News & updates
20 May, 2020
Like many others, we’re taking up the online challenge and plan to deliver a livestreamed WAM festival. In all likelihood, gathering will be okay in September. However, amid the uncertainty, travel restrictions and generally difficult planning environment, we decided to work on something we knew we could deliver while updating our digital skills and offerings.
We’ll have the first of our offerings next month when Kate Rotherham and Lucy Treloar (judges in the 2020 AlburyCity Short Story Award) chat about why they love short stories and what makes a short story sing.
Later in the month Nick Gadd introduces us to the concept of psychogeography. It’s a fancy word that can add a little something extra to all those walks we’re now taking around our neighbourhoods.
We’re busily uploading and podcasting our favourite conversations from the past couple of festivals. These will also be available in June.
As for the festival itself, we have a great line-up of authors which we’ll announce in July. Conditions permitting, we’ll have a few real-life events here at the LibraryMuseum and you’ll have the option of either joining us to watch the livestream events or tuning in from home.
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15 April, 2020
Covid-19 and WAM 2020
We’re still 5 months out from WAM 2020, Wednesday 9 to Sunday 13 September, yet it’s a challenging planning environment to say the least. While we can’t be certain that our event won’t be adversely impacted by necessary social distancing measures and travel restrictions, we are nonetheless determined to deliver a modified version of Write Around the Murray in one form or another.
Like so many others in our predicament we’re looking to the online environment, thinking about what we can do differently, taking the opportunity to reflect on what’s important and catch up on the things we’ve been setting aside.
We anticipate delivering a mix of live (hopefully) and live-streamed events, such as the WAM Slam, author interviews and panel discussions; building our online archive and developing other online opportunities.
Our writing competitions will proceed as normal and will open for entries mid-May.
We’ll keep you up-to-date with WAM plans via our e-news and will let you know when there are new talks available to listen to online. Sign up for the e-news if you don’t already receive it.
While you’re staying safe and staying home, now’s the time to make virtual visits to writing festivals all around the country. There’s a wealth of them and a wealth of new and archived author conversations to dip into. And of course there’s always reading, reading, reading. We love the Libraries ACT Reading Challenge and, for K-9 students, the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Check out the excellent online Albury Library and Museum at Home to access free e-books and films, virtual museum tours, study guides and lots more.
18 March, 2020
- As the Sydney Writers' Festival has been cancelled, the Live & Local livestream event scheduled for the LibraryMuseum will no longer proceed
Our hearts go out to our arts and festivals colleagues, the industries associated with delivering cultural experiences, and all our fellow beings who are experiencing the shocks and taking the economic and social hits at this time. It’s another stark reminder of how interdependent we all are.
Here at WAM Festival HQ it’s business as usual, more or less, as we move on with the planning of WAM 2020. We can only hope, come September, we’ll be living in a post-isolation world.
Stay informed via AlburyCity, look after yourself, look after your community, and keep reading!
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