New Zealand’s first writing residency, the Robert Burns Fellowship, was established in 1958 in Dunedin marking the bicentenary of the birth of Robbie Burns. Now, 58 years later and to mark their seventy years of bookselling, Dunedin’s University Book Shop has created another New Zealand first with a bookshop-based annual...

Posted: Thursday July 21, 2016

Two books by local author Beatrice Hale

Two books by local author Beatrice Hale, both available as e-books on Smashwords and on, which also provides a print book. Beatrice usually writes on gerontology and caregiving, but has changed direction in retirement to look at her ancestors and write their stories, two of which are fictionalized here.

Posted: Tuesday July 19, 2016

Scholarly Favourites. Researching in Special Collections

de Beer gallery, Special Collections, University of Otago, 10 June to 26 August 2016

Posted: Monday July 11, 2016

Printer in Residence & Exhibition

A Matariki Engagement*

Posted: Monday July 11, 2016

Lotteries Award to help establish the first writers’ residency in the home of a Māori writer

The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust has just been awarded $100,000 by the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee to restore and repair the South Otago crib of ‘people’s poet’ Hone Tuwhare (1922 ‐ 2008).

Posted: Friday June 17, 2016

CALL for PAPERS - Book and Place

The University of Otago Centre for the Book announces its 2016 Annual Symposium University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 27–28 October 2016

Posted: Tuesday June 14, 2016

Michael King Writers’ Centre Open for Applications

The Michael King Writers’ Centre invites applications from New Zealand writers for four supported residencies in 2016, with stipends ranging from $8,000 to $30,000.

Posted: Thursday September 3, 2015


Local Dunedin writer and editor David Howard has been announced as the successful applicant for the 2016 Prague residency for writers connected to a UNESCO City of Literature.

Posted: Friday August 28, 2015

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