Author's quest to meet 120 Kiwi centenarians: Seeking meaning in longevity

The stories of New Zealand's centenarians show they are a complete cross-section of Kiwi society. Is there any special reason they ticked on so long? JOHN McCRONE reports.

Posted: Wednesday March 20, 2019

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival - 2019 Programme

The 2019 programme is live! For details see

Posted: Tuesday March 19, 2019

A lead role in her life

In her new book Keepers of History, Dunedin-based writer Renee Hollis preserves the stories of some of our oldest citizens. In this edited extract, she talks to Evelyn Hutchins (nee Bovett), who was born in Arrowtown on October 23, 1913.

Posted: Tuesday March 12, 2019

International Writer’s Residence In Reykjavík

In 2019 the Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature for the first time offers a free residency for a writer from another UNESCO City of Literature.

Posted: Monday March 11, 2019

Open Call for the International residency in Ulyanovsk for writers and translators from the Cities of Literature of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

This is a unique opportunity to work in the homeland of the great Russian writer Ivan Goncharov, the poet Nikolay Yazykov, the historian and writer Nikolay Karamzin.

Posted: Monday March 11, 2019

Ruth Carraway creates drama in jail - and toilets!

Trouble-D is a play about the challenges, obstacles and enticements a recently released prisoner faces in the outside world.

Posted: Monday March 11, 2019

For the Love of Books: Collectors and Collections

A Taster

Posted: Sunday March 10, 2019

Youth Zone Mobilised

Youth Zone Mobilised is the opportunity to get your music out to the world! This year, OAR FM Dunedin’s Youth Zone is giving ten young musical acts the opportunity to record and produce their own original tracks to air on the station, available via podcast and from our recently released...

Posted: Wednesday March 6, 2019

Keynote experts to bring wealth of knowledge to short play festival

Chicago-based producer and director Tanya Palmer will add “an immeasurable wealth of insight, experience and knowledge” as the UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival’s keynote expert this September.

Posted: Tuesday March 5, 2019

Truthteller - An Investigative Reporter’s Journey Through The World Of Truth Prevention, Fake News And Conspiracy Theories

An essential guide for understanding the modern media world – for teachers, students and concerned citizens who want to know the facts, not fake news and conspiracy theories. Uses exclusive documents and interviews from the CIA, Pentagon, M16, NSA and British and American special forces to cast a light on...

Posted: Monday March 4, 2019

Won by the Spade

How the Royal New Zealand Engineers Built a Nation

Posted: Monday March 4, 2019

The Incurable Imagination

Audrey has a severe case of ‘imaginitis’! And it’s contagious. A fun-filled story written by a primary school teacher passionate about the power of the imagination.

Posted: Monday March 4, 2019

Keepers of History

New Zealand Centenarians Tell Their Stories

Posted: Sunday March 3, 2019

Saying Goodbye to Barkley

For many children experiencing the loss of a much-loved pet is likely to be their first brush with grief. This touching picture book is a celebration of one of life’s most formative relationships and the kaleidoscope of emotions that giving your heart to a furry friend can bring.

Posted: Sunday March 3, 2019


A book of fun for penguin lovers

Posted: Sunday March 3, 2019

Stop Talking, Start Influencing

12 insights from brain science to make your message stick

Posted: Sunday March 3, 2019

The Box Cars - Robert Vescio and Cara King

Remember when you had more fun playing with the box than the gift that was packed in it? This simple story of imagination and sharing is a breath of fresh air in a world where parents are trying to find ways to pry their children from screens.

Posted: Sunday March 3, 2019

Otago University Press to move to ‘co-publisher’ model

Otago University Press is moving to a new management model in what is thought to be a New Zealand industry first.

Posted: Tuesday February 26, 2019

Five Otago University Press authors in 2019 Ockham Book Awards longlist

Otago University Press congratulates all the authors in the longlist announced today for the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Posted: Wednesday January 30, 2019

Are women past caring?

Care is essential to social relationships and individual well-being. It is woven into New Zealand’s key social institutions, such as the family, and is also embedded in societal expectations around state provision of health and welfare.

Posted: Thursday January 24, 2019

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