Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2023

The Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival was held in Ōtepoti Dunedin, our UNESCO City of Literature.

Join us around the ancient fire of story, as we gather to listen to key events from the 2023
Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival.

We give thanks to mana whenua ki Ōtākou me Puketeraki, Otago Access Radio and all of
our generous supporters, sponsors, audience members and guests, for making these
podcasts possible.

You can find the full player with all the podcasts at the bottom of this page.

Te Pūao-Where the River Meets the Sea

Pōwhiri (Part 1)

Panel Session (Part 2)

In Te Pūao: The Place Where the River Meets the Sea, we explore the realms of traditional Mātauraka Māori and Pūrakau. Join Witi Ihimaera, Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Monty Soutar in conversation with mana whenua narrative expert and Ahi Kā story keeper Megan Pōtiki.

Te Pō Whakanui i Witi Ihimaera!
Festival Gala Night

This podcast was recorded live at the Regent Theatre on the first night of the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival for their Gala Celebration – Te Pō Whakanui i Witi Ihimaera! The event celebrated 50 years of literary inspiration and influence with Stacey Morrison and beloved author Witi Ihimaera. 

Hear from a bevy of writers, poets and musicians including Emma Espiner, Poet Laureate Chris Tse, Fiona Farrell, David Eggleton, Ariana Tikao and more as they reflect on Witi’s influence on their work and the written landscape of Aotearoa. The festival gala was presented by the University of Otago.

Dr. Emma Espiner

In this snippet from the Gala Celebration – Te Pō Whakanui i Witi Ihimaera! Award winning author, broadcaster and political commentator Dr. Emma Espiner (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) reflects on the profound impact Witi Ihimaera’s work has had on her life.

Fiona Farrell

Author Fiona Farrell and Witi Ihimaera go way back – listen to Fiona’s tales of her time spent with Witi and the significance of these meetings on her writing trajectory. Recorded at the 2023 Gala Celebration – Te Pō Whakanui i Witi Ihimaera!

Chris Tse

A generative poem to Aotearoa’s beloved author Witi Ihimaera, written and spoken by Poet Laureate Chris Tse . As recoded at the 2023 Gala Celebration – Te Pō Whakanui i Witi Ihimaera!

Jacinta Ruru

The lasting ripples of Witi Ihimaera’s work spreads far beyond the horizon, spillling into the hearts of those who most need it. Listen as Aotearoa’s first professor of law- Jacinta Ruru (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui) shares her experience and early interactions with Witi Ihimaera’s work.

David Eggleton

Listen to Former Poet Laureate David Eggleton speaking to the life and love of the boundary-pushing and creative legacy of Witi Ihimaera. David’s kōrero starts in and spans Oceania…

Ariana Tikao & Ruby Solly

Close your eyes and listen to the melodies of taonga Pūoro, played by generous creatives Ariana Tikao and Ruby Solly. Let these powerful performers, words and songs, guide you on a journey unique and beautiful.

Ora: Healing Ourselves
Indigenous Knowledge, Healing and Wellbeing

In this podcast we explore Indigenous understandings and practices of wellbeing and healing from trauma, grounded in the knowledge of ancestors and based on research. 

During this conversation, renowned scholar Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Professor Anne-Marie Jackson discuss tikanga Māori concepts, decolonising approaches and prioritising mauri ora for health and well being.

Narrative Warfare
What Happens When Great Stories
Go to Work for Nefarious Purposes

We all know people captivated by conspiracy stories – but are we talking enough about the darker origins of these stories? How much do we really know? 

In Narrative Warfare: What Happens When Great Stories  Go to Work for Nefarious Purposes, Matthew Cunningham and Sanjana Hattotuwa, with chair Ian Telfer, unpack how stories aid the social and cultural intolerances that have shaped and continue to shape Aotearoa society.

This session was presented by the Otago Daily Times. It includes strong language.

From Jewelled Fantasies to Splendid Rags: Reflecting on Kākā Point

Take an imaginative visit to Hone Tuwhare’s crib at Kākā Point, conjured by the reflections and responses of poets, artists and the newly established Tuwhare Creative Residency.

Join your guides Jeanette Wikaira, Manaia Tuwhare-Hoani, Tracey Tawhiao, Ati Teepa and Cilla McQueen as we embark on this journey together. 

This session was presented by the Hone Tuwhare Trust. It includes strong language.

Fierce Hope: The Ihumātao Chapter

Youth activism has been a defining feature of Aotearoa’s recent political landscape. In these unsettling times, the political actions of young New Zealanders are a source of inspiration, challenge and renewal. In this session, presented by the University of Otago, Ihumātao activist Qiane Matata-Sipu is joined by author Karen Nairn and chair Mania Tuwhare-Hoani, to share stories and insights from the frontline.

Radiant Revelry – Celebrating Katherine Mansfield’s Timeless Legacy

On her birthday, and to commemorate the centenary year of her death, over 100 fans gathered to celebrate the life and work of Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand’s iconic, boundary-pushing literary giant. Presented by the Otago University Press, join chair Michelle Elvy and Katherine Mansfield biographer Redmer Yska – author of Katherine Mansfield’s Europe: Station to Station as they delve into the lasting legacy her work.

Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival Podcasts