Writing under the Influence of Fiction, History and Imagination

The Dan Davin Literary Foundation is excited to announce that the Dan Davin Writer’s in Residence for 2019 are Maxine Alterio and Majella Cullinane.

On Thursday 19 September, come into the Library for an informal talk about the process of writing, some readings from their books, and information about the Dan Davin residency. 

  • Thursday 19 September
  • 5:30 - 6:30pm
  • Library Meeting Room

-Writers in Residence 2019-

Majella Cullinane

Originally from Ireland, Majella Cullinane has lived in NZ since 2008. Her debut novel, The Life of De’Ath was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, a finalist in the 2018 NZ Heritage Book Award, and longlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards Fiction Prize 2019.

Maxine Alterio

Maxine Alterio is a novelist, short story writer and academic mentor. Her first novel, Ribbons of Grace, shortlisted for the 2008 Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers’ Choice Award, topped the national bestsellers list for several months.

Victorian Murder Mystery Night for Teens!

Join us for a glamorous banquet at Stirling Hall, a grand Victorian estate, but also the scene of a very mysterious murder!

Who is the murder victim? What was she doing in Stirling Hall? How was she killed? And most importantly, who is her killer? Scandal must be avoided at all cost and it’s up to you to find the killer!

Update: Registrations are now full! 

There are limited suspect roles: Let us know if you are interested but please note that there is no guarantee that you will receive a role. You will be informed if you are successful and will receive character information before the event. If spaces run out, you will be given a bystander role .

Victorian attire is a must, so if you are interested in attending then register now, as spaces will fill quickly!

Murder Mystery Details

  • Saturday 17 August
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • Victorian-style attire
  • Ages 13 - 18
  • Free!
  • Registrations required

Lunchtime family history talks with the NZ Society of Genealogists

The Southland Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists presents a week of lunchtime family history talks to celebrate Family History Month.

Located in the Library Meeting Room starting at 12:15pm each day – entry is free and you are welcome to bring your lunch.

Each day a different expert will talk about a different family history topic. All welcome.

Family History Week

  • 5 - 9 August
  • 12:15pm
  • Meeting Room
  • Free!

Monday

5

August

  • Preserving the past for the Future
    Mary Stuart, NZSG Southland
  • Early Bluff birth facts
    Yvonne Service, NZSG Southland

Tuesday

6

August

  • Tracing your Whakapapa
    Joe Wakefield

Wednesday

7

August

  • Using local resources – a Riverton case study
    John Macmanus, NZSG Southland

Thursday

8

August

  • Discover the Invercargill Archive online
    Amanda Hunter, Invercargill City Libraries & Archives

Friday

9

August

  • It’s not all on the Internet
    Wendy Shaw

This event is run by the NZ Society of Genealogists

Library showcase! Celebrate our building refurbishment and 30th anniversary!

Invercargill City Libraries & Archives staff and management invite you to attend the blessing and opening ceremony of our newly refurbished building. We are also celebrating 30 years at our Dee Street location.

  • Friday 19 July
  • 4:00 - 7:00pm
  • All ages

There will be live music, cake, and fun for all ages! The festivities will begin at 4:00pm with the ribbon cutting and blessing featuring honoured guests His Worship the Mayor, Sir Tim Shadbolt and Library kaumatua Michael Skerrett. Performances from Russ Dear, Ken Wellington, Jo Cooper and Emma Wells.

Evening Timeline

  • 4:00pm: Blessing & Ribbon Cutting
  • 4:15pm: Showcase Begins!

Featured Events

Virtual reality!

Make-your-own

GIF Booth!

Live music performances!

Cake! Cake! Cake!

Event Map

Feel the music in Beat Saber these school holidays!

Tuesday 9 July

2:00 - 4:00pm

Ages 13+

Free!

These school holidays come in and experience the virtual reality rhythm game taking the world by storm! No registers needed - just come into the Library and get in line!

What is Beat Saber?

Dive into an immersive rhythm experience and slash your way through the beats of adrenaline-pumping electronic music. You are a dancing superhero!