HUGE EVENT: Words Out West will return to the region for its second year in March 2021, signifying a new chapter for premier events in the Western Downs and a fresh take on modern storytelling. Picture: WDRC
HUGE EVENT: Words Out West will return to the region for its second year in March 2021, signifying a new chapter for premier events in the Western Downs and a fresh take on modern storytelling. Picture: WDRC

Writers Festival to hit Western Downs as event set to return in

A PREMIERE literary festival will be returning to the Western Downs to signify the exciting return of events to the region.

Following a highly successful introduction to the region‘s festival calendar in 2020, Words Out West: Western Downs Readers & Writers Fest promises the same high standard of speakers, with new events added to this year’s program.

Western Downs Regional Council mayor Paul McVeigh said the event offered an opportunity for everyone to explore the power of storytelling.

“We are delighted to announce Words Out West: Western Downs Readers & Writers Fest will return to the region from 11 to 14 March next year, with an assortment of events, experiences and workshops on the agenda as part of the massive four-day festival,” he said.

“Last year’s inaugural event confirmed the Festival’s presence on our annual events calendar, with people of all ages and interests coming from all over to take part in this fantastic literary celebration.”

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Words Out West 2021 will deliver several keynote presenters including popular actor and children’s entertainer Jay Laga’aia, respected columnist Frances Whiting, Australian author and indigenous literacy advocate Professor Anita Heiss, true crime podcasters Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb, and novelist Nick Earls.

“Legendary Queenslander Shane Webcke will also join this year’s Festival line-up, visiting regional pubs for ‘Schooners and Stories’ in the days leading up the Festival, giving locals a chance to sit back and have a yarn at their favourite local,” Cr McVeigh said.

“A huge list of local identities will also join Words Out West 2021 for various presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, including podcasters, illustrators, videographers, journalists and authors.”

Cr McVeigh said the festival would offer something for everyone with events planned right across the Western Downs.

“Words Out West: Western Downs Readers & Writers Fest 2021 is shaping up to be a massive celebration in the region,” he said.

“This year’s program will include two school days in Dalby and Chinchilla, two Schooners and Stories pub events, a main festival day in Dalby, Library After Dark cocktail event, and a Writers Retreat at the magnificent Jimbour House,” he said.

“We’re also hosting two competitions in the lead up to the festival, with short story and photo caption competitions sure to tweak the creative flair in anyone.

“I encourage locals and visitors to check out all the information by visiting the Words Out West website.”

For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit the website here.