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Hugh Henry talks about Swift Current’s literary tradition at the Write Out Loud 30th anniversary celebration, Nov. 16. Hugh Henry talks about Swift Current’s literary tradition at the Write Out Loud 30th anniversary celebration, Nov. 16.

Three decades of author readings and literary cafés in Swift Current were celebrated with an evening of music and poetry at the Lyric Theatre, Nov. 16.


Local rancher and cowboy poet Bryce Burnett shared his poems about rural life with the audience at the Write Out Loud 30th anniversary celebration.
The musical entertainment was provided by Glenna Switzer, who recently released her debut album A Long Time Comin’. She was joined on stage by two other local musicians, Mark Penner and Paula McGuigan.
 Local historian and artist Hugh Henry shared his memories about this literary tradition in the city, which started in 1986 when writer-in-residence Rick Hillis organized the first reading events.
The initial presenters at these events were members of the local Shortgrass Writers Group, but over time the participation expanded to include authors from across the prairies. The reading series took place at different venues in the city over the years, including various restaurants. It found a new home at the Lyric Theatre in 2010 under a new name, Write Out Loud.

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