City of Literature

Dunedin, which is close to the heart of so many New Zealand writers, was recently formally recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature.

So join me on  my weekly writers' walk, to better understand why the great small city of Dunedin thoroughly deserves this title, and  continues to be a place where writers, books, and literature, thrive.


You'll hear stories about famous past and present New Zealand writers  their lives, their work, and their love of Dunedin - by visiting historic and new places of literary interest.


P.S. Rest assured my walks aren't an academic exercise (there's no quiz!). They are designed to be entertaining and good fun!


Tour Highlights

If you LOVE books, you’ll LOVE  this tour!

Join me and discover:

  • hidden literary landmarks that Dunedin-ites don't know are there!

  • the lasting influence of the  Scottish settlers and then the gold rush on Dunedin's culture 

  •  insights into the lives of some of our best-loved writers along with the current literary scene


Your Guide

Beverly Martens, the founder of Dunedin’s Literary Walking Tours, is a creative writer herself.  


She has had poems published in several anthologies, and  was one of the Fortune Theatre's emerging playwrights in 2016, where her first play 50-to-1 had its premiere.

In 2017 she attended Roger Hall’s Playwrights’ Master Class, and in June 2018 was a co-writer (and script editor)  of Hostage -  a live radio drama by the Playgroup,  of which she is a founding member.  Hostage  was performed in front of large live audience at the Dunedin Public Library and  later broadcast on OAR FM  (where it is still available as a podcast)


That same year, Beverly was also chosen to attend Playmarket’s Bi-annual Playwright's Retreat, near Levin. She spent that precious time refining the script of her next play  ‘Power Cut’ 

Beverly is also an active member of the Otago-Southland branch of the NZ Society of Authors and the City of Literature's Arts Collaboration group.

... and so much more, with a friendly, knowledgeable guide.


Note: we walk on flat streets, and at normal pace!

Meeting Points

Writers' Walks (around the inner city)

Sundays at 2 p.m 

Departs from the  i-SITE Visitors Centre, [see map below] 50 The Octagon, Dunedin.

I also offer a literary-focused walking tour around the University of Otago Campus  

(minimum of 4 people), and Group Tours (min. 6 people) by request, so please contact me

to discuss your specific requirements.

Note: the meeting point for my Campus Walks is outside the University of Otago Visitors’ Centre 

(see map below) on the corner of Cumberland and St David Streets.


For all questions and comments please use this web form to contact me

Or  text or phone Beverly on +64 27 44 44 788

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