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Each year the International Institute of Modern Letters invites leading international writers across a range of genres to teach masterclasses for current students of the MA in Creative Writing, and appear in public events in Wellington. A sample of previous international guests includes Guillermo Arriaga, Santo Cilauro, Teju Cole, Richard Ford, Janice Galloway,  Lee Gutkind, Jen Hadfield, Joy Harjo, Michael Hofmann, Michael Hulse, Ben Lewin, Kei Miller, Andrew Motion, Mal Peet, Ron Rash, Mary Ruefle, Michael Schmidt, Robert Shearman, Karen Solie, and Scarlett Thomas.

Our first guest for 2015 will be the Irish poet Vona Groarke.

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Vona Groarke (May 2015)

 Image of Vona Groarke (courtesy of

The acclaimed Irish poet Vona Groarke has published six collections with Gallery Press, the latest being X, (2014), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Others include Spindrift (2010), Flight (2002) - which won the Michael Hartnett Award, and her translation from Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s eighteenth-century Irish, Lament for Art O'Leary (2008), which is currently being adapted as an opera by Irish composer, Irene Buckley. In the U.S., she publishes with Wake Forest University Press. Her poems have recently appeared in Yale Review, The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, The Guardian, The Times and Poetry Review.

She teaches poetry in the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester in the UK and is the editor of Poetry Ireland Review. In 2015 she will be on the judging panel for New Zealand's Sarah Broom Poetry Prize.

The IIML will host Groarke in Wellington for an exclusive masterclass with our MA in Creative Writing students. She will also be our guest at a public poetry reading at City Gallery, chaired by poet and 2015 IIML Teaching Fellow Cliff Fell.

While in New Zealand Groarke will also appear at the Auckland Writers Festival and the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival. 

Read more:

Irish Writers Online listing

Poetry Foundation author page

Poetry International Foundation listing

(Biographical details courtesy of the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize site. Image source: