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Director appointed for Dunedin City of Literature

The Dunedin City Council has appointed Nicky Page as its City of Literature director, reports Booksellers New Zealand.

Page has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, including roles as publications manager, rights manager, senior editor and freelance editor for New Zealand and international publications. She currently works at the University of Otago in Dunedin as academic manager of health sciences.

Dunedin City Council group manager of arts and culture Bernie Hawke said in a statement that Page ‘brings a diverse range of skills and experience to the role which we hope will take the Dunedin City of Literature designation to the next level’.

Page said she was ‘looking forward to working with our wonderful local writers, as well as the City of Literature collaboration group, libraries, University, bookshops, galleries, museums, theatres, festivals, and creative communities’.

‘I’d like to build on the excellent initiatives and connections that have already been established and to collaborate proactively with other members of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network,’ said Page. ‘It will also be important to engage with schools, so that young Dunedinites can be proud of our city’s special designation.’

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Dunedin was designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature in December 2014.


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