Poetry wall ‘quite a drawcard’

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Adding his thoughts to a giant poem blackboard at Central Stories Museum is Promil Sharma, of Alexandra.

Museum receptionist Rosanna Ottaway said the poetry wall had been “quite a drawcard”, many people stopping to read it and add their own thoughts.

Even some unexpected people had added their contribution, including a man who looked like he was a truck driver whom she did not expect would be interested in adding his words to the wall.

The giant poem was installed as part of National Poetry Day.

Central Otago District Arts Trust arts co-ordinator Rebekah de Jong said the “Take a Risk, Make a Poem” evening was well attended.

“It was wonderful to hear Jillian Sullivan, Brian Turner and Michael Harlow read, and a real treat to have both Kyle Mewburn and Mike Riddell join us for the first time too.”

Queenstown author Jane Bloomfield read two poems and five to six poets from Alexandra and Bannockburn also contributed to the open mike poetry reading session.