Ten Days on the Island - A Weekend Poetical in Liffey Hall

Saturday 13th March - Sunday 14th March

10:00am - 5:00pm

At Liffey Hall Liffey Rd, Liffey TAS 7301, Australia

Free. Bookings essential.

Book Tickets

Hear stories and poems of the region, listen to readings and share a picnic in this community celebration of beautiful words.

Deep in the heart of lutruwita/Tasmania, surrounded by paddocks and spectacular scenery, sits a tiny wooden hall. Inspired by the region’s beauty and its historic connection to the environmental movement, A Weekend Poetical in Liffey Hall captures the imagination as a place to celebrate poets and poetry, local and global.

In the hall’s Liffey Loungeroom, actor and broadcaster Jane Longhurst will host readings and poetry conversations. You’ll hear poetry from the winners of the inaugural Liffey Youth Poetry Prize and connect with poets from other parts of the planet through our partnership with Scotland’s international poetry festival StAnza.

The weekend also marks the 100th birthday of the late Gwen Harwood and, in association with Island magazine, we will celebrate the Tasmanian poet’s eponymous National Poetry Prize. Outside the hall, experience poetry readings at the Liffey Markets, a bring-your-own poetry picnic at Liffey Falls and walking tours through the landscape with poet-in-residence Bert Spinks.

Saturday 13 March, 10:00am – 12:30pm
Free, no registration required

The monthly Liffey Community Markets will welcome the Ten Days on the Island Poetry Truck – a vintage Dodge flatbed converted into a performance stage. Hosted by Bert Spinks, the truck will feature poets, storytellers and musicians from near and far.

Saturday 13 March, 1:00 – 2:30pm

Free, capacity within this venue is strictly limited, bookings are essential.

2020 marked the hundredth anniversary of the birth of acclaimed Tasmanian Poet Gwen Harwood, and the winners of the annual poetry prize that bears her name will present their work here for the first time. Hosted by Jane Longhurst, Person Person, Person Person and Person Person will read and discuss their winning poems, while prose poet and scholar Cassandra Atherton and Island Magazine’s Vern Field will discuss Gwen Harwood’s life and achievements.

Saturday 13 March, 3:00 – 4:00pm
Free, capacity within this venue is strictly limited, bookings are essential.

Trawlwoolway, Kaurna and Ngadjuri woman Kartanya Maynard is a writer, poet, actor and musician – among her many accolades she won the Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award in 2019 with her poem Blackscape. In conversation with Jane Longhurst, Kartanya will read and perform some of her work.

Sunday 14 March, 10:00 – 11:00am
Free, capacity within this venue is strictly limited, bookings are essential.

All walks of life are attracted to the idyllic surrounds of the Liffey Valley for all manner of reasons. Jane Longhurst explores the poetry, art and inspirational nature of the region in conversation with local characters.

Sunday 14 March. 11:30am – 1:00pm
Free, capacity within this venue is strictly limited, bookings are essential.

The Liffey Youth Poetry Prize was created for Ten Days on the Island, and will feature readings from the winners of the inaugural prize, inside the delightful Liffey Hall. The theme for the prize is Looking Out & Looking In – a reflection on the tumultuous year that was 2020, and how it has shaped and changed us.

Sunday 14 March, 2:00pm, 3:00pm & 4:00pm (60 minutes)
Free, capacity within this venue is strictly limited, bookings are essential.

A sensory walking exploration for the public by Eddie James, with Bert Spinks. Walk On will draw on both Zen meditation and Tasmanian bush tradition, and will offer a hopeful, textural and meditative experience of connection, and expression bringing in elements of folklore, ecology and meditative instruction, while also incorporating soundscapes (a mixture of field recordings and music) as well as short instructions for choreographed movements at designated intervals creating a uniquely reflective experience for participants in the Tasmanian landscape.

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