The invitation was to A Proper High Tea at Burnside with the added attraction of a conversation in which Fiona Kidman and Owen Marshall would share their thoughts on The Spirit of Place in Writing.
Burnside is one of North Otago’s original homesteads which specialises in Victorian fare. The proper high tea included pease pudding, devilled chicken, cold sliced venison, jellied beetroot, green salad and rooled bread and butter.
Dainty cinnamon oysters, chocolate cream cakes and a selection of fruit tarts followed.
In between courses the two writers took us around New Zealand and the world with poetry and prose.
The evening was a fundraiser for the Janet Frame Eden Street Trust.
Earlier in the day Fiona had led a workshop on writing memoirs in the Janet Frame room at Waitaki Girls’ High School followed by lunch and writing time at Janet’s childhood home at 56 Eden Street.