Bernadette Hall

Bernadette Hall is a nationally recognised award-winning writer, best know for her poetry. Her sixth collection, Settler Dreaming, was short listed for the Tasmania Pacific Poetry Award in 2003. In 2007 she spent six months in Ireland on the Rathcoola Fellowship. The Lustre Jug, published in 2009 was short listed for the 2010 NZ Book Awards and her latest collection of poetry, Life and Customs has just been published.

She has also established a strong reputation as an editor and as a writer of essays, short stories and critical reviews. She has taught at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University and was involved in the founding of the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2008 and tutored on the course for the first three years. She is still very involved as a tutor and mentor of students at the Writers’ Institute. She was named as a Member of the NZ Order of Merit in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.


Morrin Rout

Morrin Rout has been producer/presenter of literary programs on National Radio and Plains FM for nearly 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.


Frankie McMillan

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.

Zoë Meager

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


Christina Stachurski

An award winning playwright and theatre director, Christina has been involved in theatre from an early age, also as Christina Stachurski
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 a 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. At present, she teaches Modern Drama and Creative Writing at the University of Canterbury.

Coral Atkinson

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.

Joanna Orwin

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.

James Norcliffe

James Norcliffe is an award-winning poet and educator, as well asc3ebdad26ea1cc7ffff8026ffffd524 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.

Tanya Moir

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.

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