New biography highlights life of trailblazing woman scientist

Pioneering nutritionist Muriel Bell had a profound effect on the health of New Zealanders in the 20th century, yet her many achievements have surprisingly been overlooked.

Posted: Wednesday November 14, 2018

Summer Learning at University of Otago

Posted: Wednesday November 14, 2018

Open call for external peer assessors for literature

Make an important contribution to literature in New Zealand. Gain valuable insight into the funding process. Register yourself or nominate someone to become a Peer Assessor for Creative New Zealand.

Posted: Wednesday November 14, 2018

Understated comedy and stark horror in winning essay

Alice Miller, a New Zealand writer based in Germany, is the winner of the Landfall Essay Competition 2018.

Posted: Tuesday November 13, 2018

Local researcher awarded prestigious fellowship

The world of Augmented Reality will soon be leaping into our everyday lives thanks to the work of award-winning University of Otago scientist Stefanie Zollmann, who has just been granted the prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2018.

Posted: Sunday November 11, 2018

Dunedin writer scoops award in international competition

Emma Neale from Dunedin is just one of three writers highly commended in this year’s prestigious UK Bridport Prize flash fiction competition for her story ‘Courtship’. Flash fiction or micro fiction is a very, very short story – in this instance, of 250 words or fewer.

Posted: Sunday November 11, 2018

Calling all playwrights! The University of Otago and UNESCO need your scripts!

While it may be almost a year until the house lights are dimmed and actors tread the boards, organisers are calling for playwrights to contribute to the success of the UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival, which will be hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin between September...

Posted: Thursday November 1, 2018

New Zealand writers to showcase Māori and Pacific literature in the United Kingdom

Five of New Zealand’s leading Māori and Pasifika writers will be showcasing their work in the United Kingdom next month (November) alongside the high profile Oceania art exhibition in London.

Posted: Monday October 15, 2018

Philip Temple - The life of Maurice Shadbolt

Posted: Monday October 15, 2018

Exisle Publishing - Latest titles

Posted: Thursday October 11, 2018

Otago University Press celebrates PM's award for poet Michael Harlow

Otago University Press has congratulated Otago poet Michael Harlow who has been honoured as one of three winners in this year’s Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement.

Posted: Tuesday October 9, 2018

2018 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement: winners announced

Feminist and working-class stories, poetry as song, and a deeper understanding of New Zealand art – these are just some of the frontiers explored by this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement.

Posted: Monday October 8, 2018

BUT I CHANGED ALL THAT: ‘First’ New Zealand women, by Jane Tolerton

But I Changed All That is a collection of New Zealand women ‘firsts’ – from 1893 to 2018. The 76-page book, put out to commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage, contains portraits of ‘first’ New Zealand women, with extended captions, including a quote from each subject.

Posted: Sunday September 30, 2018

New Citywide Event Calendar

The new citywide event calendar is now live on

Posted: Sunday September 30, 2018

Wordsmith course: Radio Drama II

This is a short course proposed for February 2019. The focus would be on writing radio drama but, depending on interest, could also include adapting short fiction (narration with bursts of dialogue), poems and monologues (dramatic or essayic), and memoir sequences to radio.

Posted: Thursday September 27, 2018

Auckland Writers Festival Launches Literary Foundation

A new Foundation established by the Auckland Writers Festival aims to strengthen Aotearoa’s literary landscape.

Posted: Monday September 24, 2018

Dunedin City Of Magic

Anyone living in Dunedin knows the magic of our city. Kura Carpenter thought she’d share that with the world. Her debut novel The Kingfisher’s Debt (IFWG Australia) is set in contemporary Dunedin with one twist: What if magic was real?

Posted: Monday September 24, 2018

A decade of New Zealand Bestsellers to celebrate this NZ Bookshop Day

Seven NZ novels, eight children’s & YA books and five non-fiction titles comprise the Top 20 Bestsellers voted as favourites by booksellers from all over New Zealand. Now, the public have their opportunity to vote for their Bestseller of the Decade, in celebration of the fourth annual NZ Bookshop Day...

Posted: Sunday September 23, 2018

Robert Burns Fellows get-together frequency could double

The success of a reunion of University of Otago Robert Burns Fellows, means that their next get-together could come sooner than the usual 10-year interval.

Posted: Tuesday September 11, 2018

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