RIVERINA writers did not let the pandemic stand in the way of their latest creative works with a new book set to launch next weekend.
The Booranga Writers' annual anthology has persevered through a rough year to produce its latest addition to the series, FourW thirty-one: New Writing.
This year's theme of writing was 'water', honouring a lifeline thrown to the centre as they struggled to stay afloat with little funds.
Riverina Water funded a community grant to see numerous workshops and the publication of the anthology go ahead.
Booranga's Claire Baker said seeing the finished product brought on a sigh of relief and a wave pride.
"It's been a mammoth year with Covid rearing its ugly head," she said.
"We really had to work to reorganise workshops, change things around to an online platform, factor in social distancing and at the same time manage funding, so to see it finally wrapped up and ready to launch is fantastic."
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The FourW series each focuses on the region's roots, with this year's cover showcasing artwork from local talent Mathew Merritt, titled Free Mystery. The collective works was also given a Wiradjuri name in consultation with members of the Wiradjuri community - Nguluman, which means 'large body of water'.
The book will launch at the Wagga Art Gallery on Saturday, November 28 from 1.30pm, introduced by Riverina Water's Andrew Crakanthorp.
An additional launch will be held in Sydney at Gleebooks on December 5, announced by performance poet and contributor to the anthology, Tug Dumbly.
Wagga's event requires free tickets to be booked here.