by Helen Holt
South Canterbury writer and artist Noel Guthrie (83) has released his ninth book.
Butchers Creek is a series of several short stories. Many are fictional but inspired by events in Mr Guthrie’s life.
The stories are about a variety of themes, from little dogs or a farm he bought, to “complete nonsense”.
A story entitled “Silently Crapping Myself” was inspired by Mr Guthrie’s driving test in Fairlie on an icy cold day when he was 15.
Mr Guthrie has been writing the book on and off for the last few months, after he had a stroke and developed Parkinson’s disease.
His wife, Helen, said writing was one of the things that kept him going after his health challenges.
His other books include history and memoirs, his favourite being Century in the Making, a series of profiles about bandsmen of the Mackenzie Highland Pipe Band, for which he was a drummer for many years.
The former builder began writing when he was 50 when he wanted a distraction from recurring nightmares.
He had never written or painted anything before, but he became immersed in history at local libraries, discovering history books that were falling apart, and becoming inspired to give those themes a rebirth.
His first book was entitled Memories, and he had since written two more of the same name.
His other works include Ballad of Ernie Slow, Love Lies and Laughter and Deceit of the Highest Order.
- The Courier has a copy of Butchers Creek to give away. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31. Put “Butcher’s Creek” in the subject line and we will draw a winner when we’re back on deck in the new year.