Hi Everyone,

The 2010 Tasmanian Poetry Festival is just around the corner and I hope you are able to join us in Launceston over the first weekend in October as the Festival celebrates 25 years of presenting a healthy slice of contemporary poetry from the best Tasmanian, Australian and international poets.

Please check http://www.taspoetryfest.org for full program details and information (with a sample poem) for each of this year’s guests.

In addition, ABC presenter and songwriter/poet James Griffin is helping us raise the curtain on the Festival this year with a performance of his work ‘Songs for a Season at Ghost Town Bridge’. James will appear at the Old Church, 99 Elphin Road (our venue for Reverence, on the Sunday afternoon of the Festival) on Sunday, September 26 at 2 pm. There will also be readings by local poets—when I get around to asking them :-) Tickets for this are $5 at the door, but Festival Weekend passes ($25, access all events) will be available.

If you are coming to Friday Night Readings at the Boatshed on Northbank this year, please support this venue by enjoying one of their reasonably priced bistro meals while listening to the fabulous verse on offer.

Huge thanks also to our financial supporters this year—the Australia Council Literature Board, Arts Tasmania and the Launceston City Council.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, if you would like to attend Words on Water, please book in advance asap—numbers for this event are limited and it’s likely to fill up pretty quickly. Register your interest in this event by return email or phone/text me on 0437 762 707.

Many thanks for your support—look forward to welcoming you on October 1.