August 16, 2010 at 9:18 am | Posted in Author Visit, Books, City Library, Free Event, Mosgiel, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Abused as a child. Homeless as a teenage. Meet the New Zealander of the Year 2010!

Meet A Rebel with a Cause, refusing to be beaten by life, and helping to save others world-wide with Kiwi ingenuity from his garage!

Bookings: 474 3690 or

Friday 20 August 2.00pm, Mosgiel Library
Friday 20 August, 5.30pm, 4th Floor, City Library

Cash and credit book sales available

Robert Long Returns to City Library for Repeat Performance

June 10, 2010 at 8:55 am | Posted in Author Visit, Books, City Library, Events, New Zealand, Non-Fiction | Leave a comment

Robert Long Returns to City Library for Repeat Performance

The overwhelming success of Robert Long’s Author Talk at the City Library last week has prompted a surprise return for the man, who lives in relative isolation with his wife and two teenage children, two days walk from Haast.

Almost 300 people turned up in the City Library last Thursday to listen to Robert’s story, despite there only being 150 seats available, and his book A Life on Gorge River rapidly sold out. For those fortunate enough to grab a space, the evening proffered an enthralling insight into a lifestyle that few will ever experience or fully comprehend.

Now, for those that missed out, Robert and his family have agreed to come back to Dunedin City Library on Monday 21 June after engagements in Wanaka and Te Anau, before finally returning to their home on Gorge River. Marketing Coordinator, Lynette Hartgill explains:

Over the weekend we have offered ticketed seats to those who were on our RSVP list for Thursday. It was hard to turn away so many eager people, so it made sense to ask if he could come back. We are thrilled that he has agreed!’

Tickets are now available to the public. Book your seat by contacting: (03) 474 3690 or Tickets can be collected from the Ground Floor Information Desk in the City Library.

Copies of A Life On Gorge River: New Zealand’s Remotest Family will be available to purchase. Cash or credit only.

Author Talk – Vanda Symon @ Dunedin Public Libraries

October 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Author Visit, Books, City Library, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Library_News, New Zealand, NZ Book Month, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Author Talk – Vanda Symon @ Dunedin Public Libraries

Originally uploaded by Dunedin Public Libraries

Passionate Prose & Pavolva

Part of New Zealand Book Month – Vanda Symon shared her experiences as a local author with a passion for writing.

Head to our YouTube channel to catch video coverage of this event.

Thursday 8 October, 10.30am
1st Floor, City Library

Book Chat – Phil Corfield @ Blueskin Bay Library

October 7, 2009 at 8:43 am | Posted in Author Visit, Blueskin Bay, Books, Events, Free Event, Library_News, New Zealand, NZ Book Month, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Book Chat – Phil Corfield @ Blueskin Bay Library

Originally uploaded by Dunedin Public Libraries

Local musician and author, Phil Corfield came armed with his guitar to talk about his book, Hitchhiking in New Zealand – A Journey through the Heartland.

Guests enjoyed a fresh cup of coffee and swapped book recommendations while he sang.

Tuesday 6 October, 10.30am

Blueskin Bay Nurseries Cafe


Author Talk: Mark Blumsky (City Library) – Thursday June 18th 2009

June 18, 2009 at 10:20 am | Posted in Author Visit, Books, Business, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News, New Zealand, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Mark Blumsky was Wellington mayor for two terms, has held a seat in parliament for one term.

He has always been involved supporting and growing new businesses and entrepreneurs and now he has shared his secret to success in a fantastic new book, Slippers.

Think FISH! and that’s what you have in Slippers, a highly successful philosophy to help any business, self employed person or entrepreneur stand out from the crowd.

  • Thursday 18 June, 5.30pm
  • 4th Floor, City Library
  • Free

Poetry Day on Friday 24 July

June 15, 2009 at 9:24 am | Posted in Author Visit, Events, Free Event, Library_News, Montana Poetry Day | Leave a comment

Advance notice of poets who are confirmed to be involved with us on this special day.

  • Cy Matthews
  • Martha Morseth
  • Poppy Haynes
  • David Kerena Holmes
  • Larry Matthews
  • Emma Neale
  • Anna Kelly
  • Michael Harlow
  • Lydia O’Dwyer

Here are their supplied biographies:

Cy Mathews is a postgraduate student of English Literature at Otago University studying contemporary poetry and poetics. He has had work published in the Otago Daily Times, Critic, Oban’06, the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre, and in Our Own Kind: One Hundred New Zealand Poems About Animals. He also co-edits the online literary journal Deep South. His poetry is meaningless but, he hopes, entertaining.

Martha Morseth was born in the United States and came permanently to Dunedin in 1972 where she taught high school English until 1999. Her poems and stories have been published in New Zealand literary and popular magazines and anthologies. A collection of her poems, Staying Inside the Lines, was released in 2002. With four other poets, she founded the Dunedin open mic series Upfront, spotlighting women poets. She has written three books for teenagers, published by Pearson: two short story collections – Yeah! and EDGE/a cut of unreal; and a book of one-act plays.

Poppy Haynes grew up in the bustling metropolis of Upper Hutt, coming to Dunedin in 2005. Since then, she has lived in an array of different flats, all of which have inspired poetry about being cold. She has had poetry published in The Listener, North and South, World Literature Today, The Otago Daily Times and Deep South. She has been a poetry editor for Critic, the university student magazine, since 2007 and this year is also an editor for Deep South journal. She is currently a masters student at the University of Otago and is writing her thesis on non-human voices in contemporary poetry.

