Freedom Song

Emma Farry’s Freedom Song is a powerful and beautiful panacea for the world we live in. It’s a go-to book in times of trouble and a tool to enable more harmony and peace in your life.

Posted: Sunday April 29, 2018


Youth Zone Unplugged is back for 2018! This year we are giving ten young musical acts the opportunity to record and produce their own original tracks to air on OAR FM Dunedin and associated platforms - Free of Charge

Posted: Thursday April 5, 2018

Why Go Girl needed to be written

New Zealand's answer to Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is in bookshops now. It's called Go Girl: A Storybook of Epic NZ Women (Penguin Random House NZ), and it's written by the multi-award-winning Barbara Else. We asked Barbara to tell us why the book was so badly needed, and we...

Posted: Tuesday April 3, 2018

Literary flagstones well worth looking down on

The Dunedin Writers’ Walk has maintained a low profile for the past 25 years but Tony Eyre argues it is worth more than a passing glance.

Posted: Monday March 19, 2018

Novel shines fresh light on women’s suffrage as New Zealand celebrates 125 years

“Before I could stop myself I stood up in my seat and boasted that I had met Mrs Sheppard when we berthed in Christchurch. That I’d read Wollstonecraft in London and that all women should get the vote …”

Posted: Tuesday March 13, 2018

Otago well represented in 2018 Ockhams shortlist

A widely praised collection from a leading New Zealand poet, and an exciting new environmental history of the settlement of the Otago Peninsula, have been shortlisted for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Posted: Tuesday March 6, 2018

Reed Gallery exhibition celebrates A.H. Reed’s original gift to Dunedin

The latest Reed Gallery exhibition marks the seventieth anniversary of A.H. Reed’s original gift of his rare book and manuscript collection, officially donated to the Dunedin Public Library in 1948 in commemoration of the centenary of the founding of the province of Otago.

Posted: Friday March 2, 2018

Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award winner inspired by polar experience

Kāpiti poet Alison Glenny has won the 2017 Kathleen Grattan Award with ‘The Farewell Tourist’, a poetry collection inspired by a visit to Antarctica.

Posted: Monday November 6, 2017

Landfall Essay Competition winners share prize for radically different topics

Two New Zealand essayists writing on very different topics – life as an army recruit and the power of scent – are joint winners of the 2017 Landfall Essay Competition.

Posted: Monday November 6, 2017

Book Lovers' Walking Tours

Posted: Tuesday October 17, 2017

Short Story Conference

The New Zealand Short Story had its very own conference in Invercargill in early September and Athenaeum committee member Philippa Duffy and myself trekked to the deep south for a literary feast of a weekend.

Posted: Thursday October 5, 2017

Telling tales

Our lives are all made up of many stories and everyone has a tale to tell.

Posted: Friday September 22, 2017


International call for projects

“Created by filmmakers for filmmakers”

Posted: Thursday September 21, 2017

Festival of Colour hit The Blue Moments Project to perform in Dunedin

It’s a show that brings new meaning to the phrase “music and lyrics”. The Blue Moments Project, an evening of jazz, blues and spoken word, is coming to Dunedin for a one-off performance at Knox Church’s Stuart Hall on October 2.

Posted: Friday September 8, 2017

Navigator by Anne Moir

NAVIGATOR, Anne’s first novel, was inspired by her experiences as a child during the post-World War Two era, when many men, including her father and uncles, were ex-servicemen.

Posted: Tuesday September 5, 2017

September 2017 Script Call

Short Film Otago has a new funding round open for new writers and filmmakers. It is calling for scripts/film ideas/outlines for development and possible funding.

Posted: Sunday September 3, 2017

The third New Zealand Young Writers Festival to be held in Dunedin - UNESCO City of Literature.

Sex, dairy farming and feminism are among the unlikely bedfellows at this year’s New Zealand Young Writers Festival, fifteen free events delivering some of the country’s finest young wordsmiths to Dunedin from September 7-10.

Posted: Wednesday August 16, 2017

City author wins book awards

Port Chalmers author and illustrator David Elliot has won the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, which were held in Wellington last night.

Posted: Monday August 14, 2017

Announcement of the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award 2017

Waikato novelist Catherine Chidgey has been named as the recipient of a Janet Frame Literary Trust Award worth $5,000.

Posted: Thursday July 20, 2017

Bird Dog Hot Dog

‘Tītī hotdog with horopito pickled onions and mānuka smoked chilli relish’.

Posted: Wednesday July 19, 2017

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