Focusing on the importance of conserving Central Otago’s unique character.
Author Owen Marshall, master of the short story, poet Brian Turner and non-fiction writer Mary Hobbs will provide the literary inspiration for this year’s Across the Bridge in Bannockburn event.
One of the organisers Jan Hawkins said the trio will give readings at the Bannockburn Hotel at an ‘‘Essentially Central’’ literary forum on Saturday.
‘‘The discussion, facilitated by Robin Dicey, will focus on the importance of conserving Central Otago’s unique character.’’
The fifth annual Across the Bridge in Bannockburn event is facilitated by Cromwell Community Arts.
It runs until October 2 and includes exhibitions, wine tasting and competitions aimed at challenging people’s creativity, she said.
‘‘There’s lots of new stuff this year.
‘‘It’s all about getting people out to Bannockburn, but it’s also for the locals to just get together and have some fun.’’
A highlight will be the return today of the Reel Life films showcasing remarkable historic footage of rural Otago and Southland.
‘‘They showed some of these films, from as early as 1913, in the lovely old historic woolshed at Kawarau Station some time ago and people have been requesting a repeat ever since.’’
Bannockburn Hotel is hosting a ‘‘Budburst Festival’’ on Sunday, with blind wine tasting and build-yourown fascinator competitions.
Tickets are available from Cromwell i-site. Inquiries to email@example.com or 027 229 8307.