New local drama asks: Who’s really responsible?

A dramatic new radio play by a local playwriting group will be heard live at the Dunedin Public Library later this month.

Posted: Friday June 1, 2018

Four plays will take the stage

Four short plays are to get their moment on stage, despite Fortune's closing, writes Kim Dungey.

Posted: Thursday May 24, 2018

Science in crime novels should be real - writer

Readers are keen for accurate forensic science to be conveyed through crime fiction, Dunedin researcher and crime novelist Dr Vanda Symon says.

Posted: Thursday May 24, 2018

Joint exhibition to celebrate 'Landfall'

Landfall’s position as New Zealand’s pre-eminent literary and art journal is being celebrated in a unique way by the Otago Arts Society. Rebecca Fox discovers what is behind a joint exhibition celebrating the connections between artistic and literary worlds.

Posted: Thursday May 24, 2018

Landfall exhibition connects art and literature

The Otago Art Society and Otago University Press are joining forces to present a unique exhibition that celebrates the connections between the artistic and literary worlds fostered by Landfall journal.

Posted: Thursday May 10, 2018

Winner of Young Writers' Essay Competition announced

Landfall, New Zealand’s leading journal of arts and literature, is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition is Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor, whose essay is titled ‘Disappearing Disease’.

Posted: Thursday May 3, 2018

Freedom Song

Emma Farry’s Freedom Song is a powerful and beautiful panacea for the world we live in. It’s a go-to book in times of trouble and a tool to enable more harmony and peace in your life.

Posted: Sunday April 29, 2018


Youth Zone Unplugged is back for 2018! This year we are giving ten young musical acts the opportunity to record and produce their own original tracks to air on OAR FM Dunedin and associated platforms - Free of Charge

Posted: Thursday April 5, 2018

Why Go Girl needed to be written

New Zealand's answer to Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is in bookshops now. It's called Go Girl: A Storybook of Epic NZ Women (Penguin Random House NZ), and it's written by the multi-award-winning Barbara Else. We asked Barbara to tell us why the book was so badly needed, and we...

Posted: Tuesday April 3, 2018

Literary flagstones well worth looking down on

The Dunedin Writers’ Walk has maintained a low profile for the past 25 years but Tony Eyre argues it is worth more than a passing glance.

Posted: Monday March 19, 2018

Novel shines fresh light on women’s suffrage as New Zealand celebrates 125 years

“Before I could stop myself I stood up in my seat and boasted that I had met Mrs Sheppard when we berthed in Christchurch. That I’d read Wollstonecraft in London and that all women should get the vote …”

Posted: Tuesday March 13, 2018

Otago well represented in 2018 Ockhams shortlist

A widely praised collection from a leading New Zealand poet, and an exciting new environmental history of the settlement of the Otago Peninsula, have been shortlisted for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Posted: Tuesday March 6, 2018

Reed Gallery exhibition celebrates A.H. Reed’s original gift to Dunedin

The latest Reed Gallery exhibition marks the seventieth anniversary of A.H. Reed’s original gift of his rare book and manuscript collection, officially donated to the Dunedin Public Library in 1948 in commemoration of the centenary of the founding of the province of Otago.

Posted: Friday March 2, 2018

Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award winner inspired by polar experience

Kāpiti poet Alison Glenny has won the 2017 Kathleen Grattan Award with ‘The Farewell Tourist’, a poetry collection inspired by a visit to Antarctica.

Posted: Monday November 6, 2017

Landfall Essay Competition winners share prize for radically different topics

Two New Zealand essayists writing on very different topics – life as an army recruit and the power of scent – are joint winners of the 2017 Landfall Essay Competition.

Posted: Monday November 6, 2017

Book Lovers' Walking Tours

Posted: Tuesday October 17, 2017

Short Story Conference

The New Zealand Short Story had its very own conference in Invercargill in early September and Athenaeum committee member Philippa Duffy and myself trekked to the deep south for a literary feast of a weekend.

Posted: Thursday October 5, 2017

Telling tales

Our lives are all made up of many stories and everyone has a tale to tell.

Posted: Friday September 22, 2017


International call for projects

“Created by filmmakers for filmmakers”

Posted: Thursday September 21, 2017

Festival of Colour hit The Blue Moments Project to perform in Dunedin

It’s a show that brings new meaning to the phrase “music and lyrics”. The Blue Moments Project, an evening of jazz, blues and spoken word, is coming to Dunedin for a one-off performance at Knox Church’s Stuart Hall on October 2.

Posted: Friday September 8, 2017

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