The Rainbow Umbrella

Every Fourth Thursday @ 10pm

The podcast where we talk about anything and everything under the rainbow.

From art and theatre, to queer stories, gender expression and pop culture – The Rainbow Umbrella is a safe and welcoming space where curiosity is encouraged and nothing is off limits.

Older episodes are available on Spotify

The Rainbow Umbrella is supported by Aurora Café in Mosgiel

Write On with Beverly Martens

Second Wednesday of each Month @ 12pm
Replayed the following Sunday @ 7pm

Write On is hosted by Beverly Martens, a Dunedin-based writer and founder of Dunedin Literary Walking Tours.

In each show, Beverly interviews local writers and people involved in the book industry. She also promotes local events and shares some good music.

Write On with Beverly Martens is presented on behalf of the Otago Southland Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors and has been created with generous support from the University Book Shop.

Play: Notes

Sundays @ 7:30 PM

Ever wondered what’s the big deal with such and such a play? What exactly was Oedipus’ complex? Was Romeo really worth it? What made a play about vaginas revolutionary?

This is where Play: Notes comes in. Join Dramaturgs Emily Duncan and Allison Horsley as they give you the need-to-know notes on plays that have influenced how many of us watch and think about theatre.

Brought to you by Prospect Park Productions NZ

Warning: Contains mature themes, language, and spoilers.

Spotlight On Academics We Know

Learning can be awkward. In this series, we aim to normalise the discomfort of being at the edge of new knowledge.

Join Adrienne Buckingham for conversations with lecturers, researchers and practitioners about contemporary challenges, ideas and potential opportunities for education and upskilling.

This is #SoAwk.
Thanks to Otago Polytechnic – Our people make a better world – Kia tū ki te tahi.

The OI Podcast

Fridays @ 2pm

The Otago Institute Winter season of “The OI Podcast” – topical conversations about anything and everything from the worlds of Science, Art and Mātauranga Māori.

Join Dr Barb Anderson and Trudi Sunitsch for some stimulating conversation with guest experts.

Brought to you by the Otago Institute – the Otago Branch of the Royal Society for Arts and Sciences.

Writer 2023

The University of Otago’s annual creative writing competition welcomed entries from students, staff and alumni.

Entrants were given the opportunity to harness their creativity and write a short story or a poem inspired by this year’s theme “the getting of wisdom”.

The ‘Writer’ competition was established in 2019, as part of the University’s 150th celebrations.

This year’s judge was current University of Otago Burns Fellow Kathryn van Beek.

Writer 2023 - Full Episode

This year’s winners read and discuss their works with co-organisers Lisa Dick and Nicola Cummins, with judge’s comments from current University of Otago Burns Fellow Kathryn van Beek.

Kim Cope Tait

The winner of the student poetry section was Kim Cope Tait. Kim reads her poem “Bloody Mess”.

Sydney Rodriguez

The winner of the student fiction section was Sydney Rodriguez. Sydney reads her story “The Deer”.

Mandy Phipps-Green

The winner of the staff poetry section was Mandy Phipps-Green. Mandy reads her poem “The Wisdom of Tui”.

Molly Crighton

The winner of the staff fiction section was Molly Crighton. Molly reads her story “95 Million Years”.

Val O’Reilly

The winner of the alumni poetry section was Val O’Reilly. Val reads her poem “Korero on the Getting of Wisdom”.

Monti Rodgers

The winner of the alumni fiction section was Monti Rodgers. Monti reads her story “The Guest”.

New Zealand Young Writers Festival

The New Zealand Young Writers Festival celebrates playwrights and poets; comedians and historians; critics and consciences; the only national festival by, for and about young writers, held right here in Ōtepoti Dunedin.

This live recorded podcast of the New Zealand Young Writers Festival was brought to you by Otago Access Radio and supported by Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.

