‘Hybrid’ of artists and writers

Founding members of the Dunedin Speculative Fiction Writer’s Group, (from left) Daniel Stride, Kura Carpenter, Carolyn McCurdie, and Debbie Howell gather for one of their regular meetings at the Athenaeum Library. Photo: Mark McCabe
Founding members of the Dunedin Speculative Fiction Writer’s Group, (from left) Daniel Stride, Kura Carpenter, Carolyn McCurdie, and Debbie Howell gather for one of their regular meetings at the Athenaeum Library. Photo: Mark McCabe
Creating stories for the world’s second-most popular genre, speculative fiction, is a joy and a passion for a group of Dunedin authors.

Formed late last year, the Dunedin Speculative Fiction group brings together a diverse group of writers working in the field, which covers the fantasy, science-fiction, and horror genres.

Author and group member Kura Carpenter said there had been a national speculative fiction group SpecficNZ for some time, but that there had been a gap for local authors.

‘‘We’re a hybrid between a traditional writers’ group and an artist collective,’’ Carpenter said.

‘‘Our aim is to help promote and support professional authors through creating local opportunities and by sharing resources.

‘‘We recognise that working together benefits all writers — a rising tide lifts all boats.’’

Members of the Dunedin Speculative Fiction group, all published authors, meet monthly to share mutual support, discuss ideas and encourage professional development.

‘‘Being so far away from other authors and groups encourages local ingenuity in our writing and publishing efforts,’’ Carpenter said.

In the lead-up to this month’s Writers & Readers Festival (May 9 to 12), the Dunedin Speculative Fiction group will present a free fantasy author panel on Tuesday, May 7, from 5.30pm in the Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library.

Local book lovers are invited to come along and experience the weird and wonderful world of fantasy with authors RL Stedman, Carolyn McCurdie, Debbie Howell, Daniel Stride, Mark McCabe and Kura Carpenter. Each will read a bite-sized taster from their novels.

A book sales table will be available (cash sales only).

Bookings for this free event are available by phoning 474-3690 or emailing library@dcc.govt.nz 

BRENDA.HARWOOD@thestar.co.nz 

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