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A Great City For Writers

Dunedin has been home to many of New Zealand’s most celebrated writers and poets since the 19th century. Nationally significant writers include poet Thomas Bracken, who wrote New Zealand’s national anthem, Charles Brasch, founder of Landfall, the country’s foremost literary journal; Sir Alfred Hamish Reed, founder of a highly successful publishing company; Janet Frame, internationally respected for her fiction and poetry, poet, dramatist and social critic James K. Baxter, and Hone Tuwhare poet laureate from 1999 to 2001.

Dunedin boasts a thriving branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors and is home to many members of the New Zealand Writers' Guild, many of whom generously share their knowledge and talents with the next generation of writers through workshops and master classes in schools and writers' groups.

"The city has fine cultural and educational institutions, is a true 'seat of learning' - on a per capita basis more so than other New Zealand cities. Artists, musicians, composers, writers and craftspeople find Dunedin an excellent place in which to live and work." Brian Turner


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