Cen­tral Otago through writ­ers’ words

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A Cen­tral Otago author is be­hind a pro­ject to cap­ture Otago and South­land’s long and il­lus­tri­ous lit­er­ary his­tory in a new book lovers’ guide. Kyle Mew­burn, chair­man of the re­gion’s So­ci­ety of Au­thors, said the guide would pay homage to au­thors with con­nec­tions to the re­gion, in­clud­ing Janet Frame, Hone Tuwhare, James K Bax­ter and Dan Davin, as well as con­tem­po­rary au­thors such as Brian Turner, Fiona Far­rell, Ruth Dal­las, Bill Man­hire and Gavin Bishop. An award-win­ning author of chil­dren’s books, Mew­burn said the guide would be a valu­able re­source for book-loving tourists and lo­cals. ‘‘Most coun­tries with proud lit­er­ary his­to­ries have guides for fans of par­tic­u­lar au­thors; think Dick­ens, Shake­speare or Austen coun­try. We’re a bit be­hind the play in that re­spect, so hope­fully the guide will go some way to rem­e­dy­ing that. ‘‘It will be the first of its kind in the coun­try, as far as I know.’’ The aim of the guide is to link lo­cal writ­ers and their work with spe­cific places and the so­ci­ety is hop­ing for peo­ple who have favourite quotes, po­ems and ex­cerpts from their favourite lo­cal au­thors, or a piece of writ­ing that they feel strongly evokes a par­tic­u­lar place or event in Otago or South­land, to sub­mit them for in­clu­sion in the guide. Mew­burn said the pro­ject was as much about read­ers and their re­sponses to a writer’s work as the writ­ers them­selves. ‘‘We’re look­ing for the quirky, the off­beat and the per­sonal.’’

What are the best lit­er­ary quotes, po­ems or ex­cerpts by lo­cal writ­ers about lo­cal places or events? Sug­ges­tions to: south­ern booklovers@gmail.com – one con­trib­u­tor will win a col­lec­tion of lo­cal ti­tles. More in­for­ma­tion: Face­book page Booklovers’ Guide to Otago and South­land. Book lover: Kyle Mew­burn is be­hind a pro­ject to pro­duce a lit­er­ary guide to

Cen­tral Otago. Inset: Janet Frame

Hone Tuwhare

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