2018 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement: winners announced

Feminist and working-class stories, poetry as song, and a deeper understanding of New Zealand art – these are just some of the frontiers explored by this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement.

Posted: Monday October 8, 2018

BUT I CHANGED ALL THAT: ‘First’ New Zealand women, by Jane Tolerton

But I Changed All That is a collection of New Zealand women ‘firsts’ – from 1893 to 2018. The 76-page book, put out to commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage, contains portraits of ‘first’ New Zealand women, with extended captions, including a quote from each subject.

Posted: Sunday September 30, 2018

New Citywide Event Calendar

The new citywide event calendar is now live on DunedinNZ.com.

Posted: Sunday September 30, 2018

Wordsmith course: Radio Drama II

This is a short course proposed for February 2019. The focus would be on writing radio drama but, depending on interest, could also include adapting short fiction (narration with bursts of dialogue), poems and monologues (dramatic or essayic), and memoir sequences to radio.

Posted: Thursday September 27, 2018

Auckland Writers Festival Launches Literary Foundation

A new Foundation established by the Auckland Writers Festival aims to strengthen Aotearoa’s literary landscape.

Posted: Monday September 24, 2018

Dunedin City Of Magic

Anyone living in Dunedin knows the magic of our city. Kura Carpenter thought she’d share that with the world. Her debut novel The Kingfisher’s Debt (IFWG Australia) is set in contemporary Dunedin with one twist: What if magic was real?

Posted: Monday September 24, 2018

A decade of New Zealand Bestsellers to celebrate this NZ Bookshop Day

Seven NZ novels, eight children’s & YA books and five non-fiction titles comprise the Top 20 Bestsellers voted as favourites by booksellers from all over New Zealand. Now, the public have their opportunity to vote for their Bestseller of the Decade, in celebration of the fourth annual NZ Bookshop Day...

Posted: Sunday September 23, 2018

Robert Burns Fellows get-together frequency could double

The success of a reunion of University of Otago Robert Burns Fellows, means that their next get-together could come sooner than the usual 10-year interval.

Posted: Tuesday September 11, 2018

New Zealand Young Writers Festival Launches 2018 Programme

Robot poetry, decolonising literature, and feminism in the age of #metoo are among the hot button topics at this year’s New Zealand Young Writers Festival. Performances, workshops, panel discussions, and film screenings make up the 18 free events taking place in Dunedin from September 6th - 9th.

Posted: Tuesday August 14, 2018

Robert Burns Fellowship Exhibition, University of Otago, Dunedin

‘…for it is only through imaginative thinking that society grows, materially and intellectually…’ Charles Brasch, ‘Notes’. Landfall, March, 1959

Posted: Tuesday August 14, 2018

September sees Saxons and sorcery in German drama

A modern adaptation of a traditional Saxon tale about a sorcerer’s apprentice is coming to the Dunedin stage in September.

Posted: Monday August 13, 2018

Opportunity for Southern Screenwriters in China

Local screenwriters are being sought for a two-month residency in Shanghai as part of a new joint initiative of the Dunedin City Council (DCC), New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and the New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG).

Posted: Monday August 6, 2018

Blue Oyster Proposals open for submissions

Blue Oyster are currently accepting proposals for their 2019 Annual Programme as well as proposals towards the 2019 Blue Oyster Art Project Space and Caselberg Trust Summer Residency.

Posted: Thursday August 2, 2018

Painted Poems at Portobello School

Posted: Tuesday July 31, 2018

UBS Otago Summer Writer in Residence Applications Open Now!

Are you an emerging writer? Do you know an emerging writer who’d appreciate a summer sojourn in our fantastic little City of Literature?

Posted: Monday July 30, 2018

Exhibition showcases early New Zealand women writers in suffrage tribute

The latest Reed Gallery exhibition at Dunedin Public Library showcases early women writers and other creative women of the times to complement the story of the women’s suffrage movement.

Posted: Monday July 30, 2018

CLNZ Writers’ Award 2018

The $25,000 CLNZ Writers’ Award is one of the investments made through CLNZ’s Cultural Fund. The Writers’ Award is offered to writers of any genre of non-fiction, including writers of education material.

Posted: Tuesday July 10, 2018

Hostage: One Gun, Many Triggers

Experience the thrill of the live radio play, live to air on Otago Access Radio.

Posted: Tuesday July 10, 2018

WriteNow opens to young poets

Dunedin poet Sue Wootton, co-organiser and judge of this year's WriteNow poetry competition for secondary school pupils, is looking for poems that strongly connect the reader to the poet's vision.

Posted: Sunday July 1, 2018

Poland visit highlighted Dunedin as creative city

Dunedin was certainly taken notice of during a world creative cities event in Poland earlier this month, the mayor says.

Posted: Tuesday June 26, 2018


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