Some of the university’s most talented musicians and poets will be sharing their work to highlight the valuable contribution art makes to society.

Whether its helping to make sense of the chaos around us, sparking our imagination or inspiring us to take action, music and poetry has a unique power to change the world.

Date and time: Wednesday, 22 February 2017. Music and poetry will start at 12pm and ends at 2pm

Location: on the lawn outside the Burns Building and link


The Broken Heartbreakers

A compassionate and compelling live act, The Broken Heartbreakers’ music mixes the bleak with the beautiful, drawing on deep roots of country, folk and classic pop melody, but with a defiant and subversive twist and just a touch of modern electricity.

Graeme Downes

graeme-downesGraeme is a senior lecturer at the department of Music at the University of Otago, teaching song writing and musicology. Graeme has a thirty-plus-year career as a songwriter and performer in the Verlaines and as a solo performer. He is currently working on the band’s tenth studio album, a double album entitled Dunedin Spleen.

David Eggleton

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADavid Eggleton lives in Dunedin, where he is a poet, writer, reviewer and editor. He has won the Reviewer of the Year Award six times at the Montana-New Zealand Book Awards, most recently in 2009. He has had seven books of poems and a book of short fiction published, as well as several works of non-fiction on various subjects, including New Zealand photography, art and rock music. His most recent collection of poems, The Conch Trumpet, won the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Award for Poetry. He is the current Editor of Landfall, published by Otago University Press.

Emma Neale

emma-nealeA writer, editor and occasional creative writing tutor, Emma is a winner of the inaugural NZSA/Janet Frame Memorial Award, the Kathleen Grattan Award for an unpublished poetry manuscript (The Truth Garden), the University of Otago Burns fellowship and the NZSA/Beatson Fellowship. Her poetry collection, Tender Machines, was long-listed in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Her new novel, Billy Bird, was published in September 2016, and has also been long-listed in the current Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Genevieve Scanlan

genevieve-scanlanAn MA English graduate of Otago University. Genevieve’s poetry has been published in Poetry New Zealand, London Grip, and the Otago Daily Times.

Dierdre Newall

dierdre-newallA Dundedin based musician in the style of Hillbilly blues and psychedelic folk.