Calling anyone and everyone interested in learning more from some the region's most talented writers.
The inaugural HeadLand Writers Festival will happen over three days from May 14 to 16.
Its hope being that the event could turn into an annual celebration of reading and writing.
"Is was an idea that had been bubbling around for a while... SEA works across every art form but we recognised that we hadn't done a lot in the area of literature," said SEA executive director Andrew Gray.
Myoung Jae Yi, who manages Candelo Books in Bega, was asked to put together a program for the festival.
"It's really nice to see that we've got people with a local connection but have national recognition as writers," said Mr Gray.
Mr Gray also mentioned one of their headliners, Bruce Pascoe, who he described as "fairly local", being from just across the border in Mallacoota. His book, Dark Emu, is now in its 40th reprint.
There are also prominent local Indigenous writers such as Bega's Gary Lonesborough who recently published The Boy from the Mish and Darug woman Julie Janson who will be running forums about getting started and getting published as a writer.
Sassi Nuyum, aka Meaghan Holt, is a Gunai/Kurnai country woman who now lives on the Far south Coast and is an emerging spoken word poet who is featured in the program.
"Obviously there is an appeal to people who love reading and may know the writers but even if you haven't read books that they have written or read much at all, it's about ideas and thoughts," said Mr Gray.
There are a range of paid and free sessions available, with most of the paid sessions being just $12 thanks to the funding grant. The longer session workshops of two and four hours vary in price with the most expensive being $55 for the four hour publishing workshop.
"Ticket sales have been strong every day," said Mr Gray.
Some of the free events include:
- The opening night of music, writers and the launch of a short story award from 6.30pm to 8.30pm Friday May 14 at the Tathra Hotel (registrations are now full)
- Poets breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9.00am to 10.00am at the Tathra Hotel
- Readings by local actors on the Saturday afternoon to the theme of Tales of the Sea on Saturday May 15 from 4pm to 5pm at the Wharf
- Live poetry night on Saturday May 15 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at the Tathra Hotel
- Afternoon of music with a focus around literature on the Sunday May 16 from 3.00pm to 7.00pm at the Tathra Hotel
These events will have COVID-19 regulations on booking numbers, so registrations are essential. Follow the above links for more details and ticket bookings.
The Tathra Hotel will feature as the festival hub and will also have a pop-up bookshop available throughout the festival and so books may be purchased from the authors on the program.
A makers market full of artisan wares, art and local products will be open on Saturday May 15 from 9am until 4pm at the Tathra Hotel.
"You can engage in and do as many sessions as you want. There are just events happening at the same time so be sure to check the program before booking," said Mr Gray.
Festival organisers encourage people coming to the festival to visit the beautiful paces all around on the headland and to utilise the many outdoor spaces between sessions.