The 2021 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival was held in Ōtepoti Dunedin, our UNESCO City of Literature, from the 6th until the 9th of May.
In this podcast series, we share recordings from these sessions with you.
This Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival podcast was brought to you with funding from Copyright Licensing New Zealand and the expertise of OAR FM. The festival also offers thanks to our major funders: Creative NZ, the Dunedin City Council, and the Otago Community Trust.
Navigating the Stars - Māori Creation Myths
“Step through the gateway now to stories that are as relevant today as they ever were,” invites master storyteller Witi Ihimaera.
He will talk with Jacinta Ruru about his latest book, Navigating the Stars: Māori Creation Myths, in which he traces the history of Māori people through their creation myths, bringing them to the twenty-first century.
Rocketing to Fame
Becky Manawatu‘s debut novel, Auē, garnered critical acclaim and announced her as a compelling new voice in New Zealand fiction, winning the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction and the Hubert Church Prize for Fiction at the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
Kiran Dass described Auē as “a beautifully pitched and nuanced hopeful story about the power of love, friendship and family”. Becky is the Robert Burns Fellow for 2021 and hopes to use the opportunity for both personal and professional growth, as she works on a sequel (of sorts) to Auē.
Lynn Freeman will quiz Becky about how her meteoric rise to literary fame has affected her approach to writing and life.
Ngā Kete Mātauranga
Māori Scholars at the Research Interface
Co-editor of Ngā Kete Mātauranga: Māori Scholars at the Research Interface, Jacinta Ruru describes this beautiful and transformative book as “an opportunity to provide New Zealanders with an insight into how Mātauranga is positively influencing the Western-dominated disciplines of knowledge in the research sector”.
In these pages, Māori academics share what being Māori has meant for them in their work. Jacinta, in conversation with the Te Kai a te Rangatira editors, will speak to the process of creating the book and the influence of Mātauranga on the academic sector.
Walking the Heartland
Politics of Poetry
For centuries, poetry has played an important role in both recording cultural events and reflecting the mood of the people.
David Eggleton, Jessica Thompson Carr, and Fiona Farrell will share perspectives on the politics inherent in poetry. Chaired by Emma Neale, they will examine the way poetry enables debate, and how it can subvert and challenge societal views to effect change.
The Historical Novel: Germany
“My neighbour gave me a stack of old calendars, and so, in the absence of any other paper, I’ll write to you on the backs of all the vanished years.”
With her latest novel Remote Sympathy, award-winning bestseller Catherine Chidgey tells an engrossing and unsettling tale of a Nazi Germany labour camp from the perspectives of three wilfully oblivious characters. In conversation with Lynn Freeman.
Mapping Dunedin's Stories
Fourth Monday of the Month @ 12.30pm
Your monthly guide to the visual arts in Dunedin and beyond. Join presenter Sally McMillan in conversation with art creators, collectors, conservators, and curators. Proudly brought to you by the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society.
Dunedin Arts Festival returns for 2021 with an unmissable programme featuring the finest in New Zealand creative talent.
With music, theatre, ballet, contemporary circus, comedy and much more, this year’s line-up will wow first-timers and festival aficionados alike.
Our feature interviews highlight just some of the amazing festival events.
Thursdays @ 5pm
In this series, we will hear from young local performers as they explore how they express their cultural identities through creative performance – from traditional songs to original compositions.
This series has been made possible with the support from the Dunedin City Council Creative Communities Scheme and New Zealand on Air.
1 – Hermione Hai
2 – Keira Wallace
3 – Soana Pole
4 – Thanuja Luxmanan
5 – Poppy Mitchell
Every Second Sunday @ 10am
Every wonder about the stories of women around you? We wanted to create an intentional space for women to share the wisdom they have gained through their life experiences. Tune in to be in awe of some Wonder Women in our midst.
Every Second Thursday @ 10pm
Take a break and join Whina (@deathhairball) and guests for kōrero on creativity, self-care, witchcraft, identity, and everything in between.
An original story written by Stephen James Bourne, recorded at his Nurses Bend Studios, Doctors Point Road, Waitati, South Island, New Zealand using a massive and spectacular cast of local available characters and sounds.
Vehicular U-Turns are potentially very dangerous manoeuvers. They are a common occurrence for many New Zealand motorists. In the case of my story, it was one such turn that led to unforeseeable consequences.
An off-duty head of supermarket security finds himself in a small community shaken by a recent tragic death and unwanted intrusion. Compelled through his natural desire for justice and moral duty and an attractive woman, his unearthing of the truth would require a far deeper excavation than he expects for many centuries of historic events to be unearthed.
Dick: Stephen James Bourne (SJB)
Dee: Sue Bourne
Sally: Jenny Gleeson (Gallery owner)
Thomas: Gareth St John Thomas (Young Policemen)
Jack: (Senior Police Officer) (SJB)
Serious Crimes Inspector: Sue Bourne
Male Gang Members: (SJB)
Female Gang Member: Jennifer (Glasnost) Gleeson
Village Librarian: Jennifer Gleeson
City Librarian: Sue Bourne
Joshua Block: (SJB)
Bud (the Dog): a variety of local barking dogs.
Theme music: Written, created and recorded by Stephen James Bourne
Background (radio music): Written, created and recorded by Charles Barrington