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JAN - MAY

2021

About

The Readers & Writers Esperance 2021 program commenced in  January 2021 and culminates with a weekend event at the Bijou Theatre, May 28th to 30th.

 

This series of workshops and events brings together a wide range of voices, storytellers established and emerging, locals and visitors, writers and visual artists, to connect with each other and with our wider community, to share stories, to develop new skills and networks and to nurture creative journeys.

 

The program includes a range of opportunities for creative expression, professional development and collaboration. There are activities for participants of all ages -  from book readings for under 5's, to journaling, poetry, songwriting and scriptwriting  workshops, to techniques for upcycling old books to create wonderful new artworks.

We look forward to connecting with you in the lead up to our weekend of presentations, panels, interviews and book readings at the end of May.

This artwork, "The Power of Words", has been created especially for the Readers and Writers Esperance 2021 program by Nyungar artist Jennell Reynolds (Nannapa). It represents women and men from different groups coming together in Kepa Kurl (Esperance) to share and celebrate different types of storytelling. At the centre of the artwork the powerful flow of language and text forges its way through society, altering perceptions as it goes. 

Presented By

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"The Power of Words" by Jennell Reynolds

Expressions of interest

If you are a local author, illustrator, business, community organisation or avid reader, and would like to be involved in Readers & Writers Esperance 2021 please download and complete the EOI form.

Completed forms to be returned to Esperance Community Arts:

67 Dempster Street, Esperance

admin@esperancecommunityarts.org.au 

 
 

Community Workshops @ Esperance Community Arts Space

Scriptwriting and Presenting for Podcasts and Radio

Part 1:Facilitator: Jenny Davis (Perth)

January 30th & 31st - Introduction to scriptwriting.

March 13th & 14th - Creative Development sessions.

Part 2: Facilitators: Lois Saunders and Kym 'Bid' Bidstrup (Esperance)

February 23rd, 10am or 5pm - Next Steps: Understanding dialogue, performing, recording and editing. These informal meetings will be ongoing. Contact us for more information.

Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness  - Journaling

Facilitator: Megan Warren (Esperance)

February 6th - Journaling techniques.

March 6th - Written Journals.

April 10th - Visual Journals.

 

Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness  - Old and new and blue: cyanotype workshops (Printmaking using pages from old books)

Facilitator: Perdita Phillips (Perth)

February 20th - Introduction to cyanotypes — sun prints and preparing paper

February 21st - More from cyanotypes - Digital negatives and demonstration of toning and wet cyanotypes

Writing Nature

Facilitator: Yann Toussaint (Albany)

February 27th-28th - Half-day creative writing workshops with a focus on nature writing and poetry.

Act-Belong-Commit Resilience for Youth through Arts - Upcycled Journals

Facilitator: Carol Thompson (Kalgoorlie)

March 15th-19th &  April 26th-30th - Workshops series for schools.

Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness  - Book Binding

Facilitator: Kerrie Argent (Lake Grace)

March 20th - 21st - Create your own journal by upcycling old books.

Feedback on Your Fiction  

Facilitator: Carol Hoggart

April 17th- 18th - Calling all fiction writers! Receive friendly and constructive feedback on something you’ve written.

Songwriting Workshops

Facilitator: Sam Carmody (Albany)

March 27th - 28th - Songwriting workshops with award winning novelist and  songwriter.

Putting Pen to Paper

Facilitator: Dorothy Henderson

March 31st & April 7th, 15th, 21st, 29th & May 5th, 13th - Help tell your story, or the stories of others. 

Presenters and activities

LInked EVENTS

Noongar Daa Adaptation and Inspiration 

Presenters: Kylie Bracknell and Clint Bracknell

March 18th, 6pm - 7.30pm

ETNTAC, 11A Shelden Rd, Esperance.

