Mossel Bay Tourism invites applications for its ‘Writers in Residence’ programme

Published on : Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mossel-Bay-300x199Mossel Bay Tourism has invited established writers, journalists, videographers, poets or songwriters to join its ‘Writers in Residence’ programme.

Selected participants – and their partners – will receive fourteen nights’ free accommodation during this winter season, which ends 31 August.

“The idea is to stimulate conversation,” said Mossel Bay Tourism’s Marcia Holm. “We want to provide people who have an existing audience with some of the freedom they need to explore Mossel Bay and, hopefully, to share what they find here with their followers.”

She emphasised that, while successful participants will be asked to tweet about their experiences and post about them on Facebook, they won’t be contractually bound to produce anything more formal than that.

“But we believe that they’ll find so much of interest here that they’ll want to write about the place.”

Mossel Bay, she said, has recently become something of a focal point for academic research.

“More than 40 international scientists attached to the SACP4 Project (The South African Coastal Palaeoclimate, Palaeoenvironment, Palaeoecology, and Palaeoanthropology Project, established in 2005), are studying the Pinnacle Point Caves, which have revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour – while the environment of the area provides a different set of students with unique opportunities for the study of marine mammals, white sharks, and other natural phenomena.

“But Mossel Bay is also a popular holiday destination that offers an unusually large number of attractions and adventures – and it’s a thriving harbour town with all the challenges and triumphs facing any successful, 21st century South African community.

“Our plan is to encourage our Writers in Residence to explore any of these themes – or any others that might attract their attention,” said Ms. Holm.



Source:- Mossel Bay

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