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Tasmania’s Tipping Point


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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.


Favel Parrett

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 ... Read more

Natasha Cica

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. Just 12 Australians were selected for these... Read more

Jo Chandler

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 na... Read more

Scott Rankin

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. Big hART is Scott’s passionate contribution to art and society. Now in its 21st year of designing and del... Read more


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