Poetry, cartoons, competitions, children's literature, music and chocolate. What a party!


Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra on Tour
Join us for a selection of classical and contemporary works performed by the Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra.

The orchestra is based in Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, and will be touring the South Island during July, and the Dunedin City Library is delighted to welcome them for a lunchtime concert.

Bring your lunch and enjoy the performance!

Monday 3rd July, 12.30pm
Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library


The Grace of Snowdrops: A winter poetry competition
Larnach Castle heralds the approach of the end of winter with an annual walk among their snowdrop gardens in August.

Celebrate the beauty of this graceful and delicate flower by writing a poem for our inaugural August Poetry competition, and you could find yourself as guest of honour at the Larnach Castle prizegiving on Snowdrop Day.

For full T&Cs and to enter online, or pick up an entry form at Larnach Castle or your local Dunedin Public Library.

Competition closes 12pm Friday, 4th August

Prizegiving: 1.30pm, Sunday 20th August, Larnach Castle Snowdrop Day
Participation at all Dunedin Public Libraries and Larnach Castle

Jealous Saboteurs: Teen Writing Competition
In association with the Francis Upritchard exhibition Jealous Saboteurs, and in collaboration with Dunedin Public Libraries and Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature. Entry is restricted to those from Year 9 to Year 13. One entry per person, with a maximum of 750 words. Closing date for entries is 28 October 5pm. PLUS prizes for the three winners. Check the Dunedin Public Art Gallery events page for further upcoming details. Any queries, contact Lynda Cullen 4743249. This touring exhibition, Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs is a joint partnership with Monash University Museum of Art and City Gallery, Wellington.

Jealous Saboteurs: A workshop for young writers hosted by Sue Wootton
In association with the current Jealous Saboteurs exhibition at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, young writers are invited to take part in a writers’ workshop inspired by the works of artist, Francis Upritchard.

The workshop, run by Dunedin writer Sue Wooton, will include a visit to Dunedin Public Art Gallery to preview the exhibition, followed by a two-hour tutorial where students will be taken through ideas and planning to enable them to produce a piece of writing, eligible for entry into the Jealous Saboteurs Teen Writing competition.

The competition is being run in a collaboration between Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Libraries, and the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature, and is open to young writers in years 9-13 of high school. Full details of the competition will be provided to workshop participants, and can also be found at www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/events/our-competitions from 12th August.

Once Upon a Sunday Storytimes in the City Library Storypit:

Ngā pūrakau ō te Rangi
Celebrate Matariki and te reo Māori with a host of star-filled stories by Kaitrin McMullan. Take home a star to decorate, too. For children of all ages.

Sunday 2nd July, 2.00pm

Rhymes and Riddles
Come and make some clever rhymes with Kaitrin McMullan’s on-the-spot poetry game. Plus lots of rhyming stories and songs to enjoy. For children of all ages.

Sunday 6th August, 2.00pm

School Holiday Workshops

Drawing on the Light Side: Kiwi Cartoonist Brent Harpur
Learn how to tell your story in pictures.
Come dressed as your favourite Harry Potter character for this magical and entertaining workshop.
Spot prizes and cartoon giveaways!

Blueskin Bay Library : Monday 10th July, 2pm – 5pm

City Library : Tuesday 11th July, 10am – 2pm AND Sunday 16th July, 12.30pm – 3.30pm 
Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, City Library
Booking Essential (limited numbers): 03 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz

Waikouaiti Library : Wednesday 12th July, 11am – 1.30pm

Mosgiel Library : Thursday 13th July, 2pm – 5pm
Booking Essential (limited numbers): 03 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz

Port Chalmers Library : Friday 14th July, 1pm – 4pm

Cadburys Chocolate Carnival

Pick up a programme at your local library

Chocolate Bard Poetry Competition
Delicious, decadent and delightful… whose chocolate sonnet deserves to win the People’s Choice prize pack choc-full of treats? Cast your votes online, at your local library, or see the Otago Daily Times for further voting options on Saturday 15th July.
Saturday 15th July – Thursday 20th July
All Dunedin Public Libraries
Visit: www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/chocolatebard

Freddo’s Family Story Time
Hop to the library with your family for a story session. Meet Freddo Frog and enjoy a chocolate treat!

Waikouaiti Library : Monday 17th July, 2pm

Mosgiel Library : Tuesday 18th July, 11am

City Library : Dunningham Suite Foyer, 4th Floor, Wednesday 19th July AND Friday 21st July, 10.30am

Port Chalmers Library : Thursday 20th July, 10am

Blueskin Bay Library : Thursday 20th July, 2pm

Literary Events

Ink Spots and Twisty Plots
Celebrating the wonder of children’s books.
A great day out for writers, for readers, for sketchers, for dreamers.

With special guests including: Donnovan Bixley, Lisala Halapua, Sandy McKay, Sue Wootton, Melinda Szymanik, Ella West,  and Mere Whaanga

Saturday 12th August, 11am-4pm
4th Floor, Dunedin City Library

National Poetry Day: The Perfect 10
Hosted by the Otago-Southland NZ Society of Authors, our gala evening celebrating poetry brings 10 illustrious Otago poets together, as well as introducing some of our upcoming young poets.

Featuring: Fiona Farrell, Jillian Sullivan, Liz Breslin, Brian Turner, Peter Olds, Sue Wootton, Jenny Powell, Kay Cooke, Victor Billot, David Howard,  plus winners of the WriteNow Dunedin Secondary School Poetry Competition. MC'd by Dunedin writer Diane Brown.

Join us for the reception at 5.30pm and be serenaded by Jazz pianist Bill Martin.

Friday 25th August, 5.30pm
Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library
Prior Booking Essential: TICKETS $5 (bookable in person, at your local library)