While we remain at a social distance in the physical world Writing WA has created an online space to enable our community to get socially closer in the digital world.
The Love to Read Local website has been launched as a dedicated online space in which all Western Australians – and others – can come together around a shared love of reading great books by Western Australian writers.
Writing WA CEO, Sharon Flindell said, “We originally conceived the Love to Read Local campaign as a week-long celebration to coincide with WA Day. Since then, Covid-19 has forced us to change the ways in which we were planning to share the celebration, but our intention remains the same – to bring our community together around a collective appreciation of local stories, books and writers. We are inviting people to get involved in the campaign and turn their social isolation into social participation.”
In creating the Love to Read Local website Writing WA has incorporated opportunities for readers to contribute to the site’s content by writing and sharing book reviews, contributing images to the “Look Who Loves to Read Local” gallery, and getting involved in other ways via social media.
The campaign also includes a mutually beneficial opportunity for readers to support local writers, publishers and bookshops by purchasing a range of titles at 20 per cent discounts from participating bookshops; a series of Love to Read Local podcasts curated especially for the campaign by Fremantle Press; links to a variety of YouTube content including book trailers and author interviews; and live interviews between WA writers and Barry Nicholls on the ABC Radio National’s Early Mornings program.
For more information on Love to Read Local visit https://ltrl.writingwa.org