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University of Otago
University of Otago
University of Otago
Dunedin
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Book and Place - As usual, the Centre for the Book’s annual symposium will open with a public lecture on Thursday night, followed by a day of stimulating papers.  Thursday night’s lecture at the Dunedin Public Library will be given by Neville Peat, author of numerous books about Southern New Zealand (http://www.nevillepeatsnewzealand.com/).  Come 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, and his ideas for an autobiography that explores an array of New Zealand islands spanning 8,500 kms of latitude, from the tropical to the frozen.

Friday will consist of panels of 20-min papers, with a plenary lecture by Dr. Ingrid Horrocks of Massey University, who is one of the editors of the forthcoming Victoria University Press title, Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as an online anthology about a particular place, Pukeahu (http://pukeahuanthology.org/). Other topics will be:

Regionalism in NZ literature
Guidebooks
Travel writing about New Zealand
Local libraries
Movement and traffic of books
Printers and/or publishers and place
Book events (festivals, auctions, Regent Book Sale)
Newspapers and place
Book towns (Hay-on-Wye, Wales; Bredevoort, Netherlands; Clunes,     Victoria, Australia; Greytown, NZ; and others)
Magazine circulation

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