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


This series of workshops and events has bought 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 has included a range of opportunities for creative expression, professional development and collaboration, with 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.

See the video of how the finale event went and all the work that was done in this program. Our schools program also ran from 27th -28th engaging around 1500 students from 13 schools in the Esperance region thank to schools coordinator Lesley Mather.

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"The Power of Words" by Jennell Reynolds

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. 



While this is a free community program, Esperance Community Arts incurs ongoing costs associated with program coordination and management. Any donation you can make will assist us to continue delivering accessible and inclusive activities for our community. Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible. If you would like to make a donation now, please click here.

Alternatively you can make a direct donation via EFT (BSB: 036-150 ACCOUNT: 283565) . Cash donations will also be invited at this event.

Presented By



Professor Kim Scott   Edge-wise

Sat 29th May, 4-5pm

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Kim Scott is an award-winning novelist, having twice won the Miles Franklin Award (for Benang and That Deadman Dance) among many other Australian literary prizes. His most recent novel is Taboo. Proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar, Kim is also founder and chair of Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories ( ). Kim is currently Professor of Writing in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University.

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28TH - 30TH MAY

Join us for the Grand Finale of our Readers and Writers Esperance 2021 Program. This weekend of events featuring visiting writers and Esperance writers is the culmination of 5 months of workshops designed to establish new connections and develop new skills in our community for telling local stories. Scroll down to Events or click here to  register.

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Author Interviews with

Carol Hoggart and Lois Saunders.


Click on the photos to listen to Esperance authors and RaWE subcommittee members Carol and Lois talking about why they are looking forward to the Readers and Writers Esperance 2021 Program.

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Presenters and activities

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. 


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. 

Esperance Climate Action Group 2040 Creative Writing Competition 

Entries due 24th May


Book Launch -  Nicole Chalmer , Fri  28th May, 5-6pm, The Bijou Theatre

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Free Writing Workshop for young people, Esperance Museum, 28th May, 4.30 - 6pm.

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Book Reading with Jodi McNish, Esperance Public Library , 29th May,10am

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Book Launch, Our Art, Our Culture, Our Way : Kepa Kurl Community Arts Programs 2016 -2021, Saturday May 29th, 5.30-7.30pm, Esperance Bay Yacht Club.

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Southern Scribes Travel Writing Workshop Series: with Will
Yeoman, Travel Writer at the West Australian, 26th & 27th May, Hopetoun

Venue:  Mary Ann Haven, Veal Street, Hopetoun. For bookings and details contact Dellis from the Southern Scribes  on 0429 329 229


Wednesday 26th May
2.00 - 5.00pm: Field Notes
6.00 - 8.00pm: Tools of the Trade

Thursday 27th May
9.00 - 12.00pm: From Parrots to Poets

For more information about these sessions please click here to download the workshop descriptions.

Presenter: Travel writer and photographer Will Yeoman has been a journalist for The West Australian for nearly 15 years, during which time he has held a number of other positions at the paper, including Literary Editor and Senior Arts Writer. He is also a regular contributor to classical music magazines Gramophone (UK) and Limelight (Australia). He was director of Perth Writers Festival in 2018 and 2019, and founder and director of New Norcia Writers Festival, which ran between 2015 and 2019. A keen classical guitarist, Will regularly performs with The West’s Travel Editor, novelist and spoken word artist Stephen Scourfield.

 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 session cancelled)


* 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.

Exhibition : On the Edge ...

An exhibition of artworks created from recycled books


Exhibition 22nd May - 6th June.

Opening Event Saturday 22nd May, 2-4pm 

Esperance Community Arts Space, 67 Dempster St

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Visiting Presenters  MAY 28th - 30th

Creative Writers

Kim Scott (Fiction) - KEYNOTE SPEAKER


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Sarah Drummond (Historical Fiction)


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Sam Carmody (Fiction & Songwriting)


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Yann Toussaint (Nature writing & poetry) 


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Jon Doust (Fiction)


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Non-Fiction Writers

Children's Writers

Andrea Gaynor (Environmental History)

Denmark / Perth

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Will Yeoman (Travel Writing)


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Briony Stewart


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Mark Greenwood


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Frane Lessac


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Nola Smith


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Visual Artists

Perdita Phillips


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Kerrie Argent

Lake Grace

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Carol Thompson


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participating local writers

Fleur McDonald (Fiction)

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Kim Maslin (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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Register for events

To register for sessions at the Grand Finale, click on Readers and Writers Esperance 2021 Grand Finale event below. Clicking on the RSVP button will take you to the ticket section where you can register for full days or individual sessions. 

Download the full program here


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

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  • Book Launch : 'Our Art, Our Culture, Our Way: Kepa Kurl Community Arts Programs 2016-2021'
    29 May 2021, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm AWST
    Esperance, The Esplanade, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Join Esperance Seawater Families, Escare and Esperance Community Arts for the launch of our self-published book documenting and celebrating 6 years of Indigenous arts partnerships and programming in Esperance.
  • Grand Finale - Readers and Writers Esperance 2021
    29 May 2021, 9:00 am – 30 May 2021, 5:00 pm
    The Bijou Theatre , 115 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Two days of presentations, workshops, panels and readings with visiting and local writers. Click RSVP for more information.
  • Meet and Greet: Readers and Writers Esperance 2021
    28 May 2021, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    The Bijou Theatre, Esperance, 115 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Meet and Greet Opening Event
  • Book Launch: Nicole Chalmer, 'Ecoagriculture for a Sustainable Food Future'
    28 May 2021, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    The Bijou Theatre, Esperance, 115 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Join us for the official launch of Dr Nicole Chalmer’s book, 'Ecoagriculture for a Sustainable Food Future'. The book will be launched by Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor.
  • On The Edge Of .. An exhibition of artworks created from recycled books , 22nd May - 6 June
    22 May 2021, 2:00 pm – 06 June 2021, 4:00 pm
    Esperance Community Arts , 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    These artworks have been created from old books and other recycled materials and provide inspiring examples of upcycling and storytelling through art-making.
  • Writing on the Edge ...
    08 May 2021, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Facilitator Megan Warren will explore the Readers and Writers Esperance 2021 theme of 'Living on the Edge’.
  • Book Art Studio Days
    30 Apr 2021, 1:00 pm AWST – 11 May 2021, 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!
  • Feedback On Your Fiction
    17 Apr 2021, 10:00 am – 18 Apr 2021, 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.
  • From Passion To Podcast
    10 Apr 2021, 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.
  • Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness -Visual Journaling
    10 Apr 2021, 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.
  • Putting Pen to Paper: Your Stories
    07 Apr 2021, 11:00 am – 13 May 2021, 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.
  • Songwriting Workshop with Sam Carmody
    27 Mar 2021, 10:30 am – 28 Mar 2021, 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.
  • Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness - Book Binding
    20 Mar 2021, 10:30 am – 21 Mar 2021, 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.
  • Act-Belong-Commit Resilience for Youth Through Arts  - Make Your Own Journal
    16 Mar 2021, 3:30 pm – 18 Mar 2021, 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.
  • Scriptwriting for Radio Plays & Podcasts
    13 Mar 2021, 10:30 am – 14 Mar 2021, 2:30 pm
    Esperance Community Arts, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    13th & 14th March Creative Development sessions with Jenny Davis.
  • Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness -Written journals
    06 Mar 2021, 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.
  • Writing Nature
    27 Feb 2021, 10:30 am AWST – 28 Feb 2021, 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.
  • Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness - Printmaking (Cyanotypes)
    20 Feb 2021, 11:30 am – 21 Feb 2021, 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.
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