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Geraldton Library’s Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival receives State Government funding

Matthew PaddickGeraldton Guardian
City of Greater Geraldton community and culture director Fiona Norling, deputy mayor Natasha Colliver, Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton, and acting manager of libraries, heritage and galleries Bec Edwards.
Camera IconCity of Greater Geraldton community and culture director Fiona Norling, deputy mayor Natasha Colliver, Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton, and acting manager of libraries, heritage and galleries Bec Edwards. Credit: Supplied

One of Geraldton Regional Library’s biggest events of the year has secured funding from the State Government.

The WA Government’s Regional Arts and Cultural Investment program has awarded a $27,550 grant for the library’s Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival.

The program provides funding for arts and culture projects in regional WA that encourage participation in the sector.

According to the City of Greater Geraldton, the investment will help make sure the event goes ahead, and to attract literary guests.

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Mayor Jerry Clune said he hoped the additional funding would help improve the event.

“This year’s Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival is on course to be the biggest and best yet,” he said.

“With the help of this grant, we will be able to attract a variety of engaging authors as well as develop our local wordsmiths.

“We appreciate the State Government’s continued commitment to enhancing the Midwest’s arts and cultural landscape.”

This year marks the 19th edition of the Big Sky festival.

The event includes a short story competition with a $500 first prize. Submissions open until Friday, July 12.

Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton said it was important to invest in future writers from the region.

“Geraldton is home to internationally renowned writers who have an incredible talent in storytelling,” she said.

“It’s great to see Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival receive additional funding in its 19th year to help promote our literary greats and develop the skills of emerging writers,” she said.

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