David Karena-Holmes was born in Lower Hutt on the eve of the 2nd world war and came to Dunedin a couple of years later. He has lived in the Otago region for about two thirds of his life, and for other periods in England, Australia and France. He loathes wars, cruelty, factory-farming, motorcars, supermarkets, movies and television, but loves kindness, the natural world, organic-farming practice and good poetry among other things. He has been writing poetry since about the age of 10. Probably at least 95% of the poems he has written or attempted to write have, rightly, been consigned to the rubbish bin. Books currently in print are From the Antipodes: Prologue to a Work in Progress and Maori Language: Understanding the Grammar. A collection of short poems is now being prepared for publication.

Larry Matthews has recently published his first collection of poetry “Once Happy as Larry”. His work has appeared in various journals including J.A.A.M., Takahe, Glottis, Deep South and the Otago Daily Times. Larry can often be heard at poetry readings locally or performing magic on the streets of Dunedin. Larry is a former lecturer in design and was a graphic designer for the Smithsonian Institution. He plans to travel to Barcelona, perform magic, consume café con leche, paint, photograph, and write a collection of poetry about street performing and life on La Rambla.

Emma Neale is the author of four novels and three collections of poetry, the latest of which, Spark, was published last year. In 2000 she received the Todd/CNZ Bursary for New Writers, and in 2008 was the inaugural recipient of the NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature. She has recently had work appear in The Harvard Review, Bat City Review (Texas), The Red Wheelbarrow (Scotland) and on the American Poetry Daily website. She works as a senior editor at Longacre Press, and is the current poetry editor at the Otago Daily Times.

Anna Kelly is a 22 year old student working towards her MA at Otago, studying grief in the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul and Jenny Bornholdt. Many of her poems are written during or after travelling. She is currently working on a series of prose poems written about her exchange to a French university in 2008. She has been published in Deep South and Lumiere, and passes the time working in a supermarket.

Michael Harlow has published seven books of poetry, including Giotto’s Elephant, which was a finalist in the national Book Awards for Poetry in 1991, Cassandra’s Daughter, and most recently The Tram Conductor’s Blue Cap. The Associate and Poetry Editor at Landfall magazine for some ten years, he has also been the Katherine Mansfield Fellow to Menton, France, a New Zealand-Australia Exchange Fellow, and in 2004 was the Randell Cottage Writer in Residence. A bilingual, English and Spanish, selection of poems, Today is the Piano’s Birthday, will be published in 2009 by Monte Avila (Venezuela) for their Poets from Around the World series. Michael Harlow has been awarded the Robert Burns Fellowship for 2009, and will concurrently be a Caselberg Artist in Residence at the Caselberg House in Dunedin. He lives and works in Central Otago, New Zealand as writer, editor, and Jungian therapist.

Lydia O’Dwyer manages to write poetry in between teaching in Otago and Southland in her role as Practice Specialist for Victim Support. Lydia has worked for many years as a Psychodynamic Therapist and currently has a focus on supervising the practice of others. Lydia started writing in the early 70’s and after attending John Dolan’s poetry course got to writing again. She has published in Critic, the ODT, Takahe, Literary reviews and Bravado and likes to read her work to interested parties.

Bookchat featuring Ella West (Mosgiel Library) today at 2pm

June 5, 2009 at 10:58 am | Posted in Author Visit, Books, Events, Free Event, Library_News, Mosgiel, New Zealand | Leave a comment

Come and meet our local author, find out how she writes and her inspirations.

If you have a copy of Ella West’s books please bring them and Ella will sign them for you.

Come and join us for a tea or coffee as we listen to this fantastic author.

  • Friday 5 June 2.00pm,
  • Downes Room, Mosgiel Library
  • Free

My writing: how it began – session 6

November 20, 2008 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Author Visit, Books, Centenary, City Library, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Library_News, New Zealand | Leave a comment

Award-winning Dunedin writer Sandy McKay writes excellent literature for juniors and young adults.

Elizabeth Pulford is an award-winning author for children and adults. Her articles, stories and poems have been published in newspapers, magazines and journals, and been broadcast on National Radio.

Join us to hear how these two successful writers began their careers.

  • Wednesday 26 November 7.30pm
  • 1st Floor
  • City Library
  • Free

Love through the pages awards

November 13, 2008 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Author Visit, Book Awards, Books, Centenary, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News | Leave a comment

There’s a romantic side to all of us, and our romantic writing competition has attracted local writers.

Judge Rosalie Sneyd, who has published novels under the names Rose Graham and Rosie Graham, is a member of the South Island Writers’ Association and the Romantic Writers’ Associations of Australia and New Zealand.

She has won and been shortlisted for prizes, and has judged competitions for short stories and novels. Join us for the prizegiving.

  • Thursday 20 November 7.30pm
  • 1st Floor
  • City Library
  • Free

My writing: how it began 5

November 13, 2008 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Author Visit, Books, Centenary, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News | Leave a comment

Don’t miss hearing USA born Martha Morseth, widely published writer and author of prize-winning fiction and poetry along with Ella West, winner of the 2006 Louis Johnson/Creative New Zealand Bursary for New Writers and finalist of the 2007 NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults.

These two Dunedin authors will discuss their writing careers: how they began to write, where they get their ideas, how they got into print.

  • Wednesday 19 November 7.30pm
  • 1st Floor
  • City Library
  • Free
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