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

The International Literary Residency in Ulyanovsk for writers and artists from the UNESCO Cities of Literature Network

The International Literary Residency in Ulyanovsk for writers and artists from the UNESCO Cities of Literature Network

Posted: Friday February 14, 2020

Kraków UNESCO City of Literature announces the 2020 call for applications for the International Residency Program for writers and translators.

The Program is dedicated to all emerging writers, and poets working currently on a writing project and willing to learn more about the Polish literary community. The Residency Program is a perfect opportunity to professionalize writing skills and find the optimal conditions for creative work, and present own writing to...

Posted: Friday February 14, 2020

Call for applications 2020 - Tartu City of Literature International Residency Program

Tartu City of Literature Office announces the 2020 call for applications of Tartu City of Literature International Residency Program for writers and translators.

Posted: Friday February 14, 2020

Your child’s brain on books

Have you ever wondered what’s going on inside your child’s brain as you’re reading to them? For the first time, scientists are now able to see the way stories grow children’s brains. Their research shows that while sharing picture books seems straightforward, it’s engaging your child’s brain in deep ways.

Posted: Monday February 3, 2020

Behrouz Boochani and Alison Phipps in conversation

The Centre for Global Migrations and Mornington Methodist Church are co-hosting a conversation between writer, filmmaker and refugee Behrouz Boochani and Professor Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow and the 2019 De Carle Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Otago.

Posted: Sunday February 2, 2020

Performances excellent in great setting

REVIEW: Romeo and Juliet Woodhaugh Gardens Friday, January 31

Posted: Saturday February 1, 2020

ODT Summer Times Short story: Invisible Ink by Lara M. Hewn

The stage is set at the Regent Theatre for Merryn's performance - but will she go on? We find out in part one of Lara M. Hewn's short story Invisible Ink.

Posted: Monday January 20, 2020

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