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.
"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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Kim Scott (Fiction) - KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Sarah Drummond (Historical Fiction)
Sam Carmody (Fiction & Songwriting)
Yann Toussaint (Nature writing & poetry)
Jon Doust (Fiction)
Andrea Gaynor (Environmental History)
Denmark / Perth
Will Yeoman (Travel Writing)
Frane Lessac (illustrator)
participating local writers
Fleur McDonald (Fiction)
Kim Maslin (Children's Fiction)
Kelsey Browning (Children's Fiction)
Wanika Fazekas (Romance)
Nicole Chalmer (Environmental History)
Lois Saunders (Biography)
Megan Warren (Journaling)
Jennifer Ford (Archivist)
Carol Hoggart (Historical Fiction)
Kym 'Bid' Bidstrup (Film maker)
Register for events
Partners and Sponsors
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