Tasmania – creative paradise


Apple Isle
Apple Isle


So this is edition #151 of Island Magazine!

Managing Editor Vern Field thought it was time to concentrate on the wealth of Tasmanian writing talent – and came up with the apple idea. So together with the wonderful Island General Manager Kate Harrison and photographer Jack Robert-Tissot we trucked off to the apple orchards of the Huon to Willie Smith’s great venue. The brilliant Sophia Pafitis helped me look glamorous, and Jack did the rest. There was also some brilliant post-production work done by Malcolm Proctor. (Thank you Mal!).

But it’s what’s within the pages of this edition that surpasses the cover entirely! So many great words, ideas and writers – James Dryburgh, Melanie Tait, Carmel Bird and many more – and there’s also the transcript of the conversation the gorgeous Benjamin Law and I had in Hobart following the Stella Prize.

If you’re not a subscriber, it’s time you were! And at the very least, run out and get a copy and support Tasmania’s brilliant literary journal and all it’s writers and creators.



2 thoughts on “Tasmania – creative paradise”

  1. I have just finished reading my first Heather Rose novel, The River Wife, and I am going to do something I have never done before in a long life of reading (73 years) and that is, start reading it again immediately. It is so beautifully written, wise and thoughtful, prophetic and intensely observant of the natural order of things.
    Then I will read the other books.

  2. Dear Jane,
    Thank you so much for your gorgeous note. I am delighted to receive it. Please forgive the long delay since you wrote. I have been finishing my next novel and have been immersed in that.

    Thank you again – the River Wife is a very precious novel to me too – so I am especially touched by your words.

    With love and happy reading,


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