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

Corpus: Conversations about Medicine and Life

“Nothing will sustain you more potently than the power to recognise… the true poetry of life.” Sir William Osler (1849-1919), in an address to medical students.

Posted: Wednesday June 8, 2016

Director appointed for City of Literature Dunedin

The Dunedin City Council has appointed Nicky Page as Director City of Literature. Ms Page is currently an Academic Manager in the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Otago, managing academic administration, strategic projects and academic communications. 

Posted: Tuesday April 19, 2016

Dunedin's Missing Literary Link

Thorpe Talbot (1850-1923) was one of Dunedin’s earliest known writers and journalists and be came a celebrity. She became famous for “Philiberta” that won the Melbourne Leader newspaper’s novel competition in 1881 and was later published by Ward, Lock (London) for international sale.

Posted: Monday December 7, 2015

Who Cared? Otago Nurses in WWI

This immersive and interactive exhibition tells the story of three nurses as they care for wounded soldiers during the Great War. Watch the nurses at work, pick up and read their letters, touch their few possessions and discover their most private thoughts. 

Posted: Wednesday November 11, 2015


Prague, a fellow UNESCO City of Literature, have Dunedin up in lights - and we like it  lot!

Posted: Wednesday October 14, 2015

The Toji Cultural Foundation International Writers’ and Artists’ Residency Program

Programme for Supporting Creative Works and Cultural Exchanges by Foreign Writers, Artists and Scholars. 

Posted: Sunday October 11, 2015

Baxter Memorial a Step Closer

Public recognition of WWI war resister Archibald Baxter is a step closer following the selection of three finalists in a competition to build a memorial in the Otago Museum Reserve.

Posted: Friday October 2, 2015

Community Read. UNESCO City of Literature booklist

This Summer we invite you to work your way through this recommended list of great reads from the 11 UNESCO Cities of Literature.   

Posted: Wednesday September 23, 2015

NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship – Recipient Announced!

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2016 is award-winning Otago poet Michael Harlow.

Posted: Thursday September 17, 2015

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