Despite shifts in access thanks to ever-improving communication technologies, regional voices are still often missing in our national cultural conversations. When regional stories are told, they are still often told from voices outside of our communities, and often rely on outdated stereotypes that do not reflect and represent what it is like to be a young person living in regional Australia here and now. Join some of the writers from This Was Urgent Yesterday in conversation with Carclew and Country Arts SA Creative Producer Regional Youth to talk playwriting in the regions and reflect on the rich, complicated and frustrating reality of telling stories from and about regional Australia.


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