Playwright wins top award, $10K prize

Emily Duncan’s sharp, sophisticated, passionate, quirky, evocative and unsettling writing style has won her yet another prestigious award — this time, the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award.

Posted: Wednesday November 25, 2020

Two awards in a month for local writer

Prolific, award-winning Wanaka writer Liz Breslin has had a stellar month: picking up prizes from both the International Writers' Workshop and the Queenstown Writers’ Festival. Two weeks ago, November 5-8, Liz won the adult category of the inaugural Queenstown Writers’ Festival Short Story Competition.

Posted: Tuesday November 24, 2020


Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize 2020 – winners announced – Third time lucky for Palmerston North poet...

Posted: Monday November 23, 2020

Give a kid a book and you give them the world

Last year the fledgling charity scheme Kiwi Christmas Books gave 1600 children’s books to Auckland Women’s Refuge and the Auckland City Mission. This year they’re going national, as founder Sonya Wilson explains.

Posted: Monday November 23, 2020


The New Zealand Book Awards Trust is now inviting submissions for the 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. These annual awards recognise and celebrate the best books for young readers published in New Zealand.

Posted: Monday November 23, 2020

Landfall 240 has arrived!

Posted: Monday November 23, 2020

Poetry Shelf review: Bill Manhire’s Wow

Posted: Monday November 23, 2020

A World History of Bluff: Dr Michael Stevens

Ngāi Tahu historian Dr Michael Stevens has just been recognised by the Royal Society Te Apārangi Te Kōpūnui with a Māori Research Award.

Posted: Monday November 23, 2020

Following Colin McCahon

Everything seems to come a little late to Aotearoa New Zealand, and even later to Dunedin, its southernmost university town. As we have learned this year, belatedness can be a good thing. But in the art world, it has often made New Zealanders feel a generation behind the curve.

Posted: Monday November 23, 2020

Read Share Grow — children’s books for South Dunedin

Something big is happening in South Dunedin! It's happening in schools and early childhood centres, in community organisations, and other places children visit across the South of Dunedin, from Concord to Tainui.

Posted: Friday November 20, 2020

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival Newsletter

Posted: Thursday November 19, 2020

te haerenga o reo pepi – the next chapter

The Reo Pēpi series is one of the real success stories in the Aotearoa world of publishing for littlies. The popularity of these labour-of-love board books can be credited as having a major role in kicking off a new wave of reorua/bilingual board books from publishers big and small.

Posted: Monday November 16, 2020

Celebrating continuing relevance that is Hotere

Dunedin Public Art Gallery will this week open the first major exhibition of Ralph Hotere’s work in 20 years. Rebecca Fox talks to gallery director Cam McCracken about the significance of the exhibition.

Posted: Thursday November 12, 2020

2020 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement: winners announced and live online literary panel

A lifetime of insights on Māori dance arts told in te reo Māori, a comprehensive anthology of New Zealand poetry in English, and an illustrated story of how James Cook charted Aotearoa New Zealand are just some of the many achievements of those being honoured with the 2020 Prime Minister’s...

Posted: Monday November 9, 2020

Baxter memorial to be installed in new year

A long-awaited memorial commemorating prominent pacifist Archibald Baxter is set to be installed in Dunedin early next year.

Posted: Monday November 9, 2020

Down in Edin Issue 22 - Online now!

Literature, Poetry, Music, Art, Photography, Nature, Politics and Environment in the South Island of New Zealand

Posted: Monday November 9, 2020

South Otago-born writer wins national award

A South Otago-born author has scooped a major national crime-writing award.

Posted: Thursday November 5, 2020

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