When a young woman’s body is discovered in the Dunedin Town Belt, Louise Hepburn is haunted by both the case and her past. From Ōtepoti, the Edinburgh of the south, Prospect Park Productions NZ presents the multi-award-winning thriller, Dark Dunedin.

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86b (formerly Dear Nature)

Created by Ōtepoti’s Max Balloch, the 86b podcast is a series of self-described ‘love letters to existence’, exploring a range of topics from tree communication to moon exploration to what the first human thought may have been. They're well worth a listen!

Max won the Independent Podcast of the Year award at the 2022 New Zealand Podcast Awards for his series Dear Nature, and was also runner-up in the best entertainment award and best rising star award.

86b picks up from where Dear Nature left off.

Welcome to existence!

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2023 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival

Join us around the ancient fire of story, as we gather to listen to key events from the 2023 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival. The Festival moved as a current, bringing ideas in and sending others on a voyage beyond. This podcast series records some of these encounters, so that their ripples might ebb and flow, far into the future. 

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival (dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz)

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Library Mix

The latest news and events from our Dunedin Public Libraries, and music from the libraries’ extensive collection. The Library Mix team is Rachel, Su, Glenda, Ali and Jill.

Home | Dunedin Public Library official website (dunedinlibraries.govt.nz)

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New Zealand Young Writers Festival

The New Zealand Young Writers Festival celebrates playwrights and poets; comedians and historians; critics and consciences; the only national festival by, for and about young writers, held right here in Ōtepoti Dunedin. 


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Play: Notes

Ever wondered what’s the big deal with a particular play or playwright? Was Romeo really worth it? What exactly was Oedipus’ complex? Who was Antigone antagonising? And why was a play about vaginas revolutionary for its time? This is where Play: Notes comes in. Join Dramaturgs Emily Duncan and Allison Horsley as they give you the need-to-know notes on plays that have influenced how we watch, read, and think about theatre. Warning: Contains mature themes, language, and spoilers. Play:Notes is produced by Prospect Park NZ and engineered by Otago Access Radio. Season Two original theme music is by Matthew Morgan.

Prospect Park Productions

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Profile of 20 Young Poets

In this series we profile 20 young Dunedin writers about their passion for poetry and creative writing. We will also hear them perform their own original works and explore the background of their stories.

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Nothing can replace the pleasure of turning the pages of the written book.

Wireless Books explores our city’s rich literary heritage, talking with people who are passionate about the printed word, and celebrating the Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute’s fascinating local history.

Join Christine and Beth every second Saturday for reviews and discussion about books old and new.

Proudly sponsored by the Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute: Athenaeum (dunedinathenaeum.org.nz)

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Write On with Beverly Martens

Write On is hosted by Beverly Martens, a Dunedin-based writer and founder of Dunedin Literary Walking Tours. In each show, Beverly interviews local writers and people involved in the book industry. She also promotes local events and shares some good music. Write On with Beverly Martens is presented on behalf of the Otago Southland Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors and has been created with generous support from the University Book Shop.

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In 2014, Dunedin became a UNESCO City of Literature and a member of the wider Creative Communities Network. It’s all about connecting with readers through libraries, schools, bookshops, festivals, workshops, events, performances, exhibitions and more. We celebrate our wonderful writers of fiction and non-fiction, poets, oral storytellers, playwrights, screenwriters and lyricists. Every fortnight on Otago Access Radio’s OARsome Morning Show, Write Spot takes a look at how our city is embracing its City of Literature status with Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature director Nicky Page.

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