Poet laureate's tenure extended after Hawke's Bay inauguration

David Eggleton was inaugurated as New Zealand's poet laureate at Matahiwi Marae near Clive on Saturday, with his tenure in the role being extended another year.

Posted: Wednesday October 14, 2020

NZ Bookshop Day is Saturday 17 October 2020

2020 will see us celebrate NZ Bookshop Day for the sixth time, drawing thousands of people into their local bookshops to buy books to celebrate their third place: their local bookshop.

Posted: Tuesday October 13, 2020

Global Media and Information Literacy Week

Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week, commemorated annually, is a major occasion for stakeholders to review and celebrate the progress achieved towards “MIL for All”.

Posted: Tuesday October 13, 2020

HONE TUWHARE – The People's Poet

Posted: Tuesday October 13, 2020

Bilingual Māori literature journal launches in Te Reo heartland

This week the literary community celebrates the online launch of the new bilingual Māori literature journal Te Whē – te hau o te whenua. Featuring poetry, short stories and essays in Te Reo Māori and English, the journal includes work from some of Aotearoa’s most talented Māori writers.

Posted: Monday October 12, 2020

Poet laureate, David Eggleton, has tenure extended due to Covid-19 disruption

New Zealand’s poet laureate, David Eggleton, will get more time to write and perform after Covid-19 compromised his two-year tenure as laureate.

Posted: Monday October 12, 2020

Prose Politics

Distinguished Otago Alumna Returning to Ōtepoti for UBS Emerging Writer in Residence

Posted: Thursday October 8, 2020

Dunedin poet’s book translated

In an unusual twist, Taking My Jacket for a Walk, a recent book by Dunedin poet Peter Olds, has just stepped out in a Spanish translation.

Posted: Wednesday October 7, 2020

From bitterness to gratitude

Posted: Sunday October 4, 2020

Still reading: turning the pages for health and wellbeing in teens

This digital world has a few tricks. It’s fast, lightning quick, bringing rewards with a few quick clicks. We skim and skip, casting for the tantalising bits. And if it ain’t got us hooked real quick, we give it the flick.

Posted: Sunday October 4, 2020

A loaded skip: moving in a pandemic

Posted: Sunday October 4, 2020

Read Our Words

An inter-disciplinary group of Māori academics from the University of Otago have released a poster to encourage the public to engage with “the voices and experiences of Māori to help create an anti-racist Aotearoa New Zealand.”

Posted: Sunday October 4, 2020

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

The winners of the 2020 Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize have been announced. The competition is now in its tenth year, and this year had a record number of entries – 426 poems – from New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, UK, and Nigeria.

Posted: Sunday October 4, 2020

City writer’s ‘Lies’ wins Sargeson Prize

A tale centred on the lies a young woman tells to keep the painful truth at bay has won a Dunedin writer the 2020 Sargeson Prize.

Posted: Thursday October 1, 2020

Climate, community, arts to fore

More than 200 people took part, most of them online, in a symposium devoted to climate change, community and research in the creative arts, at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic at the weekend.

Posted: Wednesday September 30, 2020

Tupuranga Lua: A Whole New World is out!

We are fiafia as to be able to share this writing with you all.

Posted: Wednesday September 30, 2020


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