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Events

Book Launches
Author Events
Literary Events
Slam Poetry

We regularly host book launches and author events both at the bookshop and elsewhere. We also host live poetry readings, play and book readings, and Slam Poetry!

Who can attend?

Everyone is welcome to attend these informal and enjoyable gatherings. An RSVP isn't necessary to attend, but is helpful for catering purposes.
We can inform you about literary events we are hosting. Simply email us: events@unibooks.co.nz


Upcoming Events

Keep checking or sign up to our event newsletter: events@unibooks.co.nz

Friday 30 August
MULLED WINE & THE MUSE
Join us for an evening of classic poetry and music, accompanied by a steaming cup of the Dunedin Medieval Society's famous midwinter mulled wine! Poetry byChaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Dunbar, Marvell and more. Music by special guest Bernard Wells (recorders) accompanied by the Rare Byrds.
FREE! 7pm, University Book Shop, 378 Great King St

Saturday 31 August
THE TALE OF TALES: A PUPPET OPERA
A tenth anniversary puppet show from the Rare Byrds and special guests! Adapted from a lively 17th century Italian collection of fairy tales (including the original version of Cinderella), the Tale of Tales includes glove puppets, shadow puppets and giant puppets, accompanied by the Rare Byrds Consort and Chorus. Suitable for all ages. Sort of.
KOHA! Two shows: 1pm and 3pm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, approximately 40 minutes a show

Tuesday 3  September
WILD HONEY: READING NEW ZEALAND WOMEN'S POETRY
Author and poet Paula Green in conversation with writer and editor Emma Neale about her new book Wild Honey, a much overdue survey of New Zealand's women poets. Illustrated throughout by Sarah Laing and featuring the work of 195 poets (all of whom have biographies and full bibliographies), this book is a landmark volume and an incredible achievement. The talk will feature readings by some of Dunedin's wonderful poets: Diane Brown, Kay McKenzie Cooke, Fiona Farrell, Pamela Gordon, Eliana Gray, Emer Lyons, Carolyn McCurdie, Emma Neale, Jenny Powell and Sue Wootton.
6pm, 4th Floor, City Library Moray Place
FREE! but you need to book a seat: library@dcc.govt.nz | 03 474 3690 | https://www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/whats-on/events-calendar

Saturday 7 September
A DOLL'S HOUSE AT A BOOK SHOP
Award-winning New Zealand author Emily Perkins has adapted Ibsen's original play A Doll's House, set in 1879 Norway, for 2019 Aotearoa. It will be performed at The Regent Theatre here in Dunedin on 6 and 7 September.
We are very pleased to invite you to a special one-off session looking at the play, at the bookshop: 2019 Burns Fellow, playwright Emily Duncan joins director Katherine McRae, writer Emily Perkins and actors Sophie Hambleton and Simon Leary for a discussion of the play and how women's lives have - and have not - changed ince the chacter of Nora was first conceived. The afternoon includes a scene reading, time for questions and a spot of afternoon tea.
FREE! 2pm, Upstairs at University Book Shop, 378 Great King St (please note :
RSVP: events@unibooks.co.nz
You can get tickets for the performances of A Doll's House at www.ticketdirect.co.nz

Tuesday 10 September
CATCH UP BOOK CLUB - SPECIAL EDITION!
Explore classics you've always meant to read, plan to read, have no intention of reading but want to know more about, in informal discussions lead by lecturers from the University of Otago's Department of English and Linguistics. Come along from 6pm, have tea/coffee, biscuits and chat with other bookish types, with the discussion starting at 6.30pm.
To celebrate the release of The Testaments, Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, current Burns Fellow Emily Duncan will lead a discussion of The Handmaid's Tale
FREE! Tuesday 20 August, 6pm for 6.30 start, University Book Shop
Queries and RSVP:  events@unibooks.co.nz

Thursday 19 September 2019
BOOK LAUNCH: Celebrate the launch of Lynley Edmeades' new poetry collection Listening In, published by Otago University Press, full of the verbal play and linguistic experimentation that characterised her successful first collection As the Verb Tenses
5.30pm, University Bookshop, 378 Great King Street, RSVP: publicity@otago.ac.nz

Tuesday 24 September
CATCH UP BOOK CLUB
Explore classics you've always meant to read, plan to read, have no intention of reading but want to know more about, in informal discussions lead by lecturers from the University of Otago's Department of English and Linguistics. Come along from 6pm, have tea/coffee, biscuits and chat with other bookish types, with the discussion starting at 6.30pm.
Tuesday 24 September, 6pm for 6.30pm start, University Book Shop: The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh, introduced by Dr Vanda Symon, pharmacist turned best-selling crime writer
Queries and RSVP:  events@unibooks.co.nz

Tuesday 22 October
CATCH UP BOOK CLUB
Explore classics you've always meant to read, plan to read, have no intention of reading but want to know more about, in informal discussions lead by lecturers from the University of Otago's Department of English and Linguistics. Come along from 6pm, have tea/coffee, biscuits and chat with other bookish types, with the discussion starting at 6.30pm.
Tuesday 22 October, 6pm for 6.30 start, University Book Shop: Professor Liam McIlvanney, of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, discusses The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by fellow Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson
Queries and RSVP:  events@unibooks.co.nz

Tuesday 19 November
CATCH UP BOOK CLUB
Explore classics you've always meant to read, plan to read, have no intention of reading but want to know more about, in informal discussions lead by lecturers from the University of Otago's Department of English and Linguistics. Come along from 6pm, have tea/coffee, biscuits and chat with other bookish types, with the discussion starting at 6.30pm.
Tuesday 19 November, 6pm for 6.30 start, University Book Shop: by special request, a seasonal treat! A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, introduced by Dr Grace Moore
Queries and RSVP:  events@unibooks.co.nz


Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

The next Festival will be held May 2021. Visit www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz and sign up for the e-newsletter to keep informed about the Festival and any occasional 'pop-up' events throughout the year. 


Publishers / Authors

University Book Shop are happy to discuss your event or book launch, and help with book sales and/or the promotion of your event held offsite. Please email events@unibooks.co.nz for further information.

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