Join a Skywriters hub
MARCH & APRIL: Are you a creative writer, or dream of becoming one?
Have you gazed at the night sky with wonder, curiosity and awe?
Yes? Then you are ready to become a Skywriter!
Writers and aspiring writers are invited to join the Big Skies Collaboration Skywriters project to author stories, in any genre, about their own or other people (or beings’?) relationships with celestial phenomena in our Southern Sky.
Update: Astronomer Trevor Leaman (of the Wiradjuri Astronomy Project) will be guest speaker at the Orange and Skywriters hubs launches Friday 7 April 12.30 at Orange City Library and Saturday 8 April 11am at Cowra Library.
Skywriters Hubs will be based at local libraries with workshops and other activities held throughout the year.
Skywriters launch dates:
- Bathurst City Library – Saturday 11 March, 11am
- Condobolin Library – Wednesday 15 March, 12-2pm
- Grenfell Library – Monday 20 March, 12-2pm
- Warren Library – Tuesday 21 March, 12.30
- Parkes Shire Library – Wednesday 22 March, 12pm
- Macquarie Library, Dubbo – Thursday 23 March, 5.30pm
- Coonabarabran Library – Friday 24 March, 12.30
- Gilgandra Library – Saturday 25 March, 1pm
- Narrabri Library – Monday 27 March, 5.30pm
- Forbes Shire Library – Thursday 6 April, 1pm
- Orange City Library – Friday 7 April, 12.30
- Cowra Library – Saturday 8 April, 11am
The Skywriters Project is part of a larger initiative, the Big Skies Collaboration, a creative coming together of arts practitioners, astronomers and local communities to celebrate millennia of astronomies on the inland plains and share their stories about their own or other people’s relationships with the cosmos in rural, inland Australia.
The local launches will be a chance for local authors and aspiring authors to learn more about the project, to be inspired by other people’s experience of our southern sky, and to meet other like-minded people.
The Skywriters Project is led by Forbes-based author and scholar Dr Merrill Findlay.
“Big Skies Collaboration invites writers to tell their own stories, in any genre, about people’s relationships with the sky, as experienced from central New South Wales and the ACT,“ Dr Findlay said. “We have all gazed at the night sky in awe and wonder at some time in our lives, or enjoyed spectacular sun rises and sun sets, or remember the first sputnik, or that first Moon Walk, for example. So everyone has a great sky story to tell!
How Skywriters Hubs will work
Throughout 2017-18 Dr Findlay will lead face-to-face workshops at each of the Skywriters Hubs, to support local writers as they develop their skills, gain confidence, and complete their own literary works to publishable quality. In addition to these sessions online support will be provided. Other events will also be held so writers from throughout inland NSW and the ACT can get to know one another and possibly establish a supportive rural writers network.
Participating Skywriters will be invited to create sky stories of up to 3,000 words about their own or other people’s (or other beings?) relationships with celestial phenomena. Finished works – fiction, nonfiction, prose or poetry – will be published on the Big Skies Collaboration website, and may also be included in a Skywriters’ anthology to be published in 2019, the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on Earth’s moon.
Participation in the Skywriters Project is FREE. Anyone with an interest in writing or storytelling in invited to take part. Sign up at your participating library or at bigskiescollaboration.wordpress.com/projects/skywriters/
The project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund (RAF), which supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural and remote Australia to give artists and communities better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts. Big Skies Collaboration partner Arts OutWest secured $24,500 over two years from RAF for two elements of this cultural intervention: the Skywriters Project and Art of Wiradjuri Constellations.
Other Big Skies Collaborators are also developing performance, visual arts, literary, and music events for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 2019.
More about the Big Skies Collaboration project: https://bigskiescollaboration.wordpress.com