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NB: May - June 2019

Joy for your eyes and ears this issue! We're looking forward to libraries full of music as well as the brilliant Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival. Plus new books, poetry and children telling tales. 


What’s On

by Kay Mercer

Music, music, music! We celebrate New Zealand Music Month in May, alongside Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival and Tech Week, while June brings us the National Flash Fiction Awards. We've still managed to squeeze in some authors though - a speculative writers special, a Book Day Triptych and a Storytime Train!

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by Linda Geddes, Manager Collections and Access

Out with the old, in with the new?

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Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2019


by Claire Finlayson, Programme Director

As Aotearoa’s only UNESCO City of Literature, Dunedin has quite the soft spot for the written word and its diverse practitioners.

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Milsom Street, Bath UK

Walking down Milsom Street

by Elena Poletti

A poem by Elena Poletti

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The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius


by Maureen Brook

Books and art are both cultural barometers. They are a reflection of current society, connection and beauty.

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Tips for a Better World

Writers Need Readers: NZ Society of Authors

by Jane Woodham, NSZA

May’s Salon features two Dunedin based writers, Maxine Alterio and Heather Bauchop.

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My Life in His Paws

LARGE PRINT: My Life in His Paws

by Cate Morrison, Guest Reviewer

by Wendy Hilling - Book Review

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Walt Whitman: Reed Gallery Exhibition

Important Early Editions of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass

by Julian Smith

The current Reed Gallery exhibition at Dunedin City Library, The Good Gray Poet, commemorates the 200th birthday of the American poet Walt Whitman, which occurs on 31 May 2019.

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McNab  - What's New

What's New McNab

by Malcolm Deans

The latest in the New Zealand collection.

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Winners of the Rap Like Robbie Poetry Competition 2018

Winners of the 2018 Robert Burns Poetry Competitions

by Kay Mercer

A list of the winners of the 2018 UNESCO Dunedin City of Literature poetry competition.

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Journalism for an Open and Fairer World

by Shirley Jones

In this age of fake news and propaganda, we need high quality, courageous journalism to keep us all informed.

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Book cover: Pulpit Radical by Ian Dougherty

Dunedin’s Populariser of Literature

by Ian Dougherty

Rutherford Waddell

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Non Fiction Highlights

by Information Services Team

Latest new and recommended to hit the non-fiction shelves.

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Teen Space

What's New Teen Space

by Amanda Booth & Glenda Rogers

New and recommended from the Young Adult collection.

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kids' picks

Kids' Picks

by Rachel Kean

A selection of new books for children

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Babytime: An Introduction to Storytime

by Kay Mercer

New storytime just for babies under 2 started 29th April

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Summer Stories

Summer Tales

by Edited by Kay Mercer

Quite a few children who took part in our Summer Reading Programme wrote us some wonderful stories. Enjoy these bursts of youthful imagination!

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