Every part of Australia is, always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the palawa – original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

If These Halls Could Talk

A Weekend Poetical

Event Warnings

Latecomers will be admitted during a suitable break in the performance

Covid Info

Ten Days on the Island is closely following and implementing all restrictions and recommendations advised by National and State Governments regarding event operations, you can find the relevant government information here.

Contact tracing: Contact information for patrons attending this event will be collected at the point of online, phone or box office ticket purchase. This information will be held for 28 days, in accordance with Government requirements, and used for contact tracing if necessary.

For more information on COVID-19 safety measures in place at Ten Days on the Island, follow this link.

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.

POETRY @ THE MARKETS
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.

GWEN HARWOOD POETRY PRIZE
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. Amy CrutchfieldJohn Kinsella and Katherine Brabon 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.

KARTANYA MAYNARD
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.

LIVING IN THE VALLEY 
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.

YOUTH POETRY PRIZE
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.

WALK ON: A SENSORY WALKING EXPLORATION
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.

Dates & Times

Liffey Hall Sat 13 March 2021 10:00 am Liffey Valley Markets (Free, Non-Ticketed)
Liffey Hall Sat 13 March 2021 1:00 pm Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
Liffey Hall Sat 13 March 2021 3:00 pm Kartanya Maynard
Liffey Hall Sun 14 March 2021 10:00 am Living in the Valley
Liffey Hall Sun 14 March 2021 11:30 am Youth Poetry Prize
Lower Liffey Falls Carpark Sun 14 March 2021 2:00 pm Walk On: A Sensory Walking Exploration
Lower Liffey Falls Carpark Sun 14 March 2021 3:00 pm Walk On: A Sensory Walking Exploration
Lower Liffey Falls Carpark Sun 14 March 2021 4:00 pm Walk On: A Sensory Walking Exploration

Venue Details

Liffey Hall

Liffey Rd, Liffey TAS 7301

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Lower Liffey Falls Carpark

Liffey Falls Track, Liffey TAS 7301

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