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W Dance Company’s Chloe Gisby, Kirsten Plowman, Kaylee Marjoribanks, and Wynand Claassen. Absent: Nicole Fraser. Photo: Supplied.

If you’ve ever wondered how storytellers bring history alive, the first of a series of panel discussions called ‘Creative Conversations’ will give you at least some of the answers.

The series is being run by Tauranga Writers and the first event is this Sunday afternoon, May 15, at the Greerton Library. Acclaimed historical writers Debbie McCauley, Susan Brocker, Vivien Edwards and oral storyteller Lovonne Campbell will share their secrets, passions and ideas of how they weave historical magic through their stories.

“We can all learn from people who are already successful,” says Tauranga Writers secretary Carol Garden. “We want local writers and storytellers to develop their confidence and skills by bringing together creative professionals to share knowledge and inspiration.

“Reading and hearing about the past helps our society to navigate the future successfully. New Zealand history is full of exciting characters and events, which our panel members have brought to life in their writing and storytelling.”

Support from Creative BOP has enabled the group to run three events on different aspects of writing. The second event will focus on how to get stories out in the world; the third is on diverse personal narratives.

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