Local writers to read at February 19 Write Out Loud

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The Lyric Theatre is pleased to host the annual Local Writers Night as part of the Write Out Loud season on Feb. 19. Doors open at 6:30 with readings to begin at 7 p.m.

The authors taking part in this year's event are:  Madelon Smid, Bev Biggeman, Phyllis Nakonechny and Destinee Purves.

Madelon Smid, Swift Current area author, teacher and mentor, has most recently published Climbing High, signalling a return to her love of action, suspense and romance after exploring other writing avenues for several years, and she has also recently self-published a collection of photographs, poetry and prose entitled I Am That I Am, which she describes as a glimpse at her spiritual philosophy. In addition, she has just completed High Ground, the second book in the Three Wise Men trilogy.

Bev Biggeman splits her time between Didsbury, AB and a farm east of Swift Current, a lifestyle that influences and informs her writing. Her book, Biggeman Tales, Tall and True, is a collection of 22 stories about farm life and the adventures of growing up in a big family on a farm near Edmonton. She is currently working on a series of stories about the trials and tribulations of renovating a 100-year-old farmhouse, and she and her partner, Bob Horne, are collaborating on a children's book, The Dog With the Gigantic Tail.

Phyllis Nakonechny is a long-time resident of Swift Current; she spent 30 years teaching high school English and creative writing. In 2008, she was awarded a CBC Literary Award in the creative nonfiction category for her meditation on the subject of grief. Her book Vidh: A Book of Mourning was published in 2010.

Destinee Purves is a Grade 12 student at Maverick School. Destinee has been an avid writer and reader since childhood, and particularly favours poetry as a chosen medium. She also publishes a blog to "open the minds of readers to the unique challenges that youth face today...and to make a difference for those seeking a fragment of understanding and relativity."

All audience members at Write Out Loud this season will have their name put in a draw for one of two e-readers; the draw will be made in May at our last Write Out Loud event.

Local Writers Night is an excellent opportunity to get to know some of the awe-inspiring talent that exists right in our own backyard.

Organizations: Lyric Theatre

Geographic location: Swift Current

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