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Professor Sonja Tiernan interviewed on radio

Monday, 18 November 2019

Professor Tiernan speaks with RNZ National Radio about the border in Ireland, and also with OAR 105.4FM Dunedin about the visit of award winning Irish writer Sinéad Gleeson.

Court of Benefactors celebrates 150th anniversary

Monday, 14 October 2019

A function to recognise the contribution of significant donors to the University was held at the staff club earlier this month. Known as the Court of Benefactors, members of the group came from around New Zealand.

Professor McDermid on RNZ's Saturday Morning show with Kim Hill

Monday, 7 October 2019

Best selling Scottish crime writer Val McDermid has sold more than 15 million copies of her work worldwide. She's arrived in New Zealand to take up a role as a visiting Professor of Scottish Studies and Crime Fiction at the University of Otago.

Reclaiming our Celtic festival

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Halloween may now be perceived by many people as an American event but in fact, Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, is a Celtic festival that originated as Samhain.

Celtic Noir 2019

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

To mark its tenth anniversary, the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies is partnering with the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival and the Dunedin City Library to present 'Celtic Noir 2019', a festival of Irish, Scottish and New Zealand crime fiction.

CISS featured in Celtic Life Magazine

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Popular Canadian magazine Celtic Life International carried a feature on CISS's Celtic Noir festival in its October 2019 issue.

Event to mix business and great craic

Monday, 15 July 2019

The first gathering of the Irish Business Network New Zealand in Dunedin will bring town and gown together for a night of networking on Thursday, 25 July.