Crime/Mystery, Events, Festivals, Interviews, literary fiction, Publishers, Writing


On behalf of Carmel Shute and Sisters in Crime, I’d like to help promote the following online literary festival. Early bird tickets are currently available for $90 from – further information is below, copied from the email I received:

Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival is excited to announce Tasmania’s first  international crime and mystery literary festival.

Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (TARWF) is Australia’s southern-most literary festival, a celebration of books, writing and community in the glorious Huon Valley, Tasmania.

Just 30 minutes from Hobart’s CBD, we offer a range of live, live-streamed and virtual programming throughout the year.

In 2021 we’re offering Tasmania’s first international crime and mystery festival – CSI: TASMANIA.

The program of this online weekend of author interviews, panel discussions, book clubs, book parties and mini writing masterclasses is designed around two broad themes: landscape as the inspiration behind fictional scenes of crimes; and the use of writing to investigate larger crimes in society and history.

Many sessions touch on Tasmania as both setting and inspiration.

There will be some fascinating conversations, fevered book pitching sessions and a light-hearted debate or two.

The awe-inspiring line-up of more than 35 writers of crime and mystery includes:

·      David Heska Wanbli Weiden, TAF2021 International Guest of Honour,

·      Ann Cleeves, TAF2021 Mistress of Mystery,

·      Val McDermid, TAF2021 Queen of Crime,

·      Liz Nugent, TAF2021 Prime Suspect,

·      Garry Disher, TAF2021 Australian Guest of Honour,

·      Naomi Hirahara,

·      Abir Mukherjee,

·      Vanda Symon,

·      J.P. Pomare,

·      image008.jpgCandice Fox, and

·      Anita Heiss.

“We’re still pinching ourselves in disbelief at the incredible line-up of local, Australian and international best-selling authors who’ve joined us this year,” the Festival’s Director, Dr L.J.M. Owen said (pictured right).

With lively panel discussions, author interviews, intimate book clubs and writing masterclasses, TAF2021’s ‘CSI: TASMANIA’ offers something for everyone.

“It’s not just for readers of crime and mystery,” Dr Owen said. “Anyone with an interest in books, reading, writing or the publishing industry will find something to suit them.”

The two day program, which runs across the last weekend of   November, offers in-depth interviews with authors like Ann Cleeves, Garry Disher and Val McDermid, and panel discussions with authors such as Anita Heiss, R.W.R. McDonald, and Sulari Gentill.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

“During our online digital weekend we’ll share the love of Tasmanian, Australian and international crime and mystery fiction with an audience tuning in from around the world,” Dr Owen said.

The panel sessions will explore questions including why the Tasmanian landscape inspires so much brilliant crime and

mystery fiction.                                                                                                     

“We’re also offering 20 Book Clubs and Writing Masterclasses with some of Australia’s most loved writers, for instance Candice Fox, Debra Oswald and Meg Keneally,” Dr Owen said.

Originally, a second weekend of live panel discussions in Huonville was also planned for  November.

“Unfortunately, the recent snap lockdown meant we had to suspend having a live audience in early November. It’s an unfortunate loss, as we were on course to make a solid contribution to local economic recovery from two devastating bushfire seasons followed by the pandemic. While sad for everyone involved, the good news is that we’ve shifted a number of the panels across to feature at the digital weekend at no extra cost to ticket buyers,” Dr Owen said.

Pivoting to hold the panel sessions online instead of live was made possible by the festival’s existing work to digitally transform.

“Earlier this year, the festival won a 3 year, $120,000 grant, from the Regional Arts Fund to undertake digital transformation of its events,” Dr Owen said.

In a state where just 50% of the adult population is functionally literate, the project aims to support the ongoing development of the local literary sector, facilitate external professional development opportunities, and support continuing community engagement in literature.

“The work we’d already undertaken as part of the project meant we could make the shift from in-person to online in a matter of days,” Dr Owen said.


Earlybird Digital Weekend Passes to CSI: TASMANIA are now on sale. Priced at $90, each pass includes 15 author interviews and discussion panels, as well as two free Book Clubs or Writing Mini Masterclasses (subject to availability).

“It’s fantastic value and highly accessible. With the expanded program, this means the 15 sessions are costing just $6 each, and will be available on demand until 2022. So if you love crime or mystery fiction, we hope to share this amazing weekend with you.”

For more information on the festival and ticket links

T:  @TerrorAustFest  Please use the hashtag #TerrorAustFest

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