Throughout 2011, poet, playwright and former EO of the Northern Territory Writers’ Centre (NTWC) Sandra Thibodeaux traipsed 1000s of km from Darwin to come and inspire local writers in the Barkly. She held well attended workshops offering encouragement, support and her considerable warmth and expertise to further our skills and confidence in writing, editing our work and public performance. Barkly writers and Sandra got down to the write stuff in March with some brave souls reading out work the following day at a cultural afternoon starring singer/songwriter Shellie Morris at Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre on the main drag of Tennant Creek. Sandra inspired the Barkly mob, including a few new faces, again in June to write a poem or short story based on found objects outside. With dogs lazing in the red dirt and white clouds hanging in the wintry blue afternoon sky, no-one was short of inspiration.