News

“Megan Dunn is a comic genius,” Metro Magazine, 2018.

My second book Things I Learned At Art School is out in bookstores now! It is about me, contains some mermaids but not as many as I wanted there to be, and has some things in it that I learned at art school, as well as many things that I didn’t learn at art school and some other things I have spent my life trying to unlearn—unsuccessfully. It is as honest as Karl Ove, as intellectual as The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 & 3/4 and as sassy as a Sweet Valley High novella. Contains an essay set in Huntly. What more endorsement do you need?

P.S. Yvonne Todd did the cover. Contains marketing student from Hamilton.

EVENTS 

September 2021

I did a Zoom Book launch in conversation with artist Yvonne Todd for Time Out Books on Saturday 25th September at 6pm. We talked shit and I showed a shonky Powerpoint. Laughter was shared. As below…

My video Obsession (1998) is currently in the group exhibition Image Processors: Artists in the Medium, A Short History 1968-2020 at the Adam Art Gallery. The show is on until November 11, 2021. 

October 2021 

At the Adam Art Gallery, on October 21st at 6pm I will be in conversation with award winning author Pip Adam about our terrible youth in Auckland in the 1990s and creativity. See events programme here.

November 2021

For VERB Literary Festival I will be in conversation with the one and only KIM HILL on Sunday 7 November at 10am. Join us! A nut will be cracked, probably mine. 

MEDIA

Listen to my RNZ Saturday morning interview on Things I Learned at Art School with Colin Peacock here.

For those who can sneak behind the paywall my Canvas interview with Eleanor Black is here.

On the Guardian read an extract from my essay Nine Months in a Massage Parlour called Belle Du Jour.

On The Spinoff read my short essay about author Jean M Auel’s bestselling Clan of the Cave Bear series here.

On New Writing, the UEA alumni website, read my essay The Difficult Father, this one is especially for Donald Barthelme fans.

The wonderful Pip Adam reviews Things I Learned at Art School on RNZ here. (at approx: 4.53m)

Unity Books Auckland did a short online interview with me here.

Find a recent and thorough review on Alyson’s Blog here.

MORE MEDIA ON THIS PAGE LOOKIE LOOK!

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My first book Tinderbox was published by Galley Beggar Press in November 2017.

It is about the end of Borders bookstores, Julie Christie and me – but not necessarily in that order.

The publisher says, “Riffing on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel about the end of readingTinderbox is one of the most interesting books in decades about literary culture and its place in the world. More than that, it’s about how every one of us fits into that bigger picture – and the struggle to make sense of life in the twenty-first century.”

Read the first chapter here.