Coral Atkinson is a fiction writer. She has written novels and her short fiction has appeared in a range of publications in New Zealand and Ireland. Her first book, The Love Apple (2005), was a bestseller. Atkinson says, ‘I have forged a style in my writing that draws on two traditions – New Zealand and Ireland.’ Her second novel, The Paua Tower, was published in 2006. She has also published a young adult book ‘Copper Top’ and is a experienced and respected publisher and tutor for the Whitereia Publishing Course.
Laura Borrowdale is a Hagley graduate, secondary school teacher, and editor of New Zealand’s first and only erotic journal, Aotearotica. Her work has appeared in Catalyst, Sport, takahē, Turbine, and Vice, among others, and her debut short story collection, Sex, With Animals, was published by Dead Bird Books.
Rose Collins has a Masters in Creative Writing from Victoria University’s IIML (2010). She is a recovering litigation lawyer and her short stories and poetry have been published in a number of journals and anthologies, including Sport, Turbine/Kapohau, Sweet Mammalian, and 4th Floor. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Bare Fiction Prize (UK) and placed 2nd in the 2019 National Flash Fiction Competition (NZ) and 1st in the international Micro Madness Competition (2020). Rose was the 2018 Writer in Residence at Hagley College and has taught creative writing to children and teenagers at the School for Young Writers.
After living in Edinburgh for the past four years, Lynn Davidson has returned home to Wellington. Her latest poetry collection Islander is published by Shearsman Books in the UK and Victoria University Press in New Zealand. She was Visiting Artist at Massey University in 2011, had a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013 and a Bothy Project Residency at Inshriach Bothy in the Cairngorms in 2016. She won the Poetry New Zealand Poetry Award, 2020 and is the 2021 Randell Cottage Writer in Residence. Lynn has a doctorate in creative writing, teaches creative writing, and is a member of 12, an Edinburgh-based feminist poetry collective.
AJ Fitzwater lives between the cracks of Christchurch, New Zealand. Their work focuses on feminist and queer themes, and has appeared in venues of repute such as Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Giganotosaurus, GlitterShip, and in various anthologies. They are the author of rodent pirate escapades in The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, and the WW2 land girls shape-shifter novella No Man’s Land. With a background in radio, AJ lends their voice to podcast narrations, including for the Escape Artists universe. They enjoy maintaining a collection of bow ties. A unicorn disguised in a snappy blazer, they tweet @AJFitzwater
Amy Head lives in Christchurch. Her first book, the short story collection Tough, was included in the NZ Listener and Metro best books lists for 2013 and was the winner of the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction in 2014. Her most recent book is Rotoroa (2018).
Erik Kennedy is the author of There’s No Place Like the Internet in Springtime (Victoria University Press), and he is co-editing an anthology of climate change poetry from Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific, forthcoming from Auckland University Press, in 2021. His poems and criticism have been widely published. Originally from New Jersey, he lives in Christchurch.
Chloe Lane is a 2021 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellow. She earned her MFA in Fiction from the University of Florida in 2017. She also has a MA from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University Wellington, and a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Her debut novel The Swimmers was published by Victoria University Press in 2020. She has recently published essays in The Spinoff, Pantograph Punch, Newsroom, Subtropics (USA), and Contemporary HUM. She currently lives in Ōtautahi Christchurch with her husband and young son.
Frankie McMillan is a poet and short story writer who lives in Christchurch. She is the author of The Bag Lady’s Picnic and other stories and two poetry collections, Dressing for the Cannibals and There are no horses in heaven. In 2009 she won first prize in the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition. In both 2013 and 2015 she was the winner of the New Zealand Flash Fiction Award. Frankie was awarded the Creative New Zealand Todd New Writers’ Bursary in 2005 and held the Ursula Bethell residency at the University of Canterbury in 2014. My Mother and the Hungarians and other small fictions (CUP) was published in August 2016 and was long listed for the 2017 Ockham Book Awards. Her latest book, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions (CUP), has just been named as one of the top 10 fiction books of 2019 by The Spinoff. She is the 2019 recipient of the Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship.
Tanya studied with the Hagley Writers’ Institute and received the Margaret Mahy Award in 2008. Her first book, the critically acclaimed historical novel La Rochelle’s Road, was noted for ‘a deeply poetic sensibility that is, at times, quite breathtaking’ (Your Weekend). The New Zealand Listener described it as ‘that wonder: absorbing historical fiction that replenishes our view of the world then and now’, remarking on language that is ‘fresh, vivid and authentic’. Her second novel, Anticipation, was published in 2013 to rave reviews and her third novel, The Legend of Winstone Blackhat, was longlisted for the 2016 Ockham NZ Book Awards and for the Ngaio Marsh Crime Award. She also writes rural romance under the pseudonym of Holly Ford and has had five best sellers published. Tanya was a 2013 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow and was awarded the Todd New Writer’s Bursary in 2012.
James Norcliffe is an award-winning poet and educator, as well as an author of children’s books. He has been awarded the 2012 University of Otago College of Education’s Writer in Residence, and has been recipient of the 2006 Fellowship at Iowa University and the 2000 Robert Burns Fellowship at Otago University.
Joanna Orwin writes books for children. She has a background in ecology and science editing and her stories often focus on New Zealand flora and fauna. She also draws extensively on Maori mythology and her interest in New Zealand’s cultural heritage. Orwin won the Children’s Book of the Year Award for The Guardian of the Land (1985), and Owl (2001) was the Senior Fiction category winner for the 2002 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.
Ronnie Smart is a Christchurch poet and writer of short dark fiction, who graduated cum laude from the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2017, and has since continued to train and develop through various courses online and in person. In 2018 he received a mentorship from the famous Australian horror writer, Kaaron Warren. He served as judge for the Australian Shadows Awards, and for the Australasian Horror Writers’ Association Short Story Awards for 2018 and 2019. His writing has been published in numerous literary and genre venues, including Flash Frontier, Blue Fifth Review, takahē, Breach, Trickster’s Treats 3, and in the poetry anthology Untimely Frost.
An award winning playwright and theatre director, Christina has been involved in theatre from an early age, also as
an 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 as guest poetry editor for takahē, 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. She teaches Modern Drama and Creative Writing at the University of Canterbury.
Chris Stewart attended The Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2015, winning The Margaret Mahy Prize. Since then, he has published poems in a variety of New Zealand literary journals, and was selected to feature in the recently published AUP New Poets 6. He is grateful to Hagley for everything!