Announcing the 2016 Blue Oyster Summer Writing Resident:

Robyn Maree Pickens

With support from the Quarantine Island Kamau Taurua Community, Dunedin-based writer Robyn Maree Pickens will be spending 4 weeks on the Island in November and December, producing a body of writing as a response to the Island as an amalgam: of nature and culture; of sea and land; of relative...

Posted: Monday October 17, 2016

Stepsisters take on Filluel St carpark

Posted: Tuesday October 11, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS - Screenwriting: Fact and Fiction, Truth and the Real

In order to ensure timely notification and subsequent travel planning, please note the deadline: Abstracts for original paper presentations and panels may be submitted until November 15, 2016. This date has been set as it is national vacation time over Dec/Jan in New Zealand and all committee members already have...

Posted: Friday October 7, 2016

Blanket Hut Braille

This Blind Week Julie Woods is responding to a 7 day challenge put out by the Blind Foundation in conjunction with an organised event where 7 blind people are challenging themselves over 700 km for 7 days!

Posted: Thursday September 29, 2016

Worth the Wait: Alan Roddick’s second poetry collection

After establishing a poetic presence on the literary scene in the early 1960s, Dunedin’s Alan Roddick published his first collection, The Eye Corrects: Poems 1955–1965, in 1967. A mere 49 years later comes the sequel, Getting it Right: Poems 1968–2015.

Posted: Thursday September 29, 2016

The Other Side of the Mountain: Rewriting NZ climbing history

The story of Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Everest is familiar to all New Zealanders. Now a new book focuses on the previously untold story of the trailblazing first New Zealand Himalayan Expedition in 1951.

Posted: Thursday September 29, 2016

The Friends of the Hocken Collections 2016 Research Award

In 2016 the Friends of the Hocken Collections celebrate their 25th anniversary of establishment.

Posted: Sunday September 11, 2016

Recent publications by Dunedin publisher Paua Press Limited

Sir George Grey and the moa by Bruce Spittle, 2015. Education and fluoridation in New Zealand: an historical study by John Colquhoun, 2016.

Posted: Wednesday September 7, 2016

A poem when you park

Next time you pay for parking, your ticket might come with a poem.

Posted: Thursday August 25, 2016

Michael Harlow’s Winning New Poetry Collection

The poems in Michael Harlow’s new collection, Nothing for it but to Sing, are small detonations that release deeply complex stories of psychological separations and attractions, of memory and desire.

Posted: Thursday August 11, 2016

Blue Oyster call for proposals

Blue Oyster is pleased to announce a call for solo, duo, group and curated exhibition proposals for the first half of 2017. A proposal call for the remaining 6 months of the coming year will be announced early 2017.

Posted: Monday August 1, 2016

 Call for Participation for the forthcoming 5th International Summit of the Book 2016, Limerick City, Ireland

Please note the information below and consider whether you may wish to respond to the call and/or to make suggestions for possible suitable speakers for this prestigious conference coming to Limerick, Ireland in November 2016.

Posted: Friday July 22, 2016



New Zealand’s first writing residency, the Robert Burns Fellowship, was established in 1958 in Dunedin marking the bicentenary of the birth of Robbie Burns. Now, 58 years later and to mark their seventy years of bookselling, Dunedin’s University Book Shop has created another New Zealand first with a bookshop-based annual...

Posted: Thursday July 21, 2016

Two books by local author Beatrice Hale

Two books by local author Beatrice Hale, both available as e-books on Smashwords and on, which also provides a print book. Beatrice usually writes on gerontology and caregiving, but has changed direction in retirement to look at her ancestors and write their stories, two of which are fictionalized here.

Posted: Tuesday July 19, 2016

Scholarly Favourites. Researching in Special Collections

de Beer gallery, Special Collections, University of Otago, 10 June to 26 August 2016

Posted: Monday July 11, 2016

Printer in Residence & Exhibition

A Matariki Engagement*

Posted: Monday July 11, 2016

Lotteries Award to help establish the first writers’ residency in the home of a Māori writer

The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust has just been awarded $100,000 by the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee to restore and repair the South Otago crib of ‘people’s poet’ Hone Tuwhare (1922 ‐ 2008).

Posted: Friday June 17, 2016

CALL for PAPERS - Book and Place

The University of Otago Centre for the Book announces its 2016 Annual Symposium University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 27–28 October 2016

Posted: Tuesday June 14, 2016

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