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New PhD Scholarship announced

The Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago invites applications for a new doctoral scholarship in literary studies: The University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship.

The scholarship celebrates the granting of UNESCO City of Literature status to Dunedin, New Zealand, where the main campus of the University of Otago is located. The scholarship is open to applicants of any nationality and to any area of literary studies.

The Department of English and Linguistics welcomes applications for PhD projects across a broad range of areas ranging from medieval to digital literature. Department strengths include New Zealand and postcolonial literature, Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, eighteenth-century literature, Romanticism, comparative literature, global modernism, cognitive approaches to literary studies, literature and language pedagogy, linguistic approaches to literature, contemporary poetry and fiction, creative writing, Irish and Scottish studies, the history of the book, and new media literature.

Applications for the inaugural University of Otago City of Literature Scholarship are invited on or before 31 March 2017.

An evening with Graeme Macrae Burnet

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 - Dunedin City Library, 4th floor
Bestselling Scottish crime writer Graeme Macrae Burnet's second novel, "His Bloody Project," is a historical thriller exploring a triple murder in the nineteenth-century Western Highlands. It won the Saltire Award, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is being published in 20 countries, and has been optioned by Synchr​onicity Films.

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"Landfall Days," World Book Day Lecture by David Eggleton

Thursday, 2 March 2017 - Archway 2 Lecture Theatre
In celebration of World Book Day, the University of Otago Centre for the Book is hosting local writer David Eggleton, who will be providing a public lecture titled, "Landfall Days."

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University of Otago to offer City of Literature scholarship

Thursday, 26 January 2017 12:21pm

The University of Otago and Dunedin City Council are excited to announce the launch of a new doctoral scholarship in literary studies.

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Special Collections offers weekly tours of new exhibition

Friday, 9 December 2016 1:38pm

Weekly tours through the University’s latest Special Collections exhibition will offer visitors a chance to hear some of the more complex stories of the literary families on display.

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2016 Arts Fellows given warm reception at the Hocken

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 1:50pm

This place is charming, eclectic, even seductive, according to the Arts Fellows for 2016.

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“Perfect guest” at Otago for World Book Day

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 12:48pm

In a significant coup for Otago, rare book dealer, writer, broadcaster and founder of two private presses Dr Rick Gekoski will give the 2016 World Book Day Lecture tomorrow evening.

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Ackerley “part of a very lucky generation”

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:57am

“I had a moment in my youth, slightly inebriated, sitting on some Christchurch student flat floor, when I thought, ‘oh dear, I’ve fallen in love with literature’,” recollects Otago English Professor Chris Ackerley, who retired this month.