A batch of southwest talent will be on display next week at the Swift Current Museum during a beloved annual tradition. 

The Lyric Theatre's special edition of Write Out Loud is set to commence on the evening of Feb. 21, showcasing four local authors. 

The upcoming event is a big highlight of their author reading series for committee member Terry Towes.

"We have a huge talent pool in the Swift Current area," she said. "I think sometimes we lose sight of that, and we hope that the local writers night helps to highlight some of the authors right here in our own backyard."

Jackie Cameron, pictured above, will be sharing her second chapter book Lost Treasure on the Circle Star Ranch. Published last year, it continues to follow the adventures of Ben, Sarah and their dog Scruffy, as introduced in her debut book.

Hailing from Zimbabwe, Collin Nyabadza has continuously advocated for and supported rural youth education and sports, including establishing the Collin Nyabadza Children’s Voice Charitable Trust (CNCVCT). His book All for the Children: The Passion Within, shares his journey over the last several decades. 

Award-nominated playwriter Wendy Lockman is another featured author for this year's edition. Her professionally produced plays include Burn Rubber, DollyWhere It Hurts; In the Box; and Willow Road.

Katelyn Toney of Tompkins wrote the numerical story book On the Busy Old Ranch after struggling to find books her children could relate to, being raised on a ranch in southern Saskatchewan. Her work showcases rural life on the prairies. 

"A lot of times we don't really recognize the people in our midst," Towes said. "I think we take the people around us for granted to some extent and we honestly don't know that that we have this right in right in Swift Current and right in the southwest."

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $8.

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