Kylie & Clint are Boomerang and Spear. This presentation will discuss the creative processes behind the Noongar language adaptations of Hecate (Shakespeare’s Macbeth) and Fist of Fury Noongar Daa (Bruce Lee’s 1972 feature film). Rather than being direct translations, both works have been reimagined in a Noongar framework. Hecate and Fist of Fury Noongar Daa are inspirational world firsts and draw on Boomerang and Spear’s combined 50 years experience in the creative arts. They will share behind the scenes footage, songs and firsthand stories.

Light supper provided.

Presented by Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation. 

 Other Activities

Paint Esperance REaD

In partnership with Escare Incorporated, Esperance Community Arts will be presenting 2 book readings per month for children under 5 years and their families from February to May. Readings will feature stories by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors and will take place from 10am - 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the last week of each month at Esperance Community Arts Space (67 Dempster St, opposite the Museum).

February: Tuesday 23rd & Thursday 25th 

March: Tuesday 23rd & Thursday 25th

April : Tuesday 27th & Thursday 29th

May: Tuesday 25th & Thursday 27th

 

* Please note: children MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Learn more about Paint the Town REaD

Visit the PTTR website to find out about this national program designed to engage the whole community to assist with promoting early years literacy through reading, singing, drawing and a range of other activities with children under 5 years to help prepare them for school.

Artist Call Out

An exhibition of artworks created from recycled books

We are inviting local artists and other community members to submit works created from old books for our Readers & Writers Esperance 2021 Exhibition. The theme for the exhibition is ‘Living on the Edge’.. Help us to keep books out of local landfill by demonstrating how they can be upcycled into unexpected and inspiring new creations! The Exhibition will feature works by guest artists Kerrie Argent and Jayne Argent from Lake Grace Arts Space.

Submissions due Wednesday 12th May 2021

Exhibition 15th May - 6th June.

Opening Event Saturday 15th May

Esperance Community Arts Space, 67 Dempster St

Visiting Presenters  MAY 28th - 30th

Creative Writers

Kim Scott (Fiction) - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Perth

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Sarah Drummond (Historical Fiction)

Albany

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Sam Carmody (Fiction & Songwriting)

Albany

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Yann Toussaint (Nature writing & poetry) 

Albany

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Jon Doust (Fiction)

Albany

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Non-Fiction Writers

Andrea Gaynor (Environmental History)

Denmark / Perth

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Will Yeoman (Travel Writing)

Perth

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Children's Writers

Briony Stewart

Perth

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Mark Greenwood

Perth

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Frane Lessac (illustrator)

Perth

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Visual Artists

Perdita Phillips

Perth

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Kerrie Argent

Lake Grace

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Carol Thompson

Kalgoorlie

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participating local writers

Fleur McDonald (Fiction)

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Kim Maslin (Children's Fiction)

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Kelsey Browning (Children's Fiction)

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Wanika Fazekas (Romance)

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Nicole Chalmer (Environmental History) 

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Lois Saunders (Biography)

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Megan Warren (Journaling)

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Jennifer Ford (Archivist)

Carol Hoggart (Historical Fiction)

Kym 'Bid' Bidstrup (Film maker)

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Partners and Sponsors

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Readers & Writers Esperance 2021 is presented by Esperance Community Arts.

It is coordinated with the support of a dedicated volunteer subcommittee.

This project is partly supported through the State Government's Royalties for Regions Program as part of the Regional  Arts and Cultural Investment Program, and Regional Arts WA.

