Award-winning writer visits Karratha

Alicia PereraPilbara News
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Josephine Wilson with her second book, Evolutions, at Karratha Library.
Camera Icon2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Josephine Wilson with her second book, Evolutions, at Karratha Library. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

A recent winner of Australia’s most prestigious writers’ prize visited Karratha last month to share her writing experiences and advice with literary-minded locals.

Over two days in the region, WA author Josephine Wilson, whose second novel Extinctions won last year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award, ran a writing workshop with the Pilbara Writers’ Group and spoke about her work as an author at a literary dinner at the Karratha Library.

Wilson, who spent part of her childhood in Port Hedland, said she was pleased to have been invited to visit the Pilbara.

“It’s wonderful to have regional libraries supporting writers, and it’s something that there’s such a hunger for... because it’s so stimulating, and also it builds community and it builds all these creative skills,” she said.

“Creative skills are very important because they build confidence to take risks and develop open-ended ideas, and I think that’s one of the real strengths of creative writing, for children as well as adults.”

Pilbara Writers’ Group founder Emily Scanlan said it had been “humbling” for local writers to get firsthand advice from Wilson.

“It was a huge thrill,” she said.

“We’re such a fledgling group, for us to have someone of that calibre come in and inject fresh ideas and knowledge of the craft was awesome.”

Wilson visited Karratha as part of Writing WA’s Writers on the Road program, which was supported by the City of Karratha.

WA children’s authors Meg McKinlay and James Foley were also part of the tour.

They held a pyjama party and storytime session at Karratha Library and visited a local school while in town.

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