Writ­ers tour to stim­u­late oth­ers

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Wanaka is set to be the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion of a tour be­ing held to in­spire writ­ers.

Four award-win­ning au­thors, Welling­ton nov­el­ist and short story writer Pip Adam, nov­el­ist Lau­rence Fearn­ley of Dunedin, fic­tion and non-fic­tion writer Tina Mak­ereti, and fic­tion writer Lawrence Patch­ett, both of Kapiti, will read from new work and speak about their pas­sion for writ­ing when they visit the Wanaka Pub­lic Li­brary on Oc­to­ber 7.

The tour hopes to en­cour­age the ex­pe­ri­ence of high-qual­ity lit­er­a­ture in south­ern com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘Dis­tance and cost can make it dif­fi­cult for peo­ple from smaller com­mu­ni­ties to ac­cess lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals in ur­ban cen­tres such as Auck­land, Welling­ton and Christchurch.

‘‘As writ­ers we want to be proac­tive, tour the south and in­tro­duce au­di­ences to new and ex­cit­ing work,’’ Fearn­ley said.

The quar­tet will stop in Oa­maru, Dunedin, Gore and Te Anau be­fore fin­ish­ing in Wanaka.

Pen to pa­per: North Is­land writ­ers Tina Mak­ereti, Pip Adam, and Lawrence Patch­ett will join Lau­rence Fearn­ley, ab­sent, on a tour of South Is­land towns, stop­ping in Wanaka.

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