The One Work That Defines You

A play, a song, a joke, a story – there’s always one work that comes to mind when you think of a writer. We join playwright Sam Brooks, comedians Abby Howells and Janaye Henry, and poet Claudia Jardine as they chat about what it means – and how it feels – to have an audience come back to a single piece of work that may be long in a writer’s rearview mirror.

Prescriptions and Prose: where medicine and creativity meet

Ōtepoti is Aotearoa’s only UNESCO City of Literature and is home to one of the top medical schools in the country. Is this an unlikely combination, or are there deeper connections between medicine, writing and creativity? We join festival Guest Curator and Rat World founder and editor-in-chief Jennifer Cheuk as she examines this topic with doctor Libby Whittaker and doctors-in-training Olivia Wright and Will Pudney, all of whom are writers. They explore how language and creativity influences medical practice, and what it means to be a creative in the professional world of STEM.

Writing Across Disciplines

What is writing? Who is a writer? Drawing on their interdisciplinary backgrounds, writer and performer Josiah Morgan, poet and musician Isla Huia, comedian Janaye Henry, and playwright and journalist Sam Brooks unpack the multifaceted dimensions of storytelling across genre borders.

Stick It To The Man: the power of street postering

For centuries, street posters have served as a powerful tool for causes of all kinds. This panel discussion explores how the humble poster has ignited social and political movements. Festival Guest Curator and Rat World founder and editor-in-chief Jennifer Cheuk chat with Ōtepoti creatives Jamiema Lorimer, Piupiu Maya Turei and Jörg Bendt about how posters create dialogue within communities.

Calling Community From The Page: Art and Activism

Creative writing is often positioned on the periphery of activism, community-building and mobilisation. However, relational writers cannot create in isolation. NZYWF Young Writer in Residence Ruby Macomber, Carl Naus and others discuss the necessity of creative communities for social change. They explore how creative writing can be a call to action, and the importance of equitable and accessible creative opportunities to amplify the experiences of marginalised voices.

I Identify As An Imposter

The arts are gradually becoming more diverse, but many acclaimed writers of the literary canon are still of the old-white-man persuasion. Given the lack of representation in the field, it can be hard for emerging young authors – especially people of colour and gender diverse folk – to dare to dream of successful careers. We join poet and writer Naomii Seah, NZYWF Young Writer in Residence Ruby Macomber, Isla Huia and Vira Paky as they discuss their creative journeys and the road to overcoming imposter syndrome.

Storytelling Unplugged: finding common ground through podcast narratives

Podcasting is an innovative storytelling technique and a creative entry point for some of today’s most important conversations. We join poet and playwright Vira Paky as she chats with Thabiso Sibanda and Kii Small from the Unpack and PhD: Unpacked podcasts about how to create thought-provoking audio content and the potential of podcasts to amplify voices and ignite change.

Dracula: A Radio Play

31st October 2021 @ 9 pm

Dracula: A Radio Play. The script has been adapted by Emer Lyons from the 1927 revision by John L. Balderston of Dracula: A Vampire Play in Three Parts. The original script was written by Hamilton Deane in 1924 and was the first authorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula.

The voices are as follows:
Gabby Golding is Doctor Seward
Liz Breslin is Abraham Van Helsing
Sofie Welveart is Lucy Westenra
Rosie Collier is Jonathan Harker
Kimberley Buchan is Count Dracula
Emer Lyons is Renfield
Gretel Newman-Sugrue is Butterworth and Miss Wells (the Maid)

This production is a collaboration between The Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, Suitcase Theatre and Otago Access Radio.

Sound design & editing by Dylan Shields
Music is by Dylan Shields & Alex Campbell-Hunt

Gaps in the Light

Dunedin based writer Iona Winter reads selections from her latest collection, Gaps in the Light. Skilled at giving voice to difficult topics, her work is widely published and anthologised internationally. Gaps in the Light traverses lines between fiction and non-fiction, encouraging us to explore both our relationships with the world, and ourselves.
Music for the series is by Reuben Winter.
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