Paekakariki writ­ers ‘on show’

Kapiti Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

A new lit­er­ary ex­hi­bi­tion has opened in a town where it’s just kind of nor­mal to be a writer.

On Sun­day, Paekakariki’s Sta­tion Mu­seum launched an ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing a dozen no­table writ­ers, past and present.

Co-cu­ra­tor Sylvia Bag­nall said the dis­play, which did not ex­haust the po­ten­tial list of au­thors from the vil­lage, fea­tured bi­ogra­phies, books and a video dis­play with read­ings by some of the au­thors them­selves.

The dis­play took only a few weeks to as­sem­ble, but was based on an idea kick­ing around for sev­eral years af­ter Bag­nall pub­lished an an­thol­ogy of writ­ing about Paekakariki it­self.

The dis­play fea­tured the likes of Michael O’Leary and Maureen Birch­field, and late writ­ers De­nis Glover, J C Sturm and Monte Hol­croft, Bag­nall said.

‘‘I guess it’s kind of nor­mal to be a writer here, and that makes it eas­ier to give it a go.’’

Given the town’s artis­tic pedi­gree, Bag­nall said the mu­seum would likely have to do some­thing about ‘‘mu­si­cians, and visual artists, and per­form­ing artists: We’ve got plenty of those in the vil­lage too’’.

The dis­play was opened by Kapiti Coast District coun­cil­lor Janet Hol­borow, who said the po­etry walk and ex­hi­bi­tion high­lighted the wealth and his­tory of lit­er­ary tal­ent in the vil­lage, ‘‘which has been sig­nif­i­cant on a na­tional scale’’.

Co-cu­ra­tor Sylvia Bag­nall at Paekakariki’s Sta­tion Mu­seum in the new writ­ers dis­play.

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