Southwest residents are looking forward to an upcoming Write Out Loud evening next Wednesday at the Swift Current Museum that will spotlight southwest-born author, Matthew Anderson.

Anderson has written multiple works including 'The Good Walk: Creating New Paths on Traditional Prairie Trails' and 'Pairings: The Bible and Booze', has written and produced two complete documentaries surrounding pilgrimage, and hosts a podcast called 'Pilgrimage Stories from Up and Down the Staircase'. 

Hugh Henry, with Write Out Loud and the Lyric Theatre, met Anderson when he initially accompanied him on a walk in 2015 and has since continued going on the prairies walks. 

"The book really interweaves some of his history growing, his family history of a homestead family," said Henry. "He talks about different changes in rural landscape, access to land, and the importance of these trails in our past history in the prairies."

Henry notes that Anderson, an ordained Lutheran minister and University professor of more than 20 years, was born in Shaunavon and grew up in Swift Current before settling in Nova Scotia. 

"So the book is kind of reconnecting to what was important in the homestead days, what's important now in terms of responsible land access and public lands," Henry added. "It's kind of woven all together based on reflections that took place on these walks 12 years ago."

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission will be $8 per person, Henry will open the stage with a brief slideshow presentation before Anderson's talk and reading focusing on his latest book. 

Additionally, Anderson is set to read in Eastend on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. and at the Legion Hall in Outlook on Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Anyone is invited to the Write Out Loud at the museum, and those interested in attending the event in Outlook can contact Hugh Henry at (306)778-2531 for more information.