Hagley Writers’ Institute is gaining a reputation for producing top-class flash fiction writers – again in this year’s shortlist for the 2016 NZ Flash Fiction competition we have 4/10 of the entries. Congratulations to Sam Averis for his 2 shortlisted stories and to Nod Ghosh and Linda Moser.

We have a significant presence in the long list as well. This year there were over 500 entries so getting long listed was a great achievement. Congratulations to Tracey Peterson, Sue Kingham, Gail Ingram, Wade Bishop and Marie McGuigan.

We are looking forward to the celebration on Wed 22 June when the winners will be revealed. Many Hagley graduates will be participating in this and it will be MC’ed by the Director, Morrin Rout.


Nod Ghosh interviews Frankie McMillan

Hagley graduate, Nod Ghosh has just publishedFrankie a fascinating and insightful interview with Hagley tutor, Frankie McMillan on her website – you can read it here.

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Welcome to our 2016 students…

We are looking forward to welcoming our new students to the 2016 Writers’ Institute programme. The day will start with morning tea at 9.30am on Saturday 13 February and then students will spend the rest of the morning in their tutorial groups.

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Graduation 2015

Congratulations to all our graduates in 2015. And especially to the award winners and runners up.

Year 1 – Margaret Mahy Award – joint winners – Isabelle McNeur and Chris Stewart.                                                                                Runners up – Sile Mannion and Mark Sanders

Year 2 – Margaret Mahy Award – Angela Brett.                            Runner up – Rose Jenson

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Late applications welcome…

Applications for 2016 are still being accepted – please email the Director, Morrin Rout, writers@hagley.school.nz or phone 033299789, mob: 0210464189 if you want any further information or to have an application form emailed to you.

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Bernadette Hall is awarded the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry

We are delighted to learn that our patron, Bernadette Hall has beenthumb_213.33333333333213.33333333333226234240Profile named as the 2015 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry. Bernadette was one of the founders of the Hagley Writers’ Institute and a long-term tutor and supervisor. We congratulate her on this prestigious award, a well deserved recognition of her literary talent and outstanding contribution to NZ poetry.

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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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