Tasmania’s Tipping Point
Once the Apple Isle, Tasmania’s size and isolation made it the butt of mainland jokes. But those qualities – and its stunning natural environment – are now seen as major advantages. And the buzz (and tourism) generated by MONA, and the island’s new identity as a research hub, suggests times are changing. Favel Parrett, Jo Chandler and Scott Rankin talk Tassie to celebrate Griffith Review’s Tasmania edition, with its editor, Natasha Cica.
In 2011, Favel Parrett's career was launched with her critically acclaimed debut Past the Shallows. A heart-breaking novel, it was sold internationally, shortlisted in the prestigious Miles Franklin Award and won the Dobbie Literary Award. Favel herself won the ABIA Newcomer of the Year Award in 2012. Her next novel, When the Night Comes, was also critically acclaimed and further consolidated Favel's reputation with booksellers and readers. Favel's short stories have been published in various journals including Island, Griffith Review and Wet Ink. There Was Still Love is Favel's eagerly awaited third novel.
Natasha Cica is director of the Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society at the University of Tasmania, which advances the university’s community engagement and thought leadership agenda. In 2012 she was awarded an inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.
Jo Chandler is an award-winning freelance Australian journalist, author and editor. She has filed news and features from assignments across sub-Saharan Africa, Papua New Guinea, rural and remote Australia, Antarctica and Afghanistan. She has earned distinctions as an essayist, profile writer and narrative journalist, and is recognised across a range of specialty areas: science; environment; health; human rights; aid and development.
Jo teaches journalism at the University of Melbourne and is editor of The Citizen.
Scott Rankin is a writer, director and the creative director of Big hART. He is currently making new work in the Pilbara WA, Tasmania, NSW, ACT, NT, SA, as well as international touring works.