Getting people into the library with Words Out West

Western Downs Libraries are taking the concept of extending our reach and realising our potential to new heights for the Western Downs region with the very first Words Out West Readers & Writers Festival from 14-16 February 2020.

Words Out West Western Downs Readers & Writers Fest. Friday 14 to Sunday 16 February 2020.

It’s an unfortunate preconception that writers festivals can seem a little stuffy, so Words Out West is taking a different approach. We’re not just interested in words that sit on a page, but words that do — words that inspire, words that uncover, words that excite, and even words that teach you how to bake a cake. And a large part of the festival will happen in the library with a whole new audience ready to discover what libraries have to offer.

Featured guests include Kurt Fearnley, John Marsden, Fleur McDonald, Rachael Treasure and Isobelle Carmody.

The Words Out West event program will be separated into five distinct attractions catering to audiences across the Western Downs and beyond:

Writer’s Retreat
Hidden away amongst the ancient trees of the Bunya Mountains, an intimate group of emerging authors will discover how to think, write, publish and promote like an expert in an immersive overnight writing retreat experience. Delivered in partnership with Queensland Writer’s Centre.

School Engagement Day
Local early education centres and schools will be invited to engage with key literacy themes through a range of workshops, presentations and hands-on activities at MyALL 107, the cultural hub of Dalby. The precinct will be transformed with interactive displays and spaces to encourage curiosity, creativity and inquiry.

Main Festival Days
Held at MyALL 107 (home of Dalby Library), the Main Festival Day will combine the best of local and national talent in the writing realm. Concurrent sessions will feature keynote presentations, panels, and workshops across a number of popular and emergent genres. A satellite event at Thomas Jack Park will cater especially to the under 5s with authors Gregg Driese, Scott Rheuben and Jo Cuskelly.

Words Out West Gala Dinner
Held at the recently refurbished Dalby Events Centre, and featuring Paralympian Kurt Fearnley as guest speaker, this will be a night of refined country glamour under our big skies followed by a sit-down meal, live music and dancing.

Ticket are on sale at the Words Out West web page and you can follow all the exciting developments on the #wordsoutwest Facebook event.

About the author

Lisa Harth is the Library Services Coordinator at Western Downs Regional Council.