Local writers encouraged to submit works for Writing RidgeWalk project

Published on 08 October 2021

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Council is encouraging submissions for Writing RidgeWalk, a project giving local writers the opportunity for their works to be part of RidgeWalk, a 39km art and cultural track across the Dandenong Ranges.

Selected works will become an integral part of RidgeWalka project that explores the natural wonders, rich histories and cultural offerings of the Dandenong Ranges through art and storytelling.

The submitted works should be no more than 400 words, or two minutes read aloud, that encourages seeing the region in new ways, interpreting the cultural, social, historical and environmental context of RidgeWalk, including its key themes of activism, colour, form and light.

Selected works will feature alongside those commissioned from nationally-acclaimed writers, with the collective works to help launch a Public Participatory Writing Project for RidgeWalk, as well as a writers festival, in 2023.

Lyster Ward Councillor, Johanna Skelton, said that Writing RidgeWalk would allow for the landscape of RidgeWalk to be artfully understood, translated, felt or experienced.

“This region has attracted and inspired artists for many thousands of years,” said Cr Skelton.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for the history and geography of the Hills to be shared with residents and visitors through art.

“RidgeWalk will become a real focus of the Dandenong Ranges National Park and given how popular the area is with locals, I’m sure we’ll get some wonderful submissions that capture the essence and culture of the area.

“I strongly encourage any of our talented Yarra Ranges creatives out there to make a submission to really help shape the narrative of RidgeWalk and the Dandenong Ranges in general.”

To find out more about Writing RidgeWalk, and how to make a submission, head to https://shaping.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/writing-ridgewalk.

Submissions close Monday, 15 November 2021.