We are really making good our history as a literary town right now, with a flourishing of activities based around writing and telling stories.
Leeton Writers Collective will be launching their second volume of writing in a couple of weeks - a huge achievement for all the writers involved.
Members of our collective are also busily engaged in developing the new dramatic piece, Bloodshed at the Banquet - to be launched at the Australian Art Deco Festival Leeton in early July.
This is a marvellous rollicking play, and a credit to all involved. It is amazing to see skills developed through Henry V coming to the fore to drive this project too, with a nice cross-fertilisation going on between writers collective and the Henry crew.
Shout out to Leonie, Fiona, Ben, Cynthia, David, Tony and Ken, and everyone else involved here!
The first edition of Mona Magazine - the brilliant new initiative developed by yet more writers collective members - is currently being finalised. Shout out to Kat, Lauren and Kim.
This is a huge achievement by the girls and it has been humbling to witness their commitment to inclusivity and empowering rural or women to tell their stories.
Leeton Eisteddfod is set to have record entries in the Literary section, and many other sections this year - a big thank you to schools and teachers for helping get the momentum going with this.
Leeton High is powering ahead with their ShrekMusical - congratulations!
And there are a number of other story writing projects underway through both Leeton Museum and Gallery, and the Leeton Local and Family History Society - important historical stories that must be preserved.
Shout out Tony, Wendy, Karleen, Sues and others here!
Jim Grahame, Lee Marchant, Henry Lawson, Dame Mary Gilmore and all the writers from Leeton who have come after them would be very pleased with us all I think.
Please keep an eye out for information regarding a Young People's Writing Group - potentially a Tuesday afternoon enterprise. Enquiries contact me any time email@example.com.
I am also available for chats and consultations at the Leeton Museum and Gallery any time. Just phone ahead 0404 348 277.