The Barn at Rosny Farm

Doors open 5pm, 06 February 2019

Tickets General Admission $10 & $15.00 including Bus Bustle

Word Up! Is Clarence City Council’s Summer Series celebration of all things literary and poetic. A multi-event evening featuring:

Bus Bustle – a literal literary adventure.
Write Here, Write Now – Poetry competition.
A Showcase performance by Australian Poetry Slam Champion Jesse Oliver.
A ceremonial book swap with a secondhand book shop. 
A Silent Reading Party presented by Island Magazine & Transportation Press.


Bus Bustle is a literal literary adventure aboard Clarence City Council’s community bus to get you from Hobart to the Eastern Shore and back for Word Up! Meaning you get to revel in merriment with no need to drive. Honouring famous Tasmanian poetry with live performances by established authors.

*Strictly departing from Castray Esplanade outside Princes Wharf 1, Salamanca at 5:45pm and returning on conclusion of the event. This is a limited capacity awesome add on for the first 20 people.


Write Here, Write Now is a poetry competition created by Arielle Cottingham (2016 Australian poetry slam winner) and Rhys Anderson to celebrate and encourage new and local poetry. Thing is, only poets competing have a say in who wins, making them the judges of their peers and decision-makers of taste in their own community.

Poets have 3:30 mins max to perform 1 poem of their own creation that is either about Tasmania (Write Here) or new and never before performed to an audience (Write Now). Competitors have 1 vote each for the winner. Tie breakers decided by host. Limit of 15 competitors. $10 competition entry, Winner takes away $250 cold hard cash!

Hosted by Australian Poetry Slam Champion Jesse Oliver.



A special showcase performance by Australian Poetry Slam Champion Jesse Oliver.

“Jesse Oliver is an Australian Poetry Slam Champion who wields his poetry like an end of times sign. He’s featured at festivals internationally and around Australia, including the National Young Writers Festival where, this year, he will be returning as Co-Director. Jesse likes to write about his lived experiences in fantastical themes like aliens or dreamscapes, and generally being wholesome.


Ceremonial book swap and second hand book shop.

To honour the words that shape our lives.  All patrons of Word Up! are expected to bring with them a book that has transformed or changed their life, a book with words that matter. Second hand of course! There will be a ceremonial book swap in which we pass the book on to the person next to us. And let that little book bird free…

A small collection of well loved books will also be available for sale.


Silent Reading Party.

(Free entry after 8pm)

Do you find it difficult to carve out time in your day to read? Does life get in the way when you just want to relax and make a start on your growing to-read list? Sounds like you need to attend a Silent Reading Party!

Enjoy food and drinks while you silently read for 90 minutes in the presence of other book worms. BYO book or borrow one from our collection of books and literary magazines.

Presented by Island magazine and Transportation Press.

Book on Eventbrite


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