Love to Read Local Week is a new state-wide initiative, established in 2020 by Writing WA, to showcase and celebrate Western Australia’s many, many wonderful writers and illustrators, and the books they create. Through an exciting program of bespoke events, our mission is to connect Western Australian readers with Western Australian books.
Following the success of its inaugural year, in 2021 Love to Read Local Week will take place from 3 to 11 June.
Writing WA is proud to be working with our state-wide network of member organisations and with other enthusiastic stakeholders to deliver this year’s campaign. Live events, online promotions, media activities and more will all feature in this unique celebration of West Australian literature.
What’s on for Love to Read Local Week 2021 …
- Love to Read Local Children’s Literature Festival. Writing WA and Paperbird Children’s Books and Arts are delighted to present the Love to Read Local Week Children’s Literature Festival. Presented at Burswood Park on 6 and 7 of June as part of the WA Day 2021 Festival, the program features loads of exciting, inspiring and interactive sessions for kids, all presented by some of WA’s best children’s authors. This program is sponsored by the Writing WA Literary Lions.
- Journey your bookshops and win an overnight stay at Doubletree by Hilton Perth Waterfront. Celebrate Love to Read Local Week by taking a journey to your local bookshops. Collect a stamp for every purchase of a book from a participating bookstore, and collect three stamps to go in the draw to win a stay at Doubletree by Hilton Perth Waterfront. Participating bookshops including Boffins Books, Crow Books, New Edition, Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts, Beaufort Street Books, Dymocks Busselton and Magabala Books.
- Free flash fiction workshops hosted by Raine Square and Night Parrot Press. To celebrate Love To Read Local Week, Raine Square is hosting free collaborative writing workshops everyday between June 9 – 11. Open to all skill levels, the workshops will be run Night Parrot Press publishers Laura Keenan and Linda Martin. This is a unique opportunity to spend a lunchtime writing with an experienced publishing team in a welcoming and creative space.
- Love to Read Local Flash Fiction Competition. Writing WA, in partnership with Raine Square and Night Parrot Press, is delighted to present the Love to Read Local Flash Fiction competition for its second year. The shortlisted entries will be announce on June 4, with winners announced on 11 June. There are publication opportunities for all shortlisted entries and over $1000 worth of prizes to be won.
- Take part in our #LookWhoLovestoReadLocal campaign. Share a picture of your favourite book by a Western Australian author on your feed with the hashtag #LovetoReadLocal. Check out who else loves to read local here.
- Watch this space for more events and promotions …
More ideas on how to celebrate Western Australia’s writers and books …
- Find a great book by a Western Australian author. Browse a selection of fantastic books by WA authors here, discover our local WA publishing houses here, and subscribe to the Love to Read Local newsletter for fortnightly news on the latest books by WA authors here.
- Become a #LovetoReadLocal ambassador by spreading the word via social media. Share one of the Love to Read Local social media graphics, add a LTRL button to your home page, add a frame to your social media profile picture, or share the info in your blog or e-newsletter. Check out the tools that we’ve created to help you spread the word.
- Discover WA writers that you may not have heard of yet by exploring the Literati database.
- View some of our existing book trailers on Writing WA’s YouTube channel and watch past episodes of Cover to Cover.
- Make your own YouTube video. Tell us why you love to read local and which books you love the most. Send us the YouTube link to share.
- Start a Book Club with friends and choose from our Book Club favourites to get the party started.
- Host a WA author as part of your book club event. If you need our help to organise this send us an email and we’ll be in touch.
- Listen to the Fremantle Press Love to Read Local podcast archive featuring loads of West Aussie authors. Find out about the 2020 “Love to Read Local Radio” podcasts here.