Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LO­CAL NEWS -

The writ­ing course I’m do­ing is hav­ing a won­der­ful side ef­fect – I’m be­ing in­tro­duced to writers and po­ets that I should have heard of but never found the time or de­sire to ex­plore.

Much to my em­bar­rass­ment, I’ve al­ways had that cul­tural cringe about New Zealand writers; I have no idea why, but I’ve al­ways shied away from our na­tive tal­ent.

A re­cent in­tro­duc­tion to some of our su­per­vi­sors un­cov­ered some real gems, in­clud­ing Ber­nadette Hall. As is my wont, I headed straight to the lo­cal li­brary and found some of her pub­lished works, and was de­lighted to in­dulge in her wit and ob­ser­va­tion. In­clud­ing this wee piece of bril­liance from The Lus­tre Jug.

I’m stunned by the tal­ent we have, and cha­grined that it’s taken me this long to find it.

– Shan­non.

is a town of Greek summers and rock­split­ting win­ters.

I should know, I was born not far from there.

So who’s the guy on the poncy horse out­side West­min­ster?

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