Essie Summers Plaque
Dunedin Writers Walk
On Saturday 8 May 2021, Essie Summers, peerless romantic author, with sales of more than 19 million novels worldwide, was celebrated with a newly unveiled plaque on Dunedin’s Writers’ Walk. An official unveiling ceremony with an opening address by Mayor Aaron Hawkins attracted a crowd of enthusiasts and members of the author’s family. The occasion was an important part of the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2021.
Coinciding with an exhibition at Dunedin Public Libraries’ Reed Gallery titled ‘Seasons of Summers’ this and other events held in conjunction with the unveiling of the new Essie Summers plaque were extremely popular.
The project was the result of many collaborations and partnerships: The Dunedin Public Library Association Friends of the Library, The Alexander McMillan Trust, Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature, DCC Urban Design Team (for location selection) and the DCC Transport Team (for installation). The new plaque located in the Octagon at the base of the Robert Burns statue, is a significant addition to Dunedin’s Writers Walk is perfectly placed to attract ongoing attention from residents and visitors to Dunedin.