Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words
Beaconsfield in the West Tamar and became famous Australia-wide in 2006 because of a disaster at the town’s iconic gold mine. In 2012, that mine closed.
But did that closure faze the people of the West Tamar? No way! The West Tamar is home to some very resilient and creative people.
Beaconsfield, which once had 300 gold mines and the richest lode in Australia, is named after Lord Beaconsfield – Benjamin Disraeli, former British prime minister and a hugely successful novelist in his day. With that literary background as a springboard, the people of the West Tamar decided to mine the natural and human resources of their valley.
And they struck cultural gold, as they found the community crowding round to support the annual Festival of Golden Words. And what a Festival it’s going to be!
‘I’ll be there. Will you?’
Bestselling children’s author and comedian Wendy Harmer
While centred in Beaconsfield, from the Australian Maritime College at Beauty Point to the Aspect Tamar Valley Resort at the village of Grindelwald, the Festival is going to use a variety of venues throughout the valley, including iconic Tasmanian vineyards.
In Beaconsfield itself, where the Festival marquee will be located, venues involved in the Festival include the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, the Two Door Cafe, Red Ruby Restaurant, Beaconsfield Primary School, and all three of the town’s pubs – the Club, Exchange, and Ophir.
'The Festival has wide community enthusiasm behind it'
Hon Lara Giddings, MHA, Premier of Tasmania
The Festival’s Convener, Stephen Dando-Collins, himself a bestselling author of 30 books published around the world in numerous languages, and a resident of Beaconsfield, is promising a Festival program with something for everyone.
“We’re looking at a program involving more than 40 authors and expert chairpersons,” he says.
But you’ll just have to be patient to see what’s on the main marquee program, which will be free to the public.