Patron and Director

Bernadette Hall, Past Patron

Bernadette Hall (MNZM) is an award-winning writer, with a strong reputation as a poet, editor, and writer of essays, short stories, and critical reviews. She taught at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, helped found the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2008 and tutored for the first three years.

Morrin Rout, Patron 

Morrin Rout was a founder of the Institute and Director from 2007 to 2020. She has been a producer/presenter of literary programs on National Radio and Plains FM for over twenty years. During that time, she has interviewed many leading international literary figures as well as a significant number of New Zealand’s best known writers. She was involved in the organisation of the Listener Women’s Book Festival, as Literary Programme Co-ordinator for the Christchurch Arts Festival, as a former Chairperson of the Christchurch Book Festival Trust and as a judge for the 2007 Montana NZ Book Awards. She was one of the Programme Co-ordinators for the Christchurch Writers’ Festival for many years and has extensive contacts with publishers, book sellers and the writing community both here and overseas.

Read Morrin’s farewell letter.

Zoë Meager, Director

Zoë is from Ōtautahi and has Masters degrees in Sociology and Creative Writing. She brings broad experience to the Director role, having worked as a policy analyst, researcher, teacher, technical communicator, artists’ residency manager, as well as in marketing and libraries. Her short stories and prose poems have been commended and published widely. There’s more at