Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival and Otago Access Radio Podcasts

Photo by Sinead Jenkins
Photo by Sinead Jenkins
The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival and Otago Access Radio have produced a set of 20 podcasts (also being broadcast on 105.4FM) so you can relive your favourite sessions or catch up on some you missed.

Writing Romance in the 21st Century

Chair Susan Sims and authors Nalini Singh, Steff Green, and Jayne Castel unpicked why romance writing matters in 2021, and discussed the ongoing appeal of romance novels and what success looks like to writers of this billion-dollar genre.

Girl in the Mirror

Rose Carlyle, who shot to literary fame with her debut novel, The Girl in the Mirror, talked to Phillippa Duffy about what happens to a story when a book is snapped up by Hollywood. ​

Placing Fantasy Inside the Real World

Elizabeth Knox, acclaimed author of many novels, including The Vintner’s Luck and, most recently, The Absolute Book, unpicked the meanings and implications, the whys and wherefores, of placing a ‘fantasy’ world inside the ‘real’ world, with HG Parry.  ​

Magical Rights

HG Parry is an emerging author who writes complex and engaging fantasy novels. ​She explained to Lynn Freeman the imaginative thought processes that led her, in her most recent series, to reinvent the French Revolution.

Mapping Dunedin's Stories

Cityscapes and their surroundings have an intimate connection to the literary imagination, inscribing a sense of place and identity that persists through time. Frank Gordon, Roger Hickin, David Ciccoricco, and Nicola Cummins discussed the varied ways they have mapped our city’s stories.

Escaping the Humdrum
One of the joys of reading is being transported into the wilds of both your own and someone else’s imagination. HG Parry and Gareth will discussed crafting stories that take us into fantasy worlds far from the mundane, with Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb.

Rivers, Riptides and Roads
From sprawling braided riverbeds to exhilarating surf breaks, Aotearoa is both an angler's paradise and a surfer's dream. Dougal Rillstone and Derek Morrison sat down with fellow explorer Bruce Ansley to talk about their sense of self in remote and wild places.

Decolonisation: Activating Allies
Rebecca Kiddle and Amanda Thomas, contributing writers for Imagining Decolonisation, discussed with Mihiata Pirini why decolonisation is beneficial to everyone, and who is, and who should be, doing the mahi.  ​

The Historical Novel: Germany
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.

The Wilder Years - Selected Poems
The current Poet Laureate, David Eggleton, dived into his new book, The Wilder Years: Selected Poems, with fellow poet Victor Billot.

Women, Past & Present
Vanda Symon, Steff Green, Hannah Parry, and Angela Wanhalla talk about women who’ve come before and those who are here now, and the footprints they’ve laid for our future. Hosted by Majella Cullinane.

Rocketing to Fame
Becky Manawatu’s debut novel, Auē, announced her as a compelling new voice in New Zealand fiction. Lynn Freeman quizzed Becky about how her meteoric rise to literary fame has affected her approach to writing and life.

Ngā Kete Mātauranga
In the pages of Ngā Kete Mātauranga, Māori academics share what being Māori has meant for them in their work. Co-editor Jacinta Ruru, in conversation with the Te Kai a te Rangatira editors, spoke about the process of creating the book and the influence of Mātauranga on the academic sector.

Walking the Heartland
In Map for the Heart: Ida Valley Essays, Jillian Sullivan’s gentle essays about her wanderings and wonderings in the vast Ida Valley are an exploration of the physical place, and of connection to community. She and Liz Breslin will discuss how place and space affect the heart.

Politics of Poetry
David Eggleton, Jessica Thompson Carr, and Fiona Farrell shared perspectives on the politics inherent in poetry. Chaired by Emma Neale, they examine the way poetry reflects the mood of the people, and how it can subvert and challenge societal views to effect change.

Crossing Genres
From paranormal romance to crime thrillers, The New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh spoke to Kirby-Jane Hallum about how and why she has crossed genres, and her three most recent releases: Alpha Night, Archangel’s Sun, and Quiet in Her Bones.

NZ Crime – What's Going On?
Jared Savage and Steve Braunias tackled some of the big questions about crime in New Zealand, and what they learned in the process of writing about it. With Rob Kidd.

Navigating the Stars – Māori Creation Myths – with Witi Ihimaera and Jacinta Ruru
Witi Ihimaera spoke 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.

Things OK with You? – with Vincent O’Sullivan and Lynn Freeman
Lynn Freeman sat down with Vincent O’Sullivan to talk about his recent work, including his new collection of poems Things OK with You? and of course the biographical portrait, Ralph Hotere: The Dark is Light Enough.

The Books that Made Me – with Kyle Mewburn, Rose Carlyle, and Nalini Singh, hosted by Bridget Schaumann
Rose Carlyle, Nalini Singh, and Kyle Mewburn read an excerpt from a significant childhood story and spoke about the shaping effect it has had on their adulthood. Hosted by Bridget Schaumann.

We’re grateful to Copyright Licensing NZ for funding these podcasts.