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What to expect in Landfall 241

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 10:08am

Outgoing Landfall editor Emma Neale talks about what treasures we can expect to find in Landfall 241, out now.

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Q&A: Bryan Walpert on Brass Band to Follow

Thursday, 20 May 2021 12:49pm

Bryan Walpert discusses his new collection of poems, Brass Band to Follow.

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Q&A with 2021 Charles Brasch Young Writers Essay Competition winner

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 2:32pm

Q&A with Henrietta Finney Waters who has been named the winner of the 2021 Charles Brasch Young Writers Essay Competition for her essay ‘Adapt or Die: The importance of adaptation within New Zealand’s climate response’.

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New edition of NZ anti-war classic

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 11:35am

We Will Not Cease is the unflinching account of New Zealander Archibald Baxter’s brutal treatment as a conscientious objector during World War I.

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Q & A: Siobhan Harvey on Ghosts

Friday, 30 April 2021 2:43pm

Siobhan Harvey discusses her latest collection of poetry, Ghosts.

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New Landfall editor named

Thursday, 22 April 2021 1:07pm

Otago University Press is pleased to announce that Lynley Edmeades has been named the new editor of Landfall: Aotearoa New Zealand arts and letters.

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Q & A: Diana Morrow on Kate Edger: The life of a pioneering feminist

Thursday, 1 April 2021 12:46pm

Q & A: Diana Morrow on Kate Edger: The life of a pioneering feminist

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Eggleton to judge Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award

Friday, 19 February 2021 1:36pm

New Zealand Poet Laureate David Eggleton will judge the Kathleen Grattan prize for 2021.

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New OUP publisher named

Friday, 19 February 2021 12:51pm

Dr Sue Wootton has been named the new publisher for Otago University Press and will officially take up the role in April.

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Launch: Bus Stops on the Moon

Monday, 2 November 2020 1:57pm

Martin Edmond zoomed in to Unity Books Wellington last week to launch his new book Bus Stops on the Moon: Red Mole Days 1974-1980.

The book was launched by Nick Bollinger and featured performances by John G. Davies; The Republicans (Brian Potiki and Jill Walker); and Jean McAllister and Tony McMaster.

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OUP authors at WORD Christchurch Spring Festival 2020

Thursday, 22 October 2020 9:44am

For those attending the WORD Christchurch Spring Festival this year, be sure to check out the Otago University Press authors who will be featured throughout the festival (October 29 to November 1).

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Extract: Refocusing Ethnographic Museums through Oceanic Lenses

Friday, 16 October 2020 12:35pm

Refocusing Ethnographic Museums through Oceanic Lenses, by Philipp Schorch, offers a collaborative ethnographic investigation of Indigenous museum practices in three Pacific museums located at the corners of the so-called Polynesian triangle: Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hawai‘i; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; and Museo Antropológico Padre Sebastián Englert, Rapa Nui. It features contributions from Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu, Sean Mallon, Cristián Moreno Pakarati, Mara Mulrooney, Nina Tonga and Ty P. Kāwika Tengan. The following is an extract from Chapter 5: Materializing German-Sāmoan Colonial Legacies.

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Landfall essay competition winner announced

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 11:09am

The Landfall Essay Competition 2020 has been won by A.M. McKinnon, with an essay titled ‘Canterbury Gothic’.

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Launch: Map for the Heart by Jillian Sullivan

Monday, 12 October 2020 3:45pm

Jillian Sullivan's wonderful Map for the heart: Ida Valley essays is now out and we were delighted to launch it at UBS last week.

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Q & A: Philipp Schorch discusses Refocusing Ethnographic Museums through Oceanic Lenses

Thursday, 27 August 2020 9:33am

OUP released Refocusing Ethnographic Museums through Oceanic Lenses this month. Here, one of the authors, Philipp Schorch, discusses how the book came to be and why it's important.

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Dead Letters author wins history award

Friday, 14 August 2020 11:51am

Author Jared Davidson has been named winner of the 2020 Bert Roth Award for Labour History for his book Dead Letters: Censorship and subversion in New Zealand 1914–1920, a book that reveals the remarkable stories of people caught in the web of wartime surveillance.
Here Davidson talks about what winning this award means to him and what we can expect to see from him next.

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Book launch: Crossing the Lines

Thursday, 13 August 2020 1:29pm

The crowd was out the door at Brent Coutts's launch for Crossing the Lines: The story of three homosexual New Zealand soldiers in WWII at the Women's Bookshop in Auckland this week. Many thanks to Associate Professor Jennifer Frost who launched Brent's book and to all who braved the elements to get there, just ahead of the move to Level 3.

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Book launch: Sinking Lessons

Wednesday, 5 August 2020 10:15am

Philip Armstrong's Sinking Lessons was launched to a large, supportive crowd at Scorpio Books in Christchurch last week.

Sinking Lessons is the first collection of poetry from Armstrong, who was the winner of the 2019 Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award. It was launched by 2020 Robert Burns Fellow John Newton, pictured here with Armstrong and supporters. Here are his words from the launch.

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Launch of Every now and then I have another child

Friday, 3 July 2020 10:35am

Last night saw the launch of author Diane Brown's Every now and then I have another child, which was released in May but had to wait for its first proper outing due to lockdown restrictions. Fellow author Fiona Farrell launched the book to a supportive, lively crowd at the University Bookshop in Dunedin.

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Long road from suffrage to a seat in parliament

Thursday, 2 July 2020 12:32pm

New Zealand may have been the first country to enfranchise women but it took a further 40 long years to get the first woman elected to parliament. The history of women striving to share in governing the country, a neglected footnote in the nation’s electoral history, is now captured in From Suffrage to a Seat in the House: The path to parliament for New Zealand women by Jenny Coleman.

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Landfall announces new reviews editor

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 3:06pm

We are delighted to welcome Michelle Elvy to the Landfall team in the newly created role of reviews editor. She will curate the book reviews both for the print editions of Landfall, and for Landfall Review Online.