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Literary Events

Dunedin has a wonderfully vibrant and active literary events calendar and is legendary for its long-standing tradition of public readings and poetry. The city generously presents a wide variety of bookish related programmes; from walking tours, writing workshops and educational seminars, through to preschool storytime sessions, reading programmes, author talks, exhibitions and play readings.

With a well-earned reputation for delivering quality literary programmes and speakers to a wide range of audiences, Dunedin brings to life and honours annual national literary celebrations, such as New Zealand Poetry Day, New Zealand Book Month, as well as the New Zealand Post Book Awards.

Special literary events include the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival, 24-hour Regent book sale, National Poetry Day celebrations, the Ignition Kids Book Festival, readings in Dunedin’s unique Chinese scholar’s garden at Chinese New Year and the Robert Burns Poetry Competition.


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