Thank you to all our project sponsors and our core funding partners

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  • 07 Apr, 11:00 am – 13 May, 1:00 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    work with you to help you tell your story, or the stories of others. Participants are encouraged to bring work with them, or start new work. This is an opportunity to share ideas and thoughts during the workshops in a safe and non-threatening space.
  • 30 Apr, 1:00 pm AWST – 11 May, 4:00 pm AWST
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Create your own artworks from recycled books. Drop into our open studio for an hour or two or three to work on your own book art creations for our Readers & Writers Esperance 2021 Exhibition. Please note that registration is not mandatory, drop in on the selected dates & time when you're free!
  • 15 May, 1:00 pm – 06 Jun, 4:00 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    We are inviting local artists and other community members to submit works created from old books for our Readers & Writers Esperance 2021 Exhibition. Please note that registration is not mandatory, this is an open public event, drop in when you're free!
  • 17 Apr, 10:00 am – 18 Apr, 3:00 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Calling all fiction writers! Would you like some friendly and constructive feedback on something you’ve written? This two day workshop runs 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th April. Read more details below.
  • 10 Apr, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Writer & actor “Bid” Bidstrup invites you to learn the basics of the global phenomenon that is podcasting. Whether it's for fun, profit or just to join the global conversation on your favourite subject, podcasting is now within the reach of virtually anyone with a computer and a good idea.
  • 10 Apr, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Esperance Community Arts, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Workshop facilitated by Megan Warren. Workshop Three - Art Journaling A different perspective on journaling, an introduction to art journaling and the options that it offers. Create a journal page from magazine or book images, add words or keep it as a visual entry. Click RSVP for more information.
  • 27 Mar, 10:30 am – 28 Mar, 3:30 pm
    Esperance Community Arts, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Music lyric writing is a complex, mysterious art. In this workshop, novelist and award-winning songwriter Sam Carmody will examine the process of turning sounds into poetry and discuss the importance that imagery plays in writing effective, memorable lyrics. Click on 'Register'for more information.
  • 20 Mar, 10:30 am – 21 Mar, 3:30 pm
    Esperance Community Arts, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Presented by Kerrie Argent Create your own journal from old books . Have you ever thought of up-cycling your old encyclopaedias to create journals that you can use for new work or to give away as gifts? This is a fun workshop over two days that allows you to give new life to old paper.
  • 16 Mar, 3:30 pm – 18 Mar, 5:00 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Art-making is good for health and well being and can be lots of fun. These free community workshops are facilitated by visiting artist, Carol Thompson. Participants will create visual journals from old books whilst also exploring the idea of personal resilience.
  • 13 Mar, 10:30 am – 14 Mar, 2:30 pm
    Esperance Community Arts, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    13th & 14th March Creative Development sessions with Jenny Davis.
  • 06 Mar, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Esperance Community Arts, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    One workshop facilitated by Megan Warren. Workshop Two - Found Word Journaling Create a journal page using found words from old magazines or books, or use the words to jump start a journal entry. Participants will need a pen. Bring your own notebook / journal. Click on RSVP for more information.
  • 27 Feb, 10:30 am AWST – 28 Feb, 3:30 pm AWST
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Two workshops facilitated by Yann Toussaint over 27th & 28th February, 10.30-3.30 each day. Explore how environmental poetry, creative non-fiction, and ‘the new nature writing’ can help us give voice to the stories of this country and the more-than-human world we share.
  • 20 Feb, 11:30 am – 21 Feb, 3:30 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Presented by Perdita Phillips 11.30am - 3.30pm 20th Feb & 10am - 2.30pm 21st Feb: Create prints using sunlight, pages of old books and digital images at this two day workshop. Come along to day 1 to for an introduction to the cyanotype process or come along to both days to extend your skills.
  • 06 Feb, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Facilitated by Megan Warren. Workshop One - Introduction to Journaling For anyone who has ever thought about keeping a journal and doesn't know where to start and for those who have kept journals and want to explore other journaling possibilities. Click on 'Register' for more information.
  • 30 Jan, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Two workshops facilitated by Jenny Davis. Click on 'RSVP' for more information. 30 Jan 2021 10:30am - 30 jan 2021 2:30pm

Program Duration

January - May 2021

Culminating Event

28th - 30th May 2021

Venues

Esperance Community Arts Space

67 Dempster Street

Esperance WA 6450

The Bijou Theatre

115 Dempster Street

Esperance WA 6450

Contact

For more information about the program please contact us.

admin@esperancecommunityarts.org.au // 9072 1158