Author to visit region as ‘Writer in Residence’

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Author to visit region as ‘Writer in Residence’

South Australian poet and author and former Mount Burr resident Campbell ‘Kami’ McInnes will travel to the Limestone Coast this month as Writers SA’s latest Writer in Residence.

Mr McInnes will visit several towns in the region to connect with readers and writers through readings, events, workshops at libraries and community centres, as well as providing one-on-one consultations:

The residency is part of Writers SA’s Writers and Readers in Residence Project, which sees writers undertake an artistic residency in regional communities to activate reading and writing in the area.

The project has been extended to 2021 and is assisted by the Federal Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Mr McInnes is a published poet and author, twice representing the state in the Australian Poetry Slam in Sydney and is now co-director of Spoken Word SA, presenting and coordinating the SA program for the Australian Poetry Slam.

He has had two novellas published, with poetry and short stories appearing in various journals nationally and internationally.

In 2010 Mr McInnes was the winner of the Single Poet Collection Award at the Poetry Unleashed Festival.

He has performed in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle including the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the National Young Writers Festival and the Melbourne Writers Festival.

The Writers SA Writers and Readers in Residency Program gives Mr McInnes, who grew up in Mount Burr, the opening to return to the district to work on a project dear to his heart, a memoir of growing up in the 70s in the South East.

During his residency, Mr McInnes will be based in Millicent while visiting several towns in the region to hold workshops, present open mic events and the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with aspiring writers and readers.

He will be offering the chance to chat about performance, poetry, writing and editing, organising events, tips to getting started and discussing the forms that memoirs can take.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Mount Burr: October 17, Mount Burr General Store

Millicent: October 19-21, Millicent Library Civic Centre

Robe: October 23, Robe Library

October 24, Robe Town Brewery

Keith: October 28, Beyond Words Bookshop

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