Dunedin Public Libraries


Editing this first issue of 2016 has been an absolute delight.  

As well as travelling vicariously to Toronto, we are treated to contributions from some wonderful Dunedin writers. We meet Ruthie Morgan and her highly-praised first novel, Skylark; get a glimpse of Darrin Wedlock's fond tale of his mother's childhood, Sandra's Flying Elephants of Belfast; and enjoy Liz Breslin's moving tribute to Dunedin poet, Larry Matthews. There's also news of Rachel Stedman's intriguing free book project, Upon a Time; a snippet from Ian Dougherty's must-read history of Hillside, More Than Just A Place of Work; and an excerpt from Beatrice Hale's ripping yarn for kids, Ice Escape. Plus an interview with Jane Woodham and reviews of Charlotte Grimshaw's Starlight Peninsula, Ted Dawe's Into the River, and Bill Clegg's Did You Ever Have a Family. Plenty of scope if you're on the lookout your next great read!

Kay Mercer, Editor


  1. Read me a story

    Writing an article in December that won’t be read until March poses particular problems including the need to stay away from the topical ... Read more…
  2. Book Sale

    Bring your own bag and enjoy hunting for some great additions to your bookshelves. Read more…
  3. What’s On

    Don't miss out: add these dates to your diary. Read more…
  4. Wild Dunedin

    Take a walk on the wild side this April with the launch of a brand new festival. Wild Dunedin is a chance for everyone to discover and ... Read more…
  5. Author spotlight: Ruthie Morgan

    Ruthie Morgan is a local writer whose debut novel Skylark received notable accolades in 2015.. Read more…
  6. Climate Change Fiction

    Cli-fi has an important role to play in reaching thousands of readers, and perhaps motivating them to add their voice to much-needed ... Read more…
  7. for Larry

    A poem by Liz Breslin, dedicated to Larry Matthews, who was a local poet, active in the Octagon Collective. Read more…
  8. Sandra and the Flying Elephants of Belfast

    Darrin Wedlock is a writer and painter who lives in Dunedin. His book, ‘Sandra and the Flying Elephants of Belfast’ to be published by ... Read more…
  9. Fiction Review: Starlight Peninsula by Charlotte Grimshaw

    A review by Dunedin reader and librarian, Jessie Neilson. Read more…
  10. Twister by Jane Woodham

    In December 2015, Rosa Mira Books published Twister, a crime novel by local writer Jane Woodham. Read more…
  11. Fiction Book Review:  Did You Ever Have A Family 

    Jackie Howell cannot bear to pick up another work of fiction with this one still fresh in her head. Read more…
  12. Signed & Inscribed: Association Copies and Their Owners

    The next Reed Gallery exhibition features copies of texts which are known in the book collectors’ world as ‘association copies’. Read more…
  13. What's New McNab

    The latest in our New Zealand collection. Read more…
  14. Travelling by the Book: Toronto

    Described as ‘a whole world in a city’, Toronto is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Senior Library Assistant, ... Read more…
  15. Appeal Characteristics: The Art of Finding a Good Book

    Have you ever had that awful moment?  Read more…
  16. Supporting Our Libraries: The Important Role of the Friends of the Library

    Introducing the new President of the Dunedin Public Libraries Association (DPLA), Joan Ledgerwood. Read more…
  17. More Than Just A Place of Work

    Dunedin author Ian Dougherty’s book, More Than Just A Place of Work: A History of Dunedin’s Hillside Railway Workshops, was published in ... Read more…
  18. Non-fiction Highlights 

    New to our shelves this issue. Read more…
  19. Books on Prescription

    Libraries can be daunting places, so it's good to know they are full of friendly faces, ready to help you find what you need. Read more…
  20. What’s New Teen Space

    Must reads from our Young Adult collection. Read more…
  21. Upon a Time

    R.L. Stedman's latest project makes a gift of a distinctly modern spin on the traditional fairy story. Read more…
  22. Teen Book Review: Into the River

    Human nature being what it is, the minute we’re told we can’t have something many of us will immediately be consumed with desire for it.  Read more…
  23. Kids’ Picks

    A selection of recommended readers for children. Read more…
  24. Ice Escape: Beatrice Hale

    Beatrice Hale is a Dunedin Writer, and this is her second book for children. Read more…
  25. Wriggle & Rhyme: Active Movement Through Music

    ‘Wriggle & Rhyme’ Active Movement for Early Learning sessions are for children aged 0 - 24 months and are held in conjunction with local ... Read more…
  26. Books for Babies: A Gift from Dunedin Public Libraries and the Friends of the Library to Mum and Baby

    Research shows that, through books, we can help children understand the world around them.  Read more…