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Siobhan Harvey awarded 2021 Janet Frame Literary Trust Award for Poetry

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 11:31am

Congratulations to Siobhan Harvey who has been named the recipient of the 2021 Janet Frame Literary Trust Award for Poetry.

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Q&A: Janet Newman on Unseasoned Campaigner

Tuesday, 3 August 2021 12:52pm

Poet Janet Newman discusses her new collection, Unseasoned Campaigner.

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Extract from Kate Edger: The life of a pioneering feminist

Sunday, 11 July 2021 3:07pm

In the sphere of women’s education, Kate Edger, both as this country’s first female university student and later as a secondary school teacher and headmistress, was a trailblazer. Her Bachelor of Arts graduation ceremony, on 11 July 1877, 144 years ago today, was recognized at the time as a significant milestone for women’s rights.

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Launch: Brass Band to Follow

Thursday, 1 July 2021 2:16pm

Brass Band to Follow, by Bryan Walpert, was launched at The Open Book in Ponsonby recently. We were delighted that Anne Kennedy was able to launch Bryan's collection and that she has allowed us to share her speech here.

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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.