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Successful after hours “literary subterfuge”

Monday, 29 May 2017 11:50am

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Book Night attendees in the Council Chambers last Tuesday evening. Photo: Sharron Bennett.

Being led into the University Council Chambers by a security guard added to the fun of Book Night, say those who attended last week’s event.

Otago’s Centre for the Book got in behind the nationwide Book Night event, with the Council Chamber located in the Clocktower Building chosen as the venue for last Tuesday’s reading event because it was the University’s first library.

"Probably the most amusing was Karin Warnaar's selection of a mock interview with the Minister of Education by John Clarke."

Dunedin City of Literature Director Nicky Page says the venue was very appropriate, and that attendees were delighted to be led into the Clocktower by a security guard for some “after-hours literary subterfuge”.

Subterfuge perhaps, also cosy, convivial and highly entertaining, says organiser Head of the Department of English and co-director of Centre for the Book, Shef Rogers.

Participants were invited to give short readings – of up to five minutes – from their favourite representation of University life.

"We had everything from the Old English poem The Wanderer to Baxter's Ode on Mixed Flatting," Dr Rogers says. "Probably the most amusing was Karin Warnaar's selection of a mock interview with the Minister of Education by John Clarke."

The Clocktower evening was one of at least four Book Night events in Dunedin, and Dr Rogers thanks Dunedin City Libraries' Events Coordinator Kay Mercer for organising the idea in Dunedin.