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'Veranda post town' will transform with Writers Expo

LITERARY TALENT: Writer RL Aiken (left) caught up with readers Betty Allsopp, of Nambucca, and Nerida Blackford, of Congarinni, at a recent event at Nambucca Library. Fantasy writer Aiken will conduct a workshop on fantastic magic at the Bowraville Regional Writers Expo, November 19.
LITERARY TALENT: Writer RL Aiken (left) caught up with readers Betty Allsopp, of Nambucca, and Nerida Blackford, of Congarinni, at a recent event at Nambucca Library. Fantasy writer Aiken will conduct a workshop on fantastic magic at the Bowraville Regional Writers Expo, November 19. Belinda Scott

BOWRAVILLE is promoted to tourists as 'the veranda post town' but on Sunday November 19 it will be 'the literary town' as the sun-shaded main street of this small Nambucca Valley community hosts the Bowraville Regional Writers Expo.

The Pioneer Community Centre at 70 High St, Bowraville will be busy all day from 9.30am onwards on November 19 with workshops on writing, researching and publishing; poetry and book readings; book signings, a second-hand book sale; raffles, refreshments and other activities.

"We wanted to showcase the literary talent within our community - there is so much creative talent here," said Writers Expo organiser Marion Syratt.

"The authors we have on board for the event write across a variety of genres... from action/ thriller to researched history to fantasy to rural romance and more. "

"We also wanted to raise much needed funds for the hall.

"The writers will set up 'market style' at tables in the main area of the hall, where patrons of the event can meet each author, buy books and have books signed.

"There will also be interactive Word Collage held here plus a second-hand book stall as a fund-raiser for the hall and raffles.

"The kitchen will be selling tea, coffee and cakes and we will also host a table of Boomerang Bags, sustainably sewn bags made from donated fabrics by volunteers in the community, so this can be a plastic-free zone."

On the back veranda will be poetry and book readings.

The two rooms upstairs will be the venues for the workshops, many of which are aimed to people who are in various stages of writing their own books.

The day will begin with a smoking ceremony by local elder Uncle Martin Ballangarry; an official opening by Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhonda Hoban and a book launch of Julia Osborne's latest publication, Song for Emilia.

This book is the third in the author's coming-of-age Midnight Piano trilogy.

The day will conclude with a panel discussion in the main hall on publishing, starting at 3.15pm.

The panel of Bill Ridley, Tamara McWilliam, Annie Seaton and Fiona McArthur, chaired by Greg Barron, will address the topic: So You've Written a Book, Now What?

Writers attending the expo include Julia Osborne, Greg Barron,

Bill Ridley, Andrew Kepitis-Andrews,

Annie Seaton, Tamara McWilliam, Pat Richardson, Noelene Allen, RL Aiken,

Rob Turnell, Rachel Scoltock, Fiona McArthur, Les Young and Alison Buckley.

Also attending will be the Muurrbay Language Centre; Nambucca Shire Library; the Nambucca Valley Writers Group and Nambucca Valley Toastmasters.

The nine workshops scheduled through the day range from researching people from the past to marketing; from the Gumbaynggirr language to fantastic magic and from the politics of the Middle East behind A Rite of Honour to how to get started writing a book and tips and tricks on how to get published.

For more information phone: 65647908, email: bowra.writers.expo @gmail.com.

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