Southland's writers and readers are finally getting their own Festival thanks to a group of booklovers who believe it's past time the region celebrated its rich literary heritage.
Local writers are keen as mustard, and the organisers don't want ticket prices to put off potential guests who've had a tough time of it during the pandemic. So the author talks, workshops and book-themed quiz night are all free.
Storm Reece is one of the organisers and a trustee of the Dan Davin Literary Foundation, named after one of Southland's best loved writers.
She confirms to Lynn Freeman that it is Southland's first official Writers and Readers Festival.
The Southland Writers & Readers Festival starts on Thursday, October 15 at the Miharo venue in Invercargill.