Funding for Clutha literary publication

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The new Charles Brasch? . . . Dylan Anderson is the mastermind of the new Clutha literary publication Heteroglossia.

JACK.CONROY@cluthaleader.co.nz

‘‘Heteroglossia’’ is defined as the presence of two or more expressed viewpoints in a text or other artistic work.
It is also the title of a new arts publication that looks to serve as a launchpad for Clutha creatives.
‘‘Me and my sister are wannabe bohemians,’’ said writer Dylan Anderson, of Milton,who came up with the concept for the publication.
‘‘And we had this idea. We knew there were some damn cool creative people around here, and we wanted to make it a thing.’’
The voracious reader approached Kim Schiller, of Project Bruce, to see what could be done.
‘‘I thought it was an amazing idea,’’ Mrs Schiller said.
They took their proposal for a regular literature and arts publication to the Clutha District Council, which quickly approved it for funding through the Creative Communities scheme.
Mr Anderson said part of the drive behind Heteroglossia was to recognise Milton’s creative heritage and its future potential.
The township’s character spurred the imaginative impulse, Mr Anderson said.
‘‘The dark caverns and walkways lend themselves to it.
‘‘The streets are all named after famous poets as well.’’
Milton had Chaucer, Shakespeare and Moore Sts; it was clear Mr Anderson had grown up in the right place.
The 20-year-old previously attended Tokomairiro High School, where he discovered his love of the written word.
Mrs Schiller had previously taught at the school, and it was where she first came into contact with the Mr Anderson.
At school he would often have to drop whatever he was doing and attend to the muse, writing furiously to capture a stream of consciousness before it was gone, she said.
‘‘He doesn’t even seem to think about what he writes, and it just comes out perfect,’’ she said.
For Mr Anderson, though, the project was bigger than any of his works alone.
‘‘I want it to be like Landfall. I’m obsessed with it,’’ he said.
Landfall is New Zealand’s oldest surviving literary magazine.
It was founded in 1947 by Otago poet Charles Brasch and brought previously undiscovered writers into the limelight.
The team behind Heteroglossia hope to achieve the same high mark, starting in the Clutha district.
The zine would not be restricted to one particular form, or even the written word.
Mrs Schiller said they wanted everything from photography to painting, poetry or short stories.
Contributions were welcomed at brucecommunities@gmail.com.