Guide to the Records of the Tasmanian Writers Union [MSS 157]

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Manuscript Name Records of the Tasmanian Writers Union
Manuscript Number MSS 157
Last Updated June 2022
Extent 8 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Organisational papers of the Tasmanian Writers' Union including minutes, papers, correspondence, and newsletters

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection relates to the Tasmanian Writers’ Union and includes entries for the writers’ directory, correspondence, event programmes, publicity material, membership records, and grant applications. Some material pertains to specific writer residencies such as Eric Beach (1988) and Janine Burke (1986), and events such as the Salamanca Arts Festival

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Organisational History

The Tasmanian Writers’ Union (TWU) produced a newsletter from 1981-1997 as well as a writers’ directory. The TWU was integral to the Salamanca Art Festival, as well as organising readings, residencies, and events for writers. In May 1997 Tasmanian Writers’ Centre was created, incorporating TWU


Administrative Information


Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy

Copying: Copying of material for private study and research is approved

Preferred Citation

Records of the the Tasmanian Writers’ Union, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 157, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


Purchased from the Tasmanian Writers’ Union in two consignments received in 1990 and 1992


Subject Keywords 



Tasmanian Writers’ Union — Archives

Authors, Australian — Tasmania – 20th century

Australian literature — Tasmania – 20th century

Writers’ workshops — Tasmania

Corporate Names

Tasmanian Writers’ Union

Salamanca Arts Festival




Container List


Box 1

Folder 1

Early Salamanca

Folder 2

Salamanca, 1988

Folder 3

Touring and access fund tour, 1986

Tasmanian Writers’ Union, 1984

Folder 4

Tasmanian Writers’ Union, 1984

Tour and access fund tour, 1985

Folder 5

Tasmanian Writers’ Union, 1985, 1986

Folder 6

Tasmanian Writers’ Union, 1981, 1984

Folder 7

Tasmanian Writers’ Union, 1981

Folder 8

Entry for writers’ directory

Folder 9

Tasmanian Writers’ Union - writer’s directory, paste-up


Box 2

Folder 10

Tasmanian Writers’ Union executive meeting - minutes

Tasmanian Writers’ Union, 1984

Folder 11

Eric Beach’s residency, 1988

Folder 12

Eric Beach’s residency, 1988

Folder 13

Touring and access, 1987

Tasmanian Writers’ Union scrapbook

Salamanca Arts Festival, 1986

Tasmanian Writers’ Union grant application, 1986 - Chameleon

Folder 14

Salamanca Festival, 1986

Folder 15

Programme, 1988

Salamanca Arts Festival, 1986

Valerie Miner dinner

Folder 16

Tasmanian Writers’ Union - clippings of visiting authors

Folder 17

Humphrey McQueen reading, 1984


Box 3

Folder 18

General meetings - minutes

Folder 19


Folder 20

Janine Burke residency, 1986

Folder 21

Tasmanian Writers’ Union, 1981, 1982

Folder 22

Tasmanian Writers’ Union, 1983

Folder 23

Miscellaneous papers

Folder 24

Tasmanian Writer’s Union, 1985

Salamanca, 1985

Folder 25

Tasmanian Writers’ Union - writers-in-residence, 1984

H. McQueen

Ouse visit, 1984


Box 4

Folder 26

Tasmanian Writers’ Union - group certificates

Folder 27

Tasmanian Writers’ Union - correspondence, 1980

Folder 28

Carmel Bird

Meeting notes, 1980

Folder 29

Salamanca, 1987

Folder 30

Salamanca writers’ weekend, 22 November 1990 - leaflets, programme, newsletter


Box 5

Folder 31

‘Writers and Schools’ programme

Folder 32

‘Writers and Schools’ programme

Folder 33

‘Writers and Schools’ programme

Salamanca, 1987, 1988

Folder 34

Correspondence with the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board

Folder 35

Correspondence with the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board

Membership records

Folder 36

Membership records

Folder 37

Membership records


Box 6

Folder 38

Membership records

Publicity, 1989, 1990

Salamanca writers’ weekend, 1989

Folder 39

Publicity, 1989, 1990

Folder 40

Publicity, 1989, 1990

Kelly Street bookings


Folder 41

Kelly Street bookings


Folder 42

Correspondence, 1988, 1989

Folder 43

Press releases


Folder 44

Press releases


‘Writers and Words’ - guests, 1990


Box 7

Folder 45

‘Australian Feminist Book Fortnight’, 1989


Folder 46

Tasmanian Writers’ Union - newsletters

Local writers’ programme


Folder 47


Folder 48

Salamanca Arts Centre - correspondence, 1990

Children’s Book Council, 1990

Folder 49

Correspondence, 1990

Richard Ford, Maggie Gee

Folder 50

Literary events with other organisations

Folder 51

Correspondence, 1990 - Salamanca


Box 8

Folder 52

Correspondence, 1990 - Salamanca

Folder 53

Arts Council of New Zealand

Newspaper publicity - Salamanca, 1990

Michael King

Folder 54

Publicity - Salamanca, 1990

Thank-you letters

Correspondence - British Council

Folder 55

Correspondence regarding Maggie Gee

Correspondence with the Literature Board of the Australian Council

Folder 56

Correspondence regarding Salamanca

Folder 57

Correspondence - Salamanca, Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, Fellowship of Australian Writers (Tasmania)

Folder 58


Society of Editors (Tasmania), 1990

Viewpoint, Network News