WRITERS AND READ­ERS FES­TI­VAL

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The bi­en­nial lit­er­ary event has come around again. From an em­i­nent vis­it­ing philoso­pher to master­classes on writ­ing, there’s cer­tain to be a topic to pique your in­ter­est. This year’s theme is “Other Worlds in Words”, a broad stroke that en­sures en­gage­ment. If you haven’t bought tick­ets, there’s still time. See be­low for our round-up of fes­ti­val high­lights. Visit taswrf.org for work­shop book­ings and the full pro­gram.

FES­TI­VAL OPEN­ING, THE CHAL­LENGE OF FREE­DOM

THEATRE ROYAL, THURS­DAY, 7.45-9PM Il­lus­tri­ous Bri­tish philoso­pher, au­thor and hu­man­ist AC Grayling (right) will be joined by Pro­fes­sor Jeff Mal­pas and au­thor Heather Rose in this open­ing­night event. En­joy an evening that aims to in­spire fes­ti­val-go­ers to en­gage with other worlds. The event also in­cludes the in­au­gu­ral Emerg­ing Tas­ma­nian Abo­rig­i­nal Writers Award. Tick­ets are $30, or $25 for TasWrit­ers mem­bers and con­ces­sion, from the­atreroyal.com.au/ shows/chal­lenge-free­dom

MEET THE WRITERS

ORI­ENT BAR, HADLEY’S ORI­ENT HO­TEL, FRI­DAY 2-4PM ABC’s Your Af­ter­noon with He­len Shields will set up shop in the Ori­ent Bar for a lively ra­dio broad­cast from the fes­ti­val. Come to this free event to be on the other side of the mic and meet some of the writers who will share their sto­ries over the sound­waves.

THE WORLDS OF BRADLEY TREVOR GREIVE

JOHN WEBB ROOM, HADLEY’S ORI­ENT HO­TEL, FRI­DAY 7.30-8.30PM Tas­ma­nian au­thor Bradley Trevor Greive will cap­ti­vate with his hu­mor­ous retellings of his many ad­ven­tures. Best known for his whim­si­cal gift books The Blue Day Book, Dear Mum and Thank You For Be­ing You, Greive re­cently pub­lished his own il­lus­trated edi­tion of philoso­pher Ber­trand Russell’s es­say, In Praise of Idle­ness. His non-fic­tion work, Pen­guin Bloom, which won the ABIA 2017 Il­lus­trated Book of the year award, is set to be­come a film star­ring Naomi Watts. See him here in con­ver­sa­tion with An­drew Hop­wood. Tick­ets are $22, or $17 for TasWrit­ers mem­bers and con­ces­sion. Book at taswrf.org/speak­ers/bradley-trevor-greive

WILDER­NESS AND THE HU­MAN SOUL

GE­ORGE CARTWRIGHT ROOM, HADLEY’S ORI­ENT HO­TEL, FRI­DAY 7.30-9PM Join Bob Brown, James Dry­burgh, Heather Rose and Pete Hay for a fas­ci­nat­ing dis­cus­sion about the im­pact of wild places on the hu­man soul. This ses­sion will be­gin and end with a per­for­mance by muka nawnta singers Jodi Haines, Ju­dith Reid and Kar­tanya May­nard. Tick­ets are $25, or $20 for TasWrit­ers mem­bers and con­ces­sion. Book at taswrf.org/ses­sions/ wilder­ness-hu­man-soul

FASH­ION­ISTA EX­TRAV­A­GANZA

HO­BART CITY HALL, TO­MOR­ROW, 10AM-2PM The Over­dressed Mar­ket is set­ting up for the day at the Ho­bart City Hall, at 57-63 Mac­quarie St, with an event for the bud­get-con­scious. Pick up a pre-loved de­signer bar­gain or browse the racks of new women’s at­tire and ac­ces­sories. Be there for your chance to win the lucky door prize: a $100 voucher to spend at the Red Cross shop at Rosny. For de­tails, visit over­dressed. com.au/over­dressed-mar­ket

BEST OF BEC’S BACK­YARD FILM FES­TI­VAL

MOONAH ARTS CEN­TRE, TUES­DAY, 5.30PM Twice a year, Re­becca Thom­son’s back­yard is taken over by a big and bois­ter­ous party where all the guests are chal­lenged to make a short film in a given genre. This year was no dif­fer­ent. See some of the crack­ers they’ve come up with at this one-off screen­ing hosted by Thom­son. Tick­ets are $5 at the door. For de­tails, visit moon­a­harts­cen­tre.org.au/events/real-to-reel

SCHOOL OF LIFE HO­BART POP-UP

126 BATHURST ST, HO­BART, FRI­DAY, OCTOBER 6, TO SUN­DAY, OCTOBER 8 Four thought-pro­vok­ing ses­sions hosted by The School of Life Aus­tralia will run next month across an ex­hil­a­rat­ing long week­end. The School is a global or­gan­i­sa­tion founded by philoso­pher Alain de Bot­ton and is ded­i­cated to de­vel­op­ing emo­tional in­tel­li­gence. Its first event in Ho­bart in­cludes two spe­cial events – A Night of Better Con­ver­sa­tion: Sex, and A Night of Better Con­ver­sa­tion: Death – with a class each on How to Re­alise Your Po­ten­tial and How to Be Cre­ative. All events are free, but tick­ets are avail­able only through a bal­lot sys­tem. To win a ticket, visit theschooloflife.com/ho­bart and reg­is­ter be­fore Mon­day, October 2. Win­ners will be no­ti­fied on Tues­day, October 3.

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