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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