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Book on speeches by Irish women a best seller

Thursday 23 December 2021

The balanced, alternative view of history found in Eamon Cleary Chair of Irish Studies Professor Sonja Tiernan’s new book Irish Women’s Speeches: Voices that rocked the system has resonated with readers in Ireland, with the book already reprinted four times.

Dracula a Dubliner? Radio play to celebrate Count's Celtic links

Wednesday 20 October 2021

The seemingly obscure links between the ancient Celtic festival Samhain and Bram Stoker’s Dracula will be celebrated later this month when a play based on the 19th-century gothic classic is read on Dunedin’s Otago Access Radio.

Dame Fiona Kidman shares literary wisdom

Tuesday 5 October 2021

Inaugural Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies Irish Writing Fellowship recipient and one of New Zealand’s most accomplished authors and supporters of literature, Dame Fiona, will be at Otago’s Dunedin campus between 4 and 8 October. 

Events feature big discussion on small nations

Thursday 10 June 2021

The University of Otago provided a focal point for discussion on the close bonds between Aotearoa New Zealand, Scotland and Ireland last week during a visit by Faran Foley, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Ireland to New Zealand and Samoa.