• Hannah Phillips

Clare Writers’ Festival Closes the Book

The Clare Readers and Writers Festival has closed the book on the popular event after five successful years.

With a small committee behind the Festival, the decision to wind up was not easy to make and took careful consideration.

“We did what we set out to do – which was to provide local people in the Clare Valley with the opportunity to hear and learn from popular and emerging Australian authors,” Committee Chairman Nigelle-ann Blaser said.

“We have been a small committee of four women who had to make a sensible decision knowing that we can be proud of our efforts and what we have achieved.”

The Festival is grateful for the support it has received from all its Australian author presenters over the years, including inaugural Patron and best-selling author Fiona McIntosh, award winning author Michael Robotham, and many other popular, bestselling and award-winning writers.

Image Source: Clare Readers & Writers Festival Committee hands over a cheque to Wool Wine & Wheat Education Fund

Committee members - Nigelle-ann Blaser, Meredith Appleyard, Sandra Appleyard and Nan Berrett are pleased to be able to donate surplus funds of $10,652.40 to the Wool Wine and Wheat Country Education Fund.

The Fund supports individual youth in need of financial assistance to develop their full potential, and involves Balaklava High, Burra Community, Clare High and Riverton & District High Schools.

75 students have been supported with funding grants over the years.

The Festival Committee also donated its PA System to the Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council, who has been a constant and committed supporter to the event over the five years.

“We thank the Council and staff for supporting us with the use of the Clare Town Hall facilities and especially to Mayor Allan Aughey OAM for his encouragement and willingness to host a Mayoral Reception and launch for the festival each year,” Nigelle-ann said.

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