Social Events

AATE and ALEA conferences have a reputation for delivering fun, informative and friendly social events to enhance your experience at our national conference. Hobart in 2017 will be no exception.

Thursday afternoon – Red Decker Bus Tour

Thursday 6 July, 2-4pm
Price: $25 per person
Departure point: Wrest Point Hotel and Convention Centre

Jump on board one of the Red Decker’s Top Decker Buses and explore some of Hobart’s most exciting and cutting edge attractions. This is the perfect activity for anyone wanting to get a taste of what Hobart has to offer. There will be plenty of photo opportunities during the two hour city tour. Hop off at the Cascade Brewery or the Botantical Gardens and explore at your leisure. You will be collected and dropped off at Wrest Point Hotel and Convention Centre.

Thursday evening – Conference Opening and Welcome Reception

Thursday 6 July, 6pm
Price: included in the cost of registration with additional tickets available for $50
Venue: Wrest Point Hotel and Convention Centre

Join us on the evening of Thursday 6th July at 6pm for the Conference Opening followed by the Welcome Reception at 7.30pm. This event is included in your registration but for catering purposes please indicate if you will be attending. Partners are welcome to purchase a ticket to attend for an additional cost of $50.

Friday Evening - Ghost Tour at the Hobart Penitentiary

Friday 7 July, 7.30-9.00pm
Price: $25 per person
Venue: Hobart Penitentiary, 6 Brisbane St / Cnr Brisbane & Campbell Streets, Hobart

Explore the spine tingling moments that are the stories of lost souls whose energies are bound forever within the masonry walls of Hobart's Penitentiary Chapel.

Originally designed as a Chapel for the growing male convict population in Hobart Town, there was also the inclusion of 36 solitary confinement punishment cells, unlit and poorly ventilated, constructed beneath the Chapel floor. The Chapel served the adjoining Prisoners Barracks or Penitentiary. The site later became the Hobart Gaol.

Today the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site remains a fascinating insight into Colonial Tasmania.

Note: the maximum number for the Ghost Tour is 25. Another tour at 8.00 pm may be available.

Saturday morning - Literary Breakfasts (choice of two)

Saturday 8 July, 7.15 am
Price: $50 per person
Venue: Wrest Point Hotel and Convention Centre

Angela Meyer

Writer, commissioning editor, professional reader, Melburnian, whisky-drinker, Bowie nut, movie-lover, vintage fan, absurdist.

Angela Meyer embodies the multi-faceted 'Cutting Edge' Writer of now. She is the author of a book of flash fiction, entitled 'Captives' (Inkerman & Blunt), and the editor of an anthology of spooky Australian stories, 'The Great Unknown' (Spineless Wonders).

Angela Meyer is a writer and commissioning editor. She commissions for Echo (Bonnier Publishing Australia) and is behind all of the company's Australian fiction, and some of the nonfiction. She started her career as a bookseller and a blogger (LiteraryMinded), and has also lectured, reviewed books, and interviewed authors at major festivals in Australia and overseas. She has a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Western Sydney. / @literaryminded /

Leigh Hobbs

Author, artist, teacher, European travel explorer, classic music & architecture enthusiast, dog lover.

Leigh Hobbs is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including the iconic ‘Old Tom’, ‘Mr Chicken Goes to Paris’ and ‘Horrible Harriet’.

Leigh has been announced as the Children’s Laureate for 2016-2017. His theme for his term as Laureate is ‘to champion creative opportunities for children, and to highlight the essential role libraries play in nurturing our creative lives. Leigh’s official website is

Saturday evening – A Night at the Museum

Saturday 8 July, 6.00-8.30pm
Price: $65 per person
Venue: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Dunn Place, Hobart

Spend an evening at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) with premium Tasmanian drinks and canapes. The museum’s Central Gallery and historic Bond Store will be open after hours for conference attendees to explore at their leisure.

Explore the convict-built Bond Store, which houses exhibitions that investigate the first 100 years of European occupation of Hobart and Tasmania. Discover the way Europeans responded to the unfamiliar plants and animals they encountered when they first arrived in the new colony. Follow the story of Aboriginal people and colonists following the invasion of lutruwita, now called Tasmania.

Then join us in the Central Gallery, where artefacts from Tasmania and around the world are on display in a stunning showcase that's just as unique as the items it contains. Enjoy premium Tasmanian drinks and canapes under the spectacular lantern roof of the Central Gallery as you mingle with old friends and new acquaintances to share impressions of Tasmania and Cutting Edge ideas from the conference.

Conference Updates

    30th Nov 16

    Registrations are now open!

    Registrations for the 2017 AATE/ALEA national conference are now open. Our friends Evelyn and Jasmine from Ogilvie High School in Tasmania have a message about registrations - see below.

    See all the details, including early bird and member discount offers on the Conference Registration Page.




    7th Sep 16

    We have our own Conference YouTube Channel!

    We're pleased to report that the AATE/ALEA national conference has its own YouTube channel.  There's lots to see already, and we will be progressively loading more resources from current and past conferences. Click the YouTube icon to go straight there.