Christina Stachurski has left us – but not really

Christina Stachurski
While we are very sad that Christina will not be tutoring in 2020, she is still going to mentor students so we will still have her experience, expertise and great company to enjoy. Thank you, Christina for all the wonderful work you have done for our students – you have been greatly appreciated and loved.

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Zoë Meager is our new tutor!

We are delighted to announce that Zoë Meager will be tutoring in 2020. She joins Frankie McMillan and is a highly qualified and experienced writer and teacher. Zoë is from Ōtautahi and has a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. Her short stories have been commended at home and abroad, including winning the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Pacific Region, 2013, with her story Things with Faces, which was published in Granta. Her work has appeared in Hue and Cry, Landfall, North & South, Overland, and Turbine | Kapohau, among others, and been anthologised in Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, and two Bath Flash Fiction volumes. She is fiction editor for takahē and an Editorial Assistant (Fiction) for Overland. There’s more at

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2019 Graduation

From left: Francesca Aitken, Kirstie McHale, Megan O’Neill

We were pleased to celebrate another successful year for our 2019 students. The Margaret Mahy Award was given to Francesca Aitken, runner up was Kirstie Mchale who also won the takehe Award for the best short story and Megan O’Neill was highly commended.

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It’s that time again …..

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WORD festival pop-up readings……

Hagley Writers’ Institute was part of the recent WORD Festival pop-up readings in New Regent St. It was a lively and busy event and thanks to our readers, Zoe Meager, Gail Ingram, Sam Averis, Chris Stewart and Ronnie Smart for showcasing their talent. The crowd came and went and you can see the great Scottish crime writer, Denise Mina, on the left, just next to our reader, Chris Stewart.

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Bonsai is launched…


Bonsai, a new collection of NZ short fiction edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe was recently launched at Scorpio books and contains work by a large number of Hagley graduates, students, mentors and tutors – it’s a real tribute to the strength of the genre in Christchurch and the great teaching by our tutors at Hagley.

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Classes end…..

Frankie’s class at the end of a busy and stimulating programme. The classes now break while they work on their portfolios to be handed in by mid-October. It’s been a great year.


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Clean sweep of North & South short short story competition

There is no mystery in who won the short short story competition –  Sue Kingham’s story won and the runners-up were Nod Ghosh and Zoe Meager – all Hagley writers. Congratulations to you all. Buy this Feb’s edition to read these remarkable stories.

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The year gets underway – Christina’s class get to know each other

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Applications open for 2018

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