Golden times for Beaconsfield

Written By miftah nugraha on Kamis, 02 Mei 2013 | 19.55

MORE than 30 leading Australian authors will converge on Beaconsfield next March for a new festival aimed at putting the West Tamar region on the national cultural map.

To run from March 14-16, the Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words will feature a series of conversations with authors, panel discussions, debates, readings, book launches, workshops, and food and wine events at a range of venues in and around the former gold mining town.

The festival, most of which will be free to the public, is the brainchild of successful Beaconsfield-based author Stephen Dando-Collins.

"(My wife) Louise and I are lucky enough to frequently attend writers festivals and literary events around Australia and overseas," he said.

"We realised that the West Tamar, where we've lived for the past eight years, has everything it takes to make a really successful writers festival and to attract thousands of book-lovers to the region.

"Subjects covered will range from literary fiction to thrillers, comedy, sport, wine and food, biography, current affairs, history, poetry, self-publishing and screenwriting. And readers will be able to meet some of their favourite authors."

Writers already confirmed to attend include bestselling children's author Wendy Harmer, Vogel Prize-winning novelist Rohan Wilson, Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History winner Professor Peter Stanley, and arts guru Leo Schofield. Three national sporting stars will also use the event to launch their new books.

"The council is confident that this festival is going to be an annual event which will put the West Tamar and northern Tasmania on the cultural map," West Tamar Mayor Barry Easther said.

"When the organisers came to us seeking seed funding for the festival, the council was blown away by the amount of groundwork they had put in and by the volume of community support they had already attracted from one end of the Tamar Valley to the other."

A full list of participating authors will be announced in October, with the final program to be revealed next February.

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