The ACT Writers Centre is excited to partner with the National Library of Australia, The Street Theatre and the Canberra Writers Festival on NEW TERRITORY: Adventures in arts writing. NEW TERRITORY is a program that is committed to developing a deeper conversation about the arts: why we make art, how do we engage in art, and to what end? We aim to develop the arts writers, thinkers and provocateurs of the future.
‘This program is important because it opens the dialogue between our artistic communities through great stories of art, community and collaboration. The rich voice of our city is one which writers and artists take great joy in sharing, and I know future participants will contribute immensely by interacting with and creating art across a range of formats. I encourage participants to apply and revel in our great artistic place’ – Sarah Mason, Executive Director, ACT Writers Centre
NEW TERRITORY provides an opportunity for two emerging ACT-region writers to attend events at the National Library of Australia and the ACT Writers Centre as well as creative development sessions, rehearsals and performances at The Street Theatre and then document/explore/critique the experience for the ACT Writers Centre’s Capital Letters blog. The program, which will run from June to December 2018, includes a mentorship with prominent ACT arts writer Sue Terry from the Whispering Gums blog.
‘We’re thrilled to partner in this program directly supporting the professional development of the voices of the next generation of ACT-based arts-culture bloggers under the mentorship of the fabulous Sue Terry of Whispering Gums. This initiative directly addresses our desire to extend, deepen, and diversify cultural conversation in our region around creative process, people, and projects and to extend connections between audiences, artists, and conversationalists through an approach embracing complexity, nuance, ambiguity and curiosity’ – Caroline Stacey, Artistic Director and CEO of The Street Theatre.
NEW TERRITORY is aimed at emerging ACT-region writers who are interested in writing about the arts. ‘Emerging’ means those with less than 5 years of experience as an arts writer. The program is also open to podcasters and may also include an active social media presence/engagement.
‘This program last year was a great opportunity to get access to some of the most incredible literary events in Canberra, make valuable contacts in the Canberra writing scene and to get some great pointers on how to reach your audience from one of Australia’s most beloved litbloggers: Whispering Gums’ – Angharad Lodwick
‘Participating last year gave me new appreciation Australia’s literary landscape and the role of bloggers and critics in contributing to cultural conversations’ – Emma Gibson
Sue Terry has been writing the Whispering Gums litblog since 2009. While her prime focus is Australian literature, she also blogs about books from elsewhere and, somewhat serendipitously, on an eclectic mix of cultural events including literary (of course), music, dance, film and gallery/museum exhibitions. Now retired, she was in her professional life a librarian-archivist at the National Library of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive. Visit Sue and Whispering Gums at https://whisperinggums.com/
For more information about NEW TERRITORY, please phone the ACT Writers Centre on 6262 9191 between Wednesday and Friday or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ACT WRITERS CENTRE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF SUE TERRY AND ITS PROGRAM PARTNERS: