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Posted: Monday March 30, 2020

Audible Children's Stories

In response to lockdowns throughout the world, Audible has made its children's stories open and free to all.

Posted: Monday March 30, 2020

New Zealand International Science Festival will be postponed until 2021

We regret to inform you that the New Zealand International Science Festival will be postponed until 2021, in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Posted: Friday March 27, 2020

Little libraries sidelined, but not all gloom

In one of the quirkiest sidelights of the national coronavirus lockdown, the books in some popular community mini-libraries are being replaced by bears.

Posted: Friday March 27, 2020

Paintings colour landscape's meaning

Colin McCahon is considered one of New Zealand’s key 20th Century painters. To commemorate the centenary of his birth last year, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery is celebrating his Otago connections in a novel way, discovers Rebecca Fox.

Posted: Wednesday March 18, 2020

Robert Lord Writers Cottage Writers' residency

Opportunity for a Writers residency in Dunedin

Posted: Thursday March 12, 2020

English /Linguistics Seminar, Friday 13 March: two topics in medieval literature (Pamela Treanor and Roberto Suazo)

The Otago English and Linguistics Seminar series for semester 1, 2020 continues this week with shorter presentations by two Otago postgraduate students in English, both working on topics in medieval literature with associate prof. Simone Marshall.

Posted: Thursday March 12, 2020

A City as Writer's Workplace: Open Call 2020

The "Ulyanovsk UNESCO City of Literature" program office announced the open call for applications for the project "A City as a Writer's Workplace". Writers, poets, playwrights and other authors from the UNESCO literary cities are invited to tell about places in their cities where they like to work on texts.

Posted: Wednesday March 11, 2020

Dunedin: The Literary Jewel Half a World Away

Our ex-librarian volunteer Carol travelled to New Zealand, so just had to drop into the most distant (to us) Cities of Literature...

Posted: Tuesday March 10, 2020

Literary youth mentorship programme seeks emerging young writers

Four New Zealand secondary school students have an opportunity to be mentored by a professional writer in order to develop their craft and hone their skills.

Posted: Monday March 9, 2020

Unique Ōtepoti 2020 - Celebrating cultural expression through music and performance

Unique Ōtepoti 2020 is an opportunity for young Dunedin creative performers to express their cultural identities across multi-platform media.

Posted: Monday March 2, 2020

Listen, Memory

In September 2019 David Howard, representing Dunedin, took up a UNESCO City of Literature Residency in Ulyanovsk, Russia. His project, the church that is not there, organically divided into a triptych. In the left ‘panel’, resurgent trees, lyric fragments were inspired by the 1905 and 1947 clockwork figurines made by...

Posted: Sunday March 1, 2020

Blue Oyster Art Project Space News

Current and upcoming exhibitions plus a job opportunity

Posted: Thursday February 27, 2020

Caselberg Trust Events

Annual Summer Working Bee and Open Day

Posted: Thursday February 27, 2020

Launch of Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020

Massey University Press will be launching Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020 on 10th of March in Auckland.

Posted: Sunday February 23, 2020


The anonymous benefactor responsible for funding the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards’ $50,000 annual fiction prize is ready to be known.

Posted: Saturday February 22, 2020

Two new writing fellowships build connections with Ireland and Scotland

Two new University of Otago writing fellowships will facilitate and encourage literary and cultural exchange between Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand. Attached to Otago’s Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies (CISS), the CISS Scottish Writers Fellowship and CISS Irish Writers Fellowship will run in alternate years from 2020 onwards.

Posted: Thursday February 20, 2020

Launch of inspiring new award for Aotearoa’s freelancers and creatives

The Big Idea is proud to be partnering with the new Hnry Awards to celebrate creativity and independence. With $25,000 in prize money on offer, freelancers all over the country have a month to get their entries in.

Posted: Monday February 17, 2020

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