TAF2019  welcomes partners, sponsors and donors

TAF2019 welcomes partners, sponsors and donors


‘Once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky, you get to create a brand new event to celebrate everything you love. For me, those loves - those passions - are reading, writing and crime fiction, and that event is the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival in the gorgeous Huon Valley.’ - L.J.M. Owen

Seeking Festival Partners

We love our existing festival partners - listed below - but we’d love more.

If you’d like to be part of delivering TAF2019 - helping to create a magnificent new Australian literary festival, supporting artistic endeavour in the Huon Valley, and/or promoting local literacy - we’d like to hear from you.

A list of opportunities to become presenting or staging partners - or to name prizes - may be found here.

We’re happy to consider combinations of cash and in-kind.

Please contact us to discuss a package - or variations of them.

I would kill to be at the Terror Australis Festival, but thankfully I was invited so I won’t need to. - Tara Moss

Why Partner with Us?

Partnering with the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival is an exciting opportunity to align your organisation with this innovative festival, and be part of establishing a brand-new literary festival in Tasmania with national and international investment and exposure.

This event isn’t just a literary festival, it’s also a literacy festival. Like the rest of Tasmania, the Huon Valley has a functional literacy rate of just 50%. We’re working alongside some wonderful literacy organisations to inspire change by helping local readers find their ’gateway’ book – that one story they have to finish.

Alongside our ticketed Murder She Wrote program, celebrating the women of crime fiction, we’ll offer four days of free community events exploring new books to read, connecting readers and writers with each other and expanding the love of reading in the Huon Valley.

Our partnership packages are designed to give your organisation the best possible coverage and value, and may be tailored to suit your organisation’s needs and requirements.

Our four categories of partners are:

·       Presenting Partners

·       Event Partners

·       Program Partners

·       Competition and Prize Partners


A Note from Dr Alison Alexander, Festival Matron

Festivals have been proven to have a beneficial effect on communities, encouraging participation, celebrating the arts, stimulating artistic output which improves community morale and togetherness, and bringing in outsiders who provide extra cash. Such activities are particularly important for rural centres. They are encouraged to see themselves not as some distant area remote from the excitement of the city, but as a vibrant centre humming with creativity and excitement.

The Terror Australia Readers and Writers Festival is of huge benefit to writers in the community, who are encouraged and given opportunities to promote their work. The Festival is also committed to an easily accessible program throughout the Huon Valley, thus benefiting not only one centre.

The Festival has already attracted significant support from mainland attendees, who are injecting cash into the community and booking extended their stays, benefiting the Huon area even more.

The Festival is exceeding expectations in its scope and the number of invested participants. This is a great achievement for a relatively small festival, and indicates excellent planning and organisation. Those providing funds can see that their money will be used to achieve maximum impact.


Tax-Deductible Donations

Through Creative Partnerships Australia, TAF2019 is able to accept tax-deductible donations.

We would appreciate any support you offer. Please contact us at to arrange a donation.

TAF2019 is auspiced by Auspicious Arts Projects Inc. They provide oversight to all budgetary aspects of the festival, handling donations and funds received from partners, as well as providing $20m public liability insurance.


A Note From Dr L.J.M. Owen, TAF2019 Founder and Director

As well as sparking conversations around crime fiction and gender, the festival aims to help address the region’s needs around literacy, professional development and tourism with plenty of free public events; workshops and pitching sessions for writers at all levels; and a food and wine trail that I hope will help local businesses recover after bushfires in January cut short the summer tourist season.

The functional literacy rate of Tasmania’s adult population is only 50% – the lowest in Australia. Terror Australis is working with the state’s literacy and numeracy network, 26TEN, as well as local libraries, to offer a program of free events designed to support literacy for both adults and children.

We want people to find that ‘gateway’ book that they fall in love with … If you really want to know what happens at the end of a story, that can help you to struggle through some of the words that are a bit unfamiliar.

Please help us inspire the love of reading.


As a local writer it's so exciting to see a festival like this coming to Cygnet. I hope that the Tasmanian landscape inspires all these writers to come back and write books set here! There are so many pretty spots around our state where a fictional body or two could be discovered. - Tansy Rayner Roberts

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TAF2019 would like to thank it’s wonderful partners, supporters and contributors.


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