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Words in the Valley Readers & Writers Festival

Words in the Valley Readers & Writers Festival

July 27, 2018 - July 29, 2018
6:00 - 2:00pm

At Bridgetown

Cost: Various including some free events - please see the program below..

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Tags: festival , Sarah Evans , words in the valley , readers & writers , bridgetown library , writing workshops

The eighth Words in the Valley Readers and Writers festival is to be held in the Bridgetown Regional Library on the weekend of 27 – 28 July.  The festival is held in conjunction with the Blackwood Poetry Prize to be held on 29 July at The Cidery, Bridgetown.  The weekend commences with a sundowner and author talk on the Friday evening followed by writing and publishing workshops on the Saturday and concludes with the poetry competition prize giving and open mike event on the Sunday.  The events are open to all levels of experience and there is a children’s workshop and activity on the Saturday morning for budding storytellers.

For further information contact Sarah Evans 9761 2156  or Bridgetown Regional Library 9761 2503 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Bookings for the paid events can be made at the Bridgetown Visitor Centre.

Please click here to download the Festival program.

For the free events in the program, bookings to the Bridgetown Library on the number/email above would be appreciated.


Biographies of our wonderful presenters are below.

Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a chronic arachnophobe, and a writer the rest of the time.  She rarely sleeps and never irons.  Rachael-Johns

A lover of romance and women's fiction, Rachael loves nothing more than sitting in bed with her laptop and electric blanket imagining her own stories.
Rachael has finaled in a number of competitions, including the Australian Romance Readers Awards.  "Jilted", her first rural romance, won Favourite Australian Contemporary Romance in 2012 and "The Patterson Girls" won the 2016 Romance Writers of Australia Ruby Award and also the 2015 Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction.  In January this year Rachael was voted #13 in Booktopia's Favourite Australian Author poll.

Rachael lives in the Perth Hills with her hyperactive husband, three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training, two fat cats, a cantankerous bird and a very badly behaved dog.

Rachael loves to hear from readers and can be contacted via her website  She is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Leanne-WhiteLeanne White is an author/illustrator/artist who resides in the picturesque town of Nannup.  She has authored and illustrated 10 children's picture book titles, including the popular, "William the Wild" series. Her latest illustrated book is "Emerald The Green Turtle's Tale", written by the award winning author Aleesah Darlison.  Leanne  also is the co-founder and editor of Wild Eyed Press, a small independent traditional publishing house specialising in children's picture books, with the ethos of awareness of the natural environment.

As a visual artist, Leanne has her own gallery/studio in Nannup, from which she paints fine art works based on nature.  she also works on community visual art projects, including murals and ephemeral mural installations.

Leanne's books and artworks can be viewed on her website

She can be contacted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wild Eyed Press books and products can be viewed on and emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wild Eyed Press is a small independent publishing house based in Nannup, Western Australia.  Wild Eyed Press's ethos is for children to develop an awareness of the natural environment, in the hope the desire to nurture and sustain the environment is fostered.  The books published to date cover the area of nature play, endangered species, Australia's quirky and sometimes funny wildlife and our interesting, beautiful environment.  The target age groups are 0-3, 3-5 or 5-8 years.  Each book published to date engages the young reader with either a well told tale or fulfills a purpose in a young reader's life.  Along with authors and manuscripts, Wild Eyed Press has a growing bank of illustrators and is keen to view portfolios to keep new illustrators on record.

Sarah Evans, an English ex-pat, has been writing short stories and novels since leaving the world of journalism in the late eighties to take up the "good life" in rural WA and raise a brood Sarah-Evans---Presenterof children, home-school and attempt self-sufficiency with her husband John. 

She is published in a plethora of genres, in many forms and in several countries, from her inspirational lifestyle and recipe book "Seasons & Seasonings in a Teapot" to crime and romance novels, short stories and poetry.  She writes for the women's magazine market and has had stories broadcast on ABC Radio.  She also collaborates with her singer-songwriter daughter.

A multi-award winning author, Sarah teaches creative writing, memoir and poetry for beginners.  She is also the coordinator of the Bridgetown Words in the Valley Readers & Writers Festival.

Sarah's novels include rom-com crime caper "Operation Paradise"and romances "A Christmas Proposal", "Bachelor Bid", "The Dating Game", "Prudence & The Mighty Flynn", "Loving Aunt Lou", "Collision Course with Love" and "Yesterday Once More", an adventure novella "Plumbing the Depths"and three short story collections; "Call of the Wild" (fantasy), "New Blood" (horror) and "Killing Kindness" (crime).

The Blackwood Poetry Prize

Poems entered should follow the example of William Blake to explore the spiritual dimensions of life.  This year's entries are to be on a theme inspired by Blake's "The Shepherd".

First prize for the Open Section is $500 and Highly Commended $100 being offered.

For further details, entry forms and enquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone 9761 2315.  You can also visit the Facebook page "Blake in the Blackwood".

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