Lit­er­ary in­spi­ra­tion

Fo­cus­ing on the im­por­tance of con­serv­ing Cen­tral Otago’s unique char­ac­ter.

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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 hmcp@xtra.co.nz or 027 229 8307.

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