Tasmanian Poetry Festival 2023 Programme

6-8th October 2023

Earl Arts Centre, Launceston

10 Earl St, Launceston, right behind the Princess Theatre

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Poetry Masterclass workshops

*Note: workshop tickets are not included in the Festival Pass. The tickets are available here.

10:00 am – 11:30 am | Writing Haiku

With Myron Lysenko: There is a lot more to writing haiku than counting 17 syllables.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Playing with Poetry

With Kimberly K Williams: We’ll play with poetry, using the page like a sandbox, seeing what we can make and discover.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Poems of Response

With Esther Ottaway: It can be easier to write a poem in response to another poem rather than facing a blank page. Be guided and inspired to write your own new poems in response to vibrant works.

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Friday Night Feature

from 7:15 pm

The festival kicks off with three entertaining and powerful guest performers: Rebecca Rushbrook, Myron Lysenko, and Tug Dumbly. Hosted by MC Thomas Bailey. Friday Night Feature is a refulgent evening of not-to-be-missed entertainment in words.

Run time 135 mins.


Saturday Sessions

9:00 am | Open Mic
Registrations open from 8:40 am

10:00 am | ‘Deceptions’
A staged reading of Stella Kent’s play about Tasmanian poet Gwen Harwood, directed by Peter Hammond.

11:30 am | Guest Poets
Featuring Rebecca Rushbrook, Helga Jermy, Brendan Ryan

12:30 pm | Lunch
A light lunch will be served

1:15 pm | Book Launch (Under the same moon: Fourth Haiku Anthology)
Join us for the launch of this new work with Myron Lysenko (contributing poet) and Lyn Reeves (editor).

1:40 pm | Andrew Hardy Award
This award for young Tasmanian poets remembers Andrew Hardy, who died in 1997, at the age of 22.

2:30 pm | Book Launch (Ways to say Goodbye)
by Anne Kellas & Jane Wiliams

3:00 pm | Guest Poets
David Hallett, Esther Ottaway, Kimberly K Williams

Launceston Poetry Cup (Saturday Evening)

From 6:30 pm

The highlight of the weekend is the iconic Launceston Poetry Cup. Open to all, our poets have just one minute to impress the audience with a piece of original work.


Sunday Sessions

Jazz and Poetry

10:00 am | Ross Donlon and Steve Brian
Jazz backed poetry

10:40 am | Guest Poets
Brendan Ryan, Pamela Leach, David Hallet

12:00 pm | Lunch
A light lunch will served

1:00 pm | Guest Poets
Rebecca Rushbrook, Helga Jermy, Kimberly K. Williams, Esther Ottaway

from 3:30 pm | Farewell