Writers unite to show support


THE first meeting of the South Alive Writers Group was held at the South Alive Community Artspace in the South City Mall last month.

The idea for the group was conceived by writer Terry Lynch, of Invercargill, who for the past seven years has also been the producer and host of Radio Southland’s consumer mental health and addictions programme Calm Minds.

Lynch said his philosophy for the group was for it to have an encouraging atmosphere in which people could talk and share about whatever they were writing.

Any kind of writing could be explored at the workshop, he said.

“It may be that the group might decide to concentrate on poetry one week or short stories the next. I believe in the group running itself, within reason, and the members keeping the group respectful and harmonious so it brings out the best in everyone.”

Lynch said he began writing “years ago” and had written radio plays, poetry and short stories.

Writing had been “a really good asset” and had helped him cope with life, and he hoped others would come along to share in its creative and therapeutic benefits, he said.

The group would meet at the South Alive Community Artspace on the last Wednesday of every month, starting at 3pm, he said.

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