Dec. Thursday 5.30pm
Hobart Bookshop invites you to the launch by Jonathan Holmes of Les Blakebrough: Ceramics.


9 December Friday 7.30pm

FAW Christmas meeting. Friday 7.30pm Friends’ Meeting House, 395 Argyle Street, North Hobart. Results of the FAW-Tasmania Christmas Competitions 2005 will be announced with readings of winning entries. This will be followed by mini-launches of Pardalote Press books Watersmeet: haiku and Peter Macrow’s Oil Slick Sun ; also, Christmas supper, please bring a contribution. There will also be the opportunity for promotion and sales of members’ books, just bring them on the night. All welcome.

Saturday 10 December, 2-4pm
University Club - University of Tasmania (main campus Internal ring-road – opposite School of Chemistry Building. Entry: main entrance off Churchill Avenue).
The Australian Society of Authors’ MEETING INVITATION (and early Christmas treat!) ASA Tasmania is delighted to invite members and friends to meet a very special guest speaker, Merridy Eastman, author of the international best-seller There’s a Bear in There (and he wants Swedish). Merridy will be in Hobart for a brief family visit before returning overseas where she is currently working on a new book due for release in 2006. Well-known to Australian audiences as an actor of both stage and television (from Playschool to Always Greener), Merridy has a very lively view on both writing and publishers. This will be an opportunity to not only hear Merridy’s great story, but also enjoy a friendly get together and exchange ideas over afternoon-tea. Guests are most welcome. COST:$10 – payment to ASA (by credit card over the phone or by sending a cheque or money order to the Australian Society Authors, PO Box 1566, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 RSVP: by Monday 5 December. We look forward to seeing you there. Bronilyn Smith ASA Tasmania representative. ddynamic@southcom.com.au


14 December Wednesday from 12.30pm

Poetry Discussion Group, Christmas meeting
Adult Education, North Hobart.

Thursday 15 December 5:30pm
The Courtyard at the Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart.
Young Tasmanian Writers satisfy a craving ...
Eight Young Tasmanian Writers have been chosen to feature in the Fourth issue of The Brew, an inventive new publication placed on the tables of Sutton’s Café in the foyer of the Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart. Come and share a brew…and live readings of the chosen submissions at the launch of the third edition. For submission guidelines or more information on The Brew contact the editor Benny Walter on 0438 532 517 or email the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre at admin@tasmanianwriters.org


5 February Sunday 3-5pm

Republic Readings: Lyn Reeves & Liz Winfield
+ open + launch of The Poets’ Republic #15

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