Lo­cal au­thors share tal­ents dur­ing Write Out Loud fi­nale

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Four tal­ented lo­cal writ­ers took to the stage last Thurs­day evening to share their work dur­ing the Write Out Loud evening at the Lyric The­atre.

Phyl­lis Nakonechny, Bon­nie Dun­lop, Peggy Wor­rell and Kelsey Chabot en­ter­tained those in at­ten­dance with their writ­ings.

Nakonechny was ex­cited to be on stage at the Write Out Loud event and felt hav­ing lo­cal writ­ers close out this sea­son’s se­ries was great.

“I think it is a won­der­ful way to close off the Write Out Loud se­ries to have lo­cal writ­ers. All through the year they in­vite pro­fes­sional writ­ers in and now this is the last one of the sea­son and they have gone with the lo­cal writ­ers and I think it is a good way to fin­ish it off.”

Nakonechny read from her piece “Stones”, a story writ­ten last win­ter in­spired by an emo­tional news item.

“I had read a small lit­tle news ar­ti­cle about a young girl in So­ma­lia who had been stoned to death as a pu­n­ish­ment and it just got me think­ing about that and how aw­ful it was just to read about it. That is the sort of ba­sis for the piece of work I am do­ing. It is not only about that but that is def­i­nitely the core of it.”

Wor­rell is a so­cial worker by pro­fes­sion, but she has re­ally only fo­cused on her writ­ing for about seven years. She says her life ex­pe­ri­ences are the mo­ti­va­tion for writ­ing.

“When looking to­wards re­tire­ment one re­al­izes that they have a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to draw on and maybe it is time to ex­plore my creative side.”

Wor­rell’s read­ing was from a man­u­script that she is work­ing on called “Proud­flesh”.

“It is a story about a woman named Joy who choses to live alone in a cabin in North­ern Saskatchewan at a time in her life when there is a cri­sis.”

This year, Wor­rell was cho­sen to be one of five emerg­ing writ­ers to be paired with an es­tab­lished writer in the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild Men­tor­ship Pro­gram. She ad­mits she looks for­ward to read­ings like this one at the Lyric.

“Writ­ing, of course, is a very soli­tary ac­tiv­ity and so when one gets to read and there is an au­di­ence and get feed­back. I like the pub­lic speak­ing as­pect of writ­ing. It is like telling a story to peo­ple your are just putting it on a page.”

Dun­lop grew up on a farm near Can­tuar and she says her roots lie “deep in the soil”. Over the past nine years most of her nov­els have dealt strictly with facts, but she is presently work­ing on a fic­tional piece.

Dun­lop’s read­ing for the evening came from a yet to be fin­ished project.

“It is fic­tional let­ters that are paired to land­scape photography. They are pic­tures from South­west Saskatchewan. I wan­der the coun­try­side tak­ing pic­tures - tak­ing pic­tures of empty farm yards and aban­doned houses. I like to try and imag­ine the lives of the peo­ple that lived there. I don’t like ‘dry’ his­tory but I love that.”

Also read­ing was Kelsey Chabot, a young up­com­ing writer who has al­ready won awards for her writ­ing while still in high school.

Phyl­lis Nakonechny, Bon­nie Dun­lop and Peggy Wor­rell were three of the four writ­ers shar­ing their tal­ents at the Write Out Loud evening on May 21.

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