Book captures local life during lockdown

Author Latheefa Verrall and husband Bill, also a contributor and former Principal of Fiordland College, at the launch last Friday.

MORE than 50 people attended the launch of the book Fiordland Community’s Lockdown and Reflections from Covid-19 in Te Anau on Friday.

The book was the brainchild of Latheefa Verrall, a former Fiordland College teacher, to give writers and photographers an opportunity to capure thoughts and imagery about life during lockdown.

The initial idea was to create a reference for the Te Anau Library for future generations to be able to read about the experiences first-hand of local people during lockdown.

This had grown into a book featuring essays and short stories produced by novice and professional writers as a reference for future generations with about 100 photographs also included.

Friends of the Library chairwoman Marilyn Hunter said the project had turned into something much better than originally thought and envisaged about 400 books would be sold.

Friends of the Library and the Rotary Club had underwritten the publication of the book.

The first print run of 200 books had already sold out, with more orders being taken for the next two weeks.

  • Anyone wanting to order a book could contact Marilyn Hunter through the Te Anau Community Facebook page.

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