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Roadside Stories: Dunedin's bards

Scottish poet Robbie Burns is remembered by a statue in Dunedin – but the city has also been home to many other bards, including Thomas Bracken, who composed the words to New Zealand’s national anthem, and the counter-culture poet James K. Baxter. A host of latter-day musical bards are responsible for the ‘Dunedin sound’ – jangly guitars and thoughtful lyrics, mostly associated with alternative music label Flying Nun.

Listen to a Roadside Story about the bards of Dunedin. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago places - Dunedin', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35353/roadside-stories-dunedins-bards (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Jul 2015