Meet Rhiannon Elton: The champion behind Logan’s art community

Rhiannon D. Elton is a local fantasy detective author with six books published and has planned another four books to be published by December for the completion of her first season of ten books. But that’s not all.

Rhiannon is also Logan’s Arts Champion for the Chamber of Commerce, and recently organised Logan’s first writers festival. Rhiannon wanted to create a space for local authors to talk about their journeys and inspire the younger generations.

“Ever since the Logan Writers Festival was first announced there has been an overwhelming amount of support from the community,” she tells Blank.

“Local authors were desperate for a place to share their work with the public and by creating a space that was dedicated to them we were able to help them build their readership.

“I was inspired to start a Logan Writers Festival mostly because we haven’t had anything like this for ten years. As a writer and a businesswoman, I know the importance of having a thriving community and the strength that can lend you.

Having a tribe that you can learn from and be pushed to succeed with is often the factor that makes you successful or not.

“I often hear that being an author is a lonely life, but I don’t think it has to be. Sitting in a library writing with your friends, getting together to do working bee days, and sharing each other’s successes is far from lonely. I wanted Logan to get a boost in building its own thriving literary community,” Rhiannon continues.

Thanks to Rhiannon, the Chamber hosts numerous dinners and breakfasts during the year, offering locals a chance to network and receive knowledge that helps to turn their art into a business.

“The purpose of these events is to bridge the gap between business and art so that we can create a community in Logan where we make the ‘starving artist’ a myth.” says Rhiannon.

For the rest of 2021, Rhiannon will be preparing the final Arts Breakfast and Arts After Dark with the Logan Chamber of Commerce for the end of the year. And organising her book launch in December.

“This will be the first season of the Wolflock Cases series, my fantasy detective novel series. It’s a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Lord of the Rings for anyone who loves a good mystery and puzzles to solve,” says Rhiannon.

Rhiannon continues to support local authors and artists, hosting the second writers festival in 2022.

“The arts is filled to the brim with interesting people and every day I get to help them reach their goals is a blessing,” she says.

Check out Rhiannon’s books at rhiannoneltonauthor.com, and visit loganchamber.com.au to see what the team is up to.

IMAGE (C) Simone Gorman-Clark

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