WRITERS FESTIVAL: Migrant looked anew at his town

PEOPLE can next month walk in the shoes of a renowned migrant writer as part of Beechworth’s writers, readers and poets festival.

And writing and reading will not be the only things on the agenda with a tour of landmarks mentioned in the writings of important district author, David Martin.

Tour co-ordinator Chris Dormer said she wanted to show aspiring writers where inspiration dwelled.

“David Martin lived in Beechworth for 20-odd years after migrating from Hungary in the late 40s,” she said.

“He loved it here and wrote poems about places and events.

“The tour is partly to highlight how writing about everyday things can be interesting.”

The excursion will move from the post office to the bakery to the Burke Museum and the old gaol.

Ms Dormer said the tour would also show people the town through different eyes.

“David grew up in a different culture and had his own way of looking at Beechworth,” she said.

“The tour looks at the town as it was when he was here and what has changed.”

Friends of Mr Martin will read his poetry at each destination.

Organiser Estelle Paterson said the three-day event would offer participants workshops and readings from guest writers Tony Birch, Kevin Brophy, Beverley Lello, Kate Rotherham and Eddie Paterson.

“We just really want to focus on the joy of reading and writing,” she said.

“We want to allow people to improve their skills and hear what other people are doing.”

Those wanting to take part in the festival from February 14 to 16 can visit beechworthartscouncil.org.au or phone 0408 640 026 or 0428 286 556.

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