The Dunedin Public Libraries Association Special: Essie Summers, Peerless Romantic

8 May 2021 11:00am

With sales of more than 19 million romance novels worldwide, Essie Summers remains New Zealand’s most successful novelist. 

Her place in New Zealand’s writing history will be marked with the unveiling of a plaque on Dunedin’s Writers’ Walk, while the Dunedin Public Libraries’ latest Reed Gallery Exhibition Seasons of Summers will feature this Queen of Romance. Essie’s daughter Elizabeth Jack, along with other members of her family, will speak about Essie’s life in Dunedin and her writing career at the City Library immediately after the plaque dedication.

The Dunedin Public Libraries Association (Friends of the Library) invite you to join them for morning tea and a celebration of this remarkable Dunedin writer.

  • Unveiling of the plaque on the Writer’s Walk: 11am, Writers’ Walk, The Octagon
  • Talk in the Dunningham Suite: 12noon, 4th Floor, City Library


Reed Gallery Exhibition Seasons of Summers: New Zealand’s Queen of Romance opens Friday 7 May and may be visited after the talk.

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