Look to a future in byte size

IT WAS a celebration of words, creativity and young talent at a recent workshop held at the Bellingen Memorial Hall.

‘Words for the Future' was an opportunity for 15 young writers and performers from across the Mid North Coast to come together for a workshop and performance and to showcase their developing talent.

As the first project of the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival, organisers were pleased when more than 50 entries were registered in the online competition asking for quirky takes on what the future might look like.

The ‘byte-sized literature' came from local young writers, musicians and spoken word performers of the Mid North Coast.

Entries ranged from poetry and lyrics to Twitter-based pieces, micro fiction and comedy.

At the Bellingen workshop, the 15 young selected writers were mentored in the editing and performance of their pieces by upcoming local musician Jesse Emmanuel and prodigious comedy-writer Alexandra Neill.

The event was partly funded by the Country Arts Support Program (Regional Arts NSW) and Bellingen Council.

Prizes were donated by Dymocks, Good News Week, North Coast Youth Connect and ETC (Enterprise Training College).

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