Paekakariki writers ‘on show’
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.