Green light for budding writers
WHAT’S it like to go from a refugee camp one week to bushwalking on Maria Island the next?
Those were the experiences young refugees and migrants spoke about at yesterday’s Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival.
As part of the Parks and Wildlife Service and Wildcare Get Outside program, a group of new Tasmanians took off on a trip to Maria Island back in May to gain leadership skills and knowledge of park environments. The trip was organised by Tasmanian writer Gina Mercer.
“My job was to get them to write about bushwalking, wildlife and the environment and [yesterday] we spoke about that trip,” she said.
Ms Mercer said the Get Outside program was ongoing.
The week-long writers festival finishes up today with two events. One includes a future of journalism panel discussion at the University of Tasmania’s Dechaineux Theatre in Hobart, with Mercury editor Matt Deighton and industry icon Charles Wooley among the panellists.
The second is a trip to Mt Field National Park, with writers sharing in the works of Tasmanian Aboriginal singer songwriter Dewayne EverettSmith and writer Peter Grant.