What happens after HNSA 2019? You can enjoy more historical fiction laced with mystery and crime at the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (TAF2019), Tasmania’s newest literary festival, set in the gorgeous Huon Valley.
The inaugural staging – Murder She Wrote – runs from Thursday 31 October to Tuesday 5 November.
There are three areas of programming to enjoy across this Halloween-to-Melbourne Cup long weekend of words and wine:
- a four-day Murder She Wrote program of panel sessions, parties and professional development for writers;
- two days of free community programming including the children’s program plus a day-long book room of 40+ authors, publishers and book launches – the Hall of Writers Book Fair; and
- a two-day food and wine trail.
Immerse yourself fully in one, or pick and choose from all three!
If your interests lie in history and historical fiction, the Friday and Saturday of the program may catch your eye.
At 3 pm on Friday 1 November Meg Keneally will present her masterclass on using History as Inspiration when writing fiction.
Shortly after Meg’s masterclass concludes, step back in time to a 1920s speakeasy of jazz, spoken word and illegal cocktails at Noir at the Bar.
On Saturday 2 November, you may be particularly drawn to the panel session Means (9.45 am). Tara Moss, Marta Dusseldorp, Jack Heath and L.J.M. Owen discuss their most startling research techniques and discoveries, including the archaeological and women’s history research behind L.J.’s Dr Pimms series and Tara Moss’s research to prepare for her new Billie Walker, PI series set in Sydney’s 1940s.
Later (1.45 pm) Jack Heath and Tansy Rayner Roberts join Meg Keneally in Pick Your Poison to examine how crime and mystery writers choose their sub-genres, including historical fiction.
Saturday night, be transported to an archaeological site on the Giza Plateau in 1920s Cairo for an evening of murder and mystery: Curse of the Sphinx. Are you the best detective in the land?
And, of course, between parties and panels you can explore the valley’s myriad historical sites, museums and stunning vistas.
Every person who purchases a ticket is eligible to apply for a 7-night writer or reader residency.
Are you joining us? For more information, to book tickets, volunteer or arrange accommodation, please go to the festival’s website at: https://www.terroraustralisfestival.com/
Dr L.J.M. Owen,
Mastermind Festival Director
Murder She Wrote, Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival, Huon Valley, Tasmania