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.

Faith Oxenbridge, Acting Director 2022

Faith has an MA in Education and an MFA in Creative Writing from Canterbury University. Her short fiction has been published in Best NZ Fiction, The NZ Listener, The Six Pack 2, the Christchurch Press, Turbine and the Australian Book Review. She was runner-up in the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Competition in 2012 and Elizabeth Jolley Prize in 2014. She was a finalist in the Victoria University Overland Competition in 2013 and won the (NZ) Sunday Star Times Competition in 2013.  Her novel was long listed for the Michael Gifkins’ prize in 2019 and her Flash Fiction longlisted in the 2020 for the National Flash Fiction Day competition. Faith was also a theatre critic for the NZ Listener for twelve years and previously worked with the Christchurch Arts’ and Writers’ Festivals