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Write a Short Story Inspired By Rotorua Museum Items


Wed 28 Aug 2019, 8:00am–5:00pm
Thu 29 Aug 2019, 8:00am–5:00pm
Fri 30 Aug 2019, 8:00am–5:00pm
Sat 31 Aug 2019, 8:00am–5:00pm
Sun 1 Sep 2019, 8:00am–5:00pm

Where: McLeods Book Sellers, 1148 Pukuatua St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Rotorua Museum

Rotorua Museum cares for more than 55,000 objects and photographs. Some of these have fantastic stories behind them and some of them have no information whatsoever. A third group have scattered tempting nuggets of information which make the staff wonder “What’s the story?”

The team selected some of these items and are inviting people to fill in the gaps by writing fictional short stories about the items.

Some of the objects include a photo of the first ever electric kettle in Rotorua from 1910, and the contents of a writing case which includes a set of fleams (for blood-letting), along with various train, ship, theatre and racecourse tickets, pieces of gold and a notebook. What story can you conjure up about this strange selection of objects?

View the selected items at

Once you get inspired by these fascinating collection pieces you can write your creative story. It must be fiction with a maximum word count of 4,000.

The stories are to be emailed to by 5pm on 1 September 2019.

Stories will be chosen by the Museum team and then shared online for others to read. Participants will be invited to a special event on Sunday 8 September, 2pm at McLeods Booksellers, where the finalist read aloud their stories (if the writers wish to).

For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email

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