Tutors for 2016….

The tutors for 2016 will be Frankie McMillan and Christina Stachurski – we are very fortunate to have writers/teachers of such literary talent and experience to be part of the Institute.

Frankie McMillan is a poet and short story writer. She is the authorFrankie of a short fiction collection, The Bag Lady’s Picnic and other stories, and two poetry collections, Dressing for the Cannibals and There are no horses in heaven. She was the winner of the NZ National Flash Fiction Award in 2013 and 2015, Frankie was awarded the Creative NZ Todd New Writer’s Bursary in 2005 and co-recipient of the Ursula Bethell residency in creative writing at the University of Canterbury in 2014. She has been involved with the Hagley Writers’ Institute for some years as both a tutor and supervisor.

An award winning playwright and theatre director, Christina Stachurski has been involved in theatre from an early age, also as Christina Stachurskian actor, stage manager and designer, and producer of outdoor Shakespeare for the Christchurch City Council’s SummerTimes (1993/4). Her M.A. is in New Zealand drama and her doctorate in New Zealand fiction focuses upon issues of ethnic identity. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Christchurch College of Education, and taught creative writing for Continuing Education, the School for Young Writers and the Books & Beyond Festival. Christina has also acted a guest poetry editor for Takahe, one-act play festival adjudicator and judge of the secondary schools’ Peter Smart Poetry Competition. She very much enjoyed her time as Writer in Residence at Hagley College in 2006. At present, she teaches Modern Drama and Creative Writing at the University of Canterbury.

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NZ National Poetry day workshop and competition winners

We celebrated NZ Poetry Day in style with a very well attendedIMG_2808 IMG_2809 IMG_2813 IMG_2817 workshop taken by local poets Frankie McMillan and Kerrin P Sharpe and the announcement of the winners of the 2015 Hagley Writers’ Institute NZ Poetry Day competition. Frankie was the judge and was very impressed with the quality and quantity of the submissions. In  the bottom right photo, L to R – Lucy D’aeth (Runner – up, Student section), Christina Stachurski(poet and tutor), Bernadette Hall ( Patron and poet), Chris Stewart(winner of student section), Doc Drumheller (poet) and ‘mini-me’, Kerrin P Sharpe(poet and tutor), Frankie McMillan (poet and judge).

Here are the results of the competition:

Student Section:
First – Chris Stewart – The noise ducks make
Runners up – Lucy D’aeth – September Hare
Lucy D’aeth – The songs of the bully sisters
Highly Commended – Chris Stewart – Because I never map the stars.
Graduate Section:
First – Marisa Capetta – My love in the Bindery
Runner up – Gail Ingram – The Dragon
Highly Commended – Jeni Curtis – So they went to the mountain, and A History of Kites.
Congratulations to them all.
There were 35 poems submitted in the student category and 21 from graduates.

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The Writers’ Institute celebrates NZ National Poetry Day 2015…..

Poster for workshop 2015

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More success for Hagley Graduate….

Celia Coyne was highly commended in the annual Page & Blackmore Short Story competition.

Well done Celia!

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Hagley Graduates listed in Cathay Pacific Travel media awards

Congratulations to Linda Moser for winning the New Travel Writer of the Year for a marvellous story she wrote about travelling to Ireland and getting married there. Judge Steve Braunias commented that ‘‘It was almost unfair that Linda Moser entered a category which is generally a place where naif writers – enthusiasts, amateurs, first timers – come to tell stories with energy but perhaps not a lot of craft. But her story about a wedding in Ireland was exquisitely crafted, beautifully told, and just plain better than many professional travel writers could ever hope to achieve. It’s brilliant and I would like to read it published.” You can read her winning story here

Laura Borrowdale was listed as a runner-up in the Best Travel Story about NZ.

Both are graduates of the Writers’ Institute and both teach English at Hagley College.

We are delighted for them both

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Meet the supervisors….

An opportunity to meet some of our supervisors – Coral Atkinson, Jane Higgins, Bernadette Hall and Laura Borrowdale – will be held at the Writers’ Block on Tuesday 17 March at 7pm.

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Anna Rogers to take a workshop

Prominent NZ editor and non-fiction writer, Anna Rogers, will be with us on March 15 to take a workshop with Year 2 students and talk with Year 1 over lunch.

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Term 1 begins with a visit from Tanya Moir…..

2015 has started well and our first visitor was Tanya Moir, the first winner of the tanyaMargaret Mahy Award, who has just had her third novel published. The Legend of Winstone Blackhat  is set in Central Otago and cements her reputation as one of NZ’s most promising fiction writers. Students enjoyed hearing about the origins of the book and her reading from it.

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Earthquake stories by Maria Hansen

Hagley graduate, Maria Hansen has had two books published by Lift Education as part of the Ready to Read Series from the Ministry of Education.

The Night the House Shook is based on an actual experience of a St Albans School student during the Christchurch earthquake of September 2010.

Isobel’s Garden is the true story of Isobel, an elderly Christchurch poet and artist. When two brothers accidentally kick their ball into her garden, Isobel explains to them and their mum that she is struggling with her large garden in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes. The family help her out, but it’s a huge job, so they call in the Student Volunteer Army.

For some years now, Maria Hansen has visited schools in Christchurch and read her stories to the children. In her working life, Maria is a mediator – one of a small team of experienced mediators in Christchurch helping to resolve disputes between homeowners, insurance companies, and EQC.

“Everyone who lived in Christchurch during the time of the earthquakes has a story to tell. There are stories of loss and near misses, and many funny anecdotes. Some stories are held tight and others are shared. I collect them. This is the task of every writer. I don’t seek them out, but going about my everyday life in Christchurch, earthquake stories are there for the collecting – like shells on a beach. 

These threads – our shared earthquake stories, reading to and hearing stories from children, and the mediation process as a constructive way forward – draw my writing and mediation work together in a way that reflects our shared experience.” (Maria Hansen)

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Graduation 2014

We had a wonderful celebration of our 2014 graduates on Friday 5 December at the Hagley Cafe.graduation 2014

Winners for 2014 were:

Year 1:

1. Rose Jenson

2. Lisa McKenzie

3. Brie Sherow

Year 2:

1 Monique Schoneveld

2. Nod Ghoshwinners 2014

Congratulations to you all – the portfolios were outstanding and we wish all graduates, those returning for Year 2 and those leaving us every success with your writing.

Photo: L to R: Brie Sherow, Monique Schoneveld, Lisa McKenzie

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