Friday 1 November 2019

Cygnet Town Hall

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The Hall of Writers will fill the Cygnet Town Hall with a book room of authors and publishers - including an Alley of Children’s Books - open to schools and the public to visit, chat to the authors and purchase any books they fall in love with.

The Hall will welcome a wide range of authors and publishers, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s, YA and poetry.

The Basics

When is it?

Friday 1 November 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where is it?

Cygnet Town Hall, Cygnet

Who will be there?

While the panel sessions at Murder She Wrote are crime fiction themed, more than half the stallholders in the Hall may be working in other genres.

Local and Australian authors and publishers of crime and mystery, historical, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, steampunk and other genres, festival participants and the general public.


The Hall will be open to all Festival participants and the general public. You can talk to people about the wondrous nature of your book/s and convince them they HAVE to have it.

To help the spread the word about your work, you will also appear on our website and be included in our printed program as a festival author.

In addition to all forms of crime and mystery, we’d love to see historical, sci-fi, fantasy, romance or even steampunk stalls. If you’ve been to GenreCon or a bookfair traderoom, you’ve got the idea!

We’d like to see a mix of established authors who will offer support and encouragement to newly published authors, and brand new authors who are ready to take their first steps in interacting directly with potential new readers.

Each stall will be suitable for either one publisher or up to three authors who organise among themselves to share a stall.

In addition to an open category, there will be sections in the Hall reserved for:

  • Australian crime fiction authors (including Tasmanian crime and mystery fiction and TasNoir authors) and Australian publishers of any genre,

  • Huon Valley authors, including children’s authors, and

  • Huon Valley food, wine and spirit authors.

Please note that the definition of Huon Valley may be interpreted quite broadly, and authors from the Far South, Channel and Bruny Island areas are encouraged to apply, as well as authors with a connection to the Huon Valley and surrounds.

A Bit More Detail

How many stalls are available?

Twenty stalls are available overall. TAF2019 provides a table and chairs.

The Hall will be divided into the following categories:

  • Open

  • Australian publishers of any genre

  • Australian crime fiction (incl. Tasmanian crime and mystery fiction and TasNoir)

  • Australian fiction (historical, sci-fi, fantasy etc.) with a crime or mystery element

  • Alley of Children’s Books

  • Huon Valley and southern Tasmanian authors of any genre

  • Huon Valley and southern Tasmanian food and drink authors

What do I need to provide?

You provide your books (obviously), all dressing for your stall and the ability to conduct online and cash financial transactions.

How much?

$45 per stall, plus GST for a total of $49.50. Up to three authors may share a stall (one payment per stall).

Please note that we have already had more enquiries to join the Hall of Writers than we will be able to accommodate.

We will contact everyone who has enquired to ensure they have the opportunity to apply and we will ensure the selection criteria are clear and the selection process is fair.


The Process

This is a two stage process.

For Stage One, fill out the application form and submit it electronically by midnight Thursday 20 June 2019.

If you are selected, you will be asked to provide other supporting material that will be included on the festival website.

What are the criteria for selection?

Our overall goal for the Hall of Writers is to bring a range of writers and their potential readers together.

We are looking for a mix of participants. We want established authors who will support and encourage emerging authors and newly published authors who are learning how to promote themselves.

We will consider the following criteria:

  • A sale-ready product

  • Ability to set up and run a stall professionally. We welcome creativity in presentation.

  • Ability to self-promote

  • Willingness to support/promote other writers

  • Participation in other parts of TAF2019


We intend to make a final selection by 30 June 2019. You will be notified of the outcome by email.

Should we receive more applicants than we can accommodate, we will establish a waitlist.

Terms and Conditions


The Hall will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the day.

You will be required to set up at a specific time between 8:00 am and 9.45 am, and to pack down and clear the area quickly after 4:00 pm so set up for Noir at the Bar event can begin.

Please note that if you do not arrive at your allotted set-up time, or make contact to let us know where you are, your stall allocation may be given to someone who is on the waitlist.

Promotion of Festival

Each author and publisher agrees to share and promote information on the Hall with their social media and other followers.

Inclusivity and Safety

We hope you have a fantastic time at TAF2019, and discover new or exciting elements in the worlds of reading, writing and books.

We thank everyone in advance for helping us to maintain a safe environment by behaving with respect and kindness throughout the festival.

It's important that all participants have an equal opportunity to enjoy TAF2019.

Please note the following.

• TAF2019 is an LGBTQI+ safe space.

• TAF2019 is a convivencia, or co-existence space. Adherents of all religions are welcome; no proselytising.

Child safety policy

Under TAF2019's governance arrangements, we must make all efforts to ensure the festival is a safe space for children and young people.

To that end, all festival staff, volunteers, vendors, panellists and authors must have a valid Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) or Working with Children (WWC) card.

If needed, please contact us to help you apply for one. We strongly advise you to begin the application process by the end of June. It can take quite some time for the application to be processed.

Stall Helper

If you are running a stall on your own, you may have one helper aged over 18 per stall. This person must also have a WWVP check.