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.
By taking this tour, you'll 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.
Come along to hear stories about famous past and present New Zealand writers their lives, their work, their love of Dunedin - by visiting historic and new places of literary interest.
P.S. My tours are not 'academic', they have broad appeal, and are good fun!
A selection of tour photos
If you LOVE books, you’ll LOVE this tour.
Join me and discover:
who first described New Zealand as ‘God’s Own Country’
the lasting influence of the gold rush on Dunedin's culture
why Robbie Burns still rocks!
insights into the lives of some of our best-loved writers
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.
Beverly is an active member of the Otago-Southland branch of the NZ Society of Authors, and has organised many local literary events including their Writers’ Salons.
She is also a member of the CoL's Arts Collaboration group, and has a current First Aid certificate.
Campus Walking Tour (Tues/Thurs/Sun)
10.30 am outside the University of Otago Visitors’ Centre (see map below) on the corner of Cumberland and St David Streets.
Inner City Walking Tour
2 p.m. daily (if demand warrants). Departing from the i-SITE Visitors Centre, [see map below) 50 The Octagon, Dunedin.
... and so much more, with a friendly, knowledgeable guide.
Note: we walk on flat streets, and at normal pace!
For all questions and comments please use this web form to contact us, or text or phone Beverly on +64 27 44 44 788