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University life the topic of campus Book Night

Friday, 19 May 2017 5:34pm

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The University Council Chamber – Otago’s first library – will revisit its original purpose next week when it is the venue for Book Night.

Book Night is a nationwide reading event created by the NZ Book Discussion Scheme. The Dunedin North evening, being organised by the Centre for the Book, will see staff, students and friends gather in the Chamber for an evening of University-related readings.

Centre for the Book co-director Shef Rogers says the Council Chamber was chosen because it is a nice room that not many people get a chance to see.

“It was the original University library, so it seems a logical place to read. The acoustics are not splendid, so we'll have to gather around fairly snugly to hear well, but part of the purpose is to bring people together.”

Participants are invited to bring a reading from their favourite representation of University life – satiric or nostalgic, ancient or modern, prose or verse to share.

"The Centre for the Book exists to promote and celebrate the enduring power of books, so it is a very good activity for the Centre to support."

Dr Rogers hopes the University event will be the largest in the country, and says the event fits well with the purposes of the Centre for the Book.

“The Centre for the Book exists to promote and celebrate the enduring power of books, so it is a very good activity for the Centre to support. And it's fun. It would be ideal if the Dunedin North crowd proved the largest gathering in NZ for Book Night. We have to publish selfies of the event, so we'll be able to compare with other venues around the country.”

There are at least three other gatherings planned in Dunedin for the night, one at the City Library, one at the Mosgiel Library, and one on Pacific Street.

Come along:

Book Night
Tue 23 May, 7 to 8pm
University Council Chamber, Clocktower Building