2018 Weekend Program

 2018 Tasmanian Poetry Festival



All events except Cruise held at St Ailbe’s Hall,

46 Margaret Street, Launceston

Words on Water $15. Slamduggery $5.

Workshops $20/15 each

All other events $12/$10. Weekend Pass $50/$40*

Weekend Passes are available online and soon at local outlets closer to the Festival Weekend—stay tuned!


Friday October 5th: Workshops at Launceston Library, Civic Square. ‘Nature of Place – Place of Nature’ with Nicola Easthope (10am – 1 pm) and ‘You Finished the Poem—What now?’ with Gabrielle Journey Jones (1.30 – 4.30 pm) Bookings on line at…

*Weekend pass holders receive $5 discount on workshops.


Friday October 5th

WORDS ON WATER Home Point Marina 6.15pm for 6.30pm departure. The 2018 Tasmanian Poetry Festival kicks off in its home city on board the Tamar Odyssey as twilight settles over the Tamar River. Featuring readings by Nicola Easthope and Marilyn Arnold. MC Cameron Hindrum. *Bookings Essential* See Contact Details BELOW.


8 pm-10.30 pm

SLAMDUGGERY AT THE FESTIVAL! Return to the Festival’s weekend home, St Ailbe’s Hall, 46 Margaret St., for a light meal and performances by Arielle Cottingham and Jesse Oliver. Slamduggery will offer $75/$50/$25 prize money and entry is open to all except Festival or Spotlight Poets. Otherwise register on the night. MCs Yvonne Gluyas and Angus King. Meal bookings ESSENTIAL. See details below.


Saturday October 6th at ST AILBE’S HALL

11am – 3 pm

SPOTLIGHT POETS! Five local poets will warm up the microphone for five of our esteemed Guest Poets. MCs Evie Wood and Colin Berry. Readings by Michael Aiken, Gabrielle Journey Jones, Helga Jermy, Amy Bodossian & Quinn Eades. Featuring Soup, bar, bookstall and everything you need for a perfect day of poetry!


It’s on! The seminal event of the Festival since 1985, and now in its 34thyear, the Launceston Poetry Cup throws open the challenge to any willing poet: if you can generate the loudest audience response in under a minute with your poem, the silverware is yours. Open to everyone and anyone! It’s loud, it’s contagious, it’s the most fun you’ll ever have in verse. Enjoy a light supper as contestants battle valiantly for the honour and glory that is winning the Launceston Poetry Cup! MC Cameron Hindrum.


Sunday October 8 at ST AILBE’S HALL

1pm– 4.30pm: Join us at St Ailbe’s to celebrate the work of each of our 2018 Guest Poets, who will all read at this event. Broadcast live on City Park Radio, live-streamed on Facebook and recorded for posterity! MC Joy Elizabeth. Be there for Yvonne’s famous scones and the Festival raffle draw. Help us bring down the curtain on another fabulous weekend feast of contemporary verse.


For more information visit www.taspoetryfest.org

For enquiries email Cameron at tpf_inc@yahoo.com.au

Friday Night Meal details will be confirmed soon!