Green light for bud­ding writ­ers

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - ALEX LUTTRELL

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.

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