Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words

Over the weekend I attended the inaugural Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. Organised by author Stephen Dando-Collins, the festival was a hit with locals and lots of fun for visiting authors. There were packed marquees for panels, enthusiastic audiences for school sessions and the fest provided a valuable cultural injection to Northern Tasmania.

Here are some pics (by Amber Melody).

Authors Sherryl Clark and Kate Gordon entertain kids at Beaconsfield Primary School.

Tasmanian Lian Tanner, author of The Keepers series, told jaw-dropping tales of Antarctica. 
I chatted with author Nikki Gemmel about writing books for kids and teens.

And I had fun brainstorming ideas for my new short story Cranky Dad Syndrome with kids.

Andy Griffiths took ‘Bad Mummy’ and ‘Bad Daddy’ for a spin and told more tales from the 39-Storey Treehouse.

I shared a panel, ‘The Book That Changed My Life’ with Rachel Edwards,
Richard Fidler and Phillip Nitschke.

If you’re an author or booklover in the neighbourhood next March, I highly recommend getting along to Beaconsfield Festival of Goilden Words 2.



  1. March 24, 2014 / 6:33 am

    Hi I am Sharon and My idea for your new book Stella Holling and the sugar rush or something, was Stella could use a bobby pin or some kind of hair pin to twist open the door lock and come in to kiss Tom

  2. Anonymous
    March 24, 2014 / 9:11 am

    tom gets some wood, nails and a hammer and then he nails wood on to the windows and the doors so the girl who wants to kiss him can't get him.

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