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

Reed Gallery exhibition showcases diverse examples of bookbindings

The latest Reed Gallery exhibition at Dunedin Public Library explores the outer covers of books - their bindings.

Posted: Tuesday July 18, 2017

Spotlight on colonial feminist ‘fanatic’ Mary Ann Colclough 1836–1885

Polly Plum is a biography of one of New Zealand’s earliest feminists, Mary Ann Colclough, whose publicly voiced opinions saw her described in the nineteenth century as ‘our own little stray strap of a modern female fanatic’.

Posted: Monday June 12, 2017

Dunedin author and illustrator shortlisted in prestigious awards

Dunedin author and illustrator David Elliot is a finalist in 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults announced today, Wednesday 7 June 2017.

Posted: Wednesday June 7, 2017

How We Survive: A Feminist Poetry Show

Lift Women’s Voices. Burn The Patriarchy Down.

Posted: Tuesday June 6, 2017

Rescued moggie kickstarts children’s book

When I found the rat on the ground I had no idea it would change my life.

Posted: Monday May 29, 2017

Playwright Robert Lord to be honoured with Dunedin Writers Walk Plaque

Playwright Robert Lord (1945–1992) is to be honoured with a plaque in the Dunedin Writers Walk in the Octagon.

Posted: Thursday May 11, 2017

Hall of Fame (and Fortune)

Posted: Tuesday May 2, 2017

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