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

Aliens, Androids & Unicorns. 

During March to May 2015, the University of Otago Library mounted an exhibition highlighting the Science Fiction and Fantasy collection amassed by Harold Terrence Salive (1939-2012).

Posted: Monday September 14, 2015


Imagine spending four hours picking the brains of some of New Zealand’s best poets, authors, illustrators, journalists and playwrights, to inspire and develop your own skills. Sounds good?

Posted: Friday September 11, 2015

Michael King Writers’ Centre Open for Applications

The Michael King Writers’ Centre invites applications from New Zealand writers for four supported residencies in 2016, with stipends ranging from $8,000 to $30,000.

Posted: Thursday September 3, 2015


Local Dunedin writer and editor David Howard has been announced as the successful applicant for the 2016 Prague residency for writers connected to a UNESCO City of Literature.

Posted: Friday August 28, 2015

A World Class UNESCO City of Literature

Dunedin is well known as a creative literary city that treasures its past, celebrates its present and looks forward to its future. It is a city whose vision is to be one of the world's great small cities that highly values arts, culture and nurtures an outstanding bunch of incredibly...

Posted: Sunday June 21, 2015

eMultipoetry Project Krakow UNESCO City of Literature

In May a slice of Dunedin editor and writer Emma Neale’s poetry featured on a wall, at a corner of the Main Square and Bracka St, Krakow, Poland as part of a collaboration between the successful poetry project eMultipoetry and the UNESCO Cities of Literature. 

Posted: Saturday June 20, 2015

2015 UNESCO Creative City Conference 

Dunedin joined 68 other UNESCO Creative Cities in the UNESCO Craft and Art City of Kanazawa, Japan on 25 May. 

Posted: Saturday June 20, 2015

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