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Bathurst-based playwrights awarded Writing NSW Grant

A Bathurst-based performance writing collective has been awarded Writing NSW’s 2019 Emerging Writers Organisation Grant.

Live Words received $5,000 to enhance the performance culture and theatre community of Central Western NSW through writing weekends, expert workshops and public readings of their work in 2019.

The group comprises of ten members from Bathurst, Rylstone, Cessnock (ex Mudgee) and Dubbo, and includes emerging playwrights to those with a strong resume of produced works, including professional theatre makers. They will outline their current writing projects at an official Live Words launch at 6pm on Wednesday 13 February in the Wattle Foyer at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.

Live Words was only formed last year, following the 2018 Central West Short Play Festival Residency through Local Stages at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, and after a public call out for writers.

Following initial success with professional and public readings of some of their works, as well as productions in the pipeline for others, in 2019 the group hopes to expand their activities even further. They will develop one act dramas, comedies, theatre for children and experimental pieces, working with dramaturgs to fine tune the scripts and testing them at public readings; all steps on the path to full theatre production.

On a larger scale, Live Words also aims to provide ongoing professional development, dramaturgy, public regions and other support to playwrights from the region.

“The collective has proven to be a really encouraging, safe place to share our writing. We tweak our skills, share resources, give each other well-considered feedback and set goals and writing deadlines to actually get writing done,” said Live Words’ Fiona Green.

Emerging Writing Organisation Grants are awarded by Writing NSW to support emerging writing organisations, groups and collectives across the state. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in NSW.

Writing NSW grants are offered under a devolved funding program run by Writing NSW on behalf of the NSW Government and Create NSW.

“The judges were impressed by the quality and diversity of applications for the 2018 Writing NSW Grants,” said Writing NSW CEO Jane McCredie. “Through their support for exciting new writers and projects, these grants are helping to build the vibrant literary culture of our state.”

Live Words is also supported by Local Stages at BMEC who produce and support locally made performance.

For more information, contact Live Words coordinators Fiona Green (0403 971 157) or Mayanne Jaques (0405 457 381).

To RSVP to the official Live Words launch, contact live.wordsnsw@gmail.com