Wednesday, October 19, 2016

2016 University of Otago Centre for the Book Annual Research Symposium

A reminder  from Dr.Donald Kerr that on 27 and 28 October, the 2016 University of Otago Centre for the Book Annual Research Symposium will happen. On Thursday night (27 October), Neville Peat will give a public lecture in the Dunningham Suite, 4th floor, Dunedin Public Library, starting about 7.00 pm. You are cordially invited to come and listen to this well-known author reflect on his sense of book and place as he describes, in words and pictures, some of New Zealand’s most remote and precious areas and landmarks. An informal reception will follow the talk.

The Symposium proper will begin at the Marjorie Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum at 9.00 am on Friday 28. Professor Tony Ballantyne will begin proceedings, and after morning tea, Dr. Ingrid Horrocks of Massey University will deliver a plenary paper entitled: ‘Writing Place: A Case for Creative Nonfiction’. Nicky Page, Director of Dunedin’s UNESCO City of Literature programme will also be present.

Importantly, for those attending the Thursday night Peat lecture, please notify the Dunedin Public Library via their Library’s event site that you wish to attend. We can accommodate 70 people in the Marjorie Barclay Theatre of the Otago Museum, so please ensure you register early to secure a place.  To register, you need to send an email providing your name as you wish it to appear on your name tag and your email address to, or to or

Delightfully, there is no charge to attend the Symposium. This is due to the kind support from the Department of English and Linguistics, the Division of the Humanities, and the Centre for Research on Colonial Cultures. Participants will need to bring or buy their own lunch. We will provide a reception following the evening lecture, and morning and afternoon tea.

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