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Anthology contributors ‘sing a mean waiata’

A collection of works by Tairawhiti writers has been likened by author Witi Ihimaera to a group of Coasties at the beach breaking out the guitar after a barbecue.

The anthology, Kaituhi Rawhiti (Eastern scribes) will be launched on Friday.

“These contributors each sing a mean waiata,” says Ihimaera in the introduction.

Put together by editors Aaron Compton, Gillian Moon, Chris McMaster and Claire Price the book is an anthology of seven parts that include stories, autobiography and poetry. There is even a graphic story, and a speculative fiction, section.

With a striking cover design that depicts the eastern wing of the North Island made from sand with sea foam sizzling on its shores, a pounamu pendant and a feather, the book is a celebration of East Coast writers.

“From up the coast to the depths of space, from the horrific to the poetic, there's something inside for every reader,” says the blurb.

The public is invited to the launch of Kaituhi Rawhiti at Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club on Friday at 5.30pm. Copies of the book will be available for only $20 (cash only) at the event. Alternatively, order a copy to be delivered from the shortcut, tinyurl.com/y8arcm63.

All funds raised from sales of the book will go towards future writing projects.

EASTERN SCRIBES: After months of reading and selecting submissions, Kaituhi Rawhiti (Eastern scribes) editors Aaron Compton, Christopher McMaster, Claire Price and Gillian Moon are ready to launch the long-awaited anthology just in time for Christmas. Picture by Paul Rickard