Books, reading and writing
Hobart has many literary services and resources for books, reading and writing around the city.
Tasmanian Writers Centre
Tasmania’s inspirational landscape, contemplative spaces and sharp minds have inspired writers for many years. The Tasmanian Writers Centre serves both readers and writers with its public program.
This independent bookshop and publisher in the city centre is much loved by Hobartian readers. Fullers hosts author readings and discussions, as well as casual meetings in its cafe.
Profoundly active in the community of Tasmania, the Hobart Bookshop is rich with literary offerings, many of which are from Tasmanian authors, photographers and artists.
Hobart's monthly spoken word and performance poetry event is held at various venues in or close to the city centre.
LINC Tasmania (State Library of Tasmania)
The public library encompasses the latest publications, research facilities, a new look at history and open programs that make it a welcoming spot to soak up the myriad stories on offer in Hobart.
Based in Hobart, Island is a print-only quarterly literary magazine full of ideas, writing and culture. It is available in newsagents and bookshops.
Tasmania 40° South
A quarterly Tasmanian journal with eloquent writing and superb photography, Tasmania 40° South features the wilderness and wildlife, culture, epicure, history, industry and people of Tasmania. It is available in newsagents and bookshops.
Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes
The Premier's Literary Prizes, presented biennially in Hobart, celebrate the richness of writing and writers across the state and reflect the particular influence that Tasmania has on storytelling. The work of past winners is available in bookshops and through the LINC Tasmania (State Library of Tasmania).
Australian Script Centre
Home to a collection of over 1300 contemporary Australian plays, the centre is based in Hobart’s Salamanca Arts Centre and selectively collects, promotes and distributes scripts locally, nationally and internationally.
The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is a nationally-significant collection of rare books, manuscripts and other heritage items bequeathed by the late Henry Allport in 1965 and held at LINC Tasmania (State Library of Tasmania) in Hobart.