International Institute of Modern Letters

A visit from Santo Cilauro (Sept)

In mid-September, Australian screenwriter, comedian, actor and partner in Working Dog productions, Santo Cilauro visited the IIML to take a masterclass with scriptwriting students. He also gave a public presentation at the Film School, in conversation with the IIML's Ken Duncum.

Santo and Ken with a scene from Frontline

Santo and Ken show their audience a scene from Frontline.

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National Schools Poetry Award (Feb-Aug)

On Saturday 20 August, Yr 12 and 13 students from around New Zealand - finalists in the 2011 National Schools Poetry Award - enjoyed a day of intensive workshops at the International Institute of Modern Letters with poets Bernadette Hall, James Brown and Louise Wallace. Read more about the masterclass. (251KB PDF)

Poetry masterclass participants

Masterclass participants with Louise Wallace, James Brown and Bernadette Hall.

Throughout July and August, posters  featuring the winning poem - 'Nan' by Eden Tautali - were displayed in 14 cities around New Zealand, thanks to Neogine and Phantom Billstickers.

Post Office Square, Wellington

Post Office Square, Jervois Quay, Wellington.

Wakefield St, Wellington

Wakefield St, Wellington

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Joy Harjo visits Wellington (August 15 and 16)

In mid-August, during a rare snowfall in Wellington, the IIML hosted a visit from the US by renowned poet and accomplished musician Joy Harjo. Joy held a masterclass with MA in Creative Writing students and participated in two free public events - a Writers on Mondays session in conversation with Patricia Grace and a presentation of her poetry and music at Victoria's Rutherford House.

Joy Harjo, musicianJoy Harjo, poet

Joy Harjo onstage at Rutherford House, August 16.

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Christine Leunens submits PhD thesis (20 May)

In 2008, Victoria's International Institute of Modern Letters launched New Zealand's first PhD programme in creative writing, and as of mid-2011 we have 14 PhD students enrolled. On 20 May Christine Leunens-de-Maupeou submitted her PhD thesis for examination; the second of our candidates to do so. (Marian Evans, pictured third from right below, completed in 2009.)

Christine Leunens with Bill Manhire and other PhD students

Christine Leunens submitting her PhD thesis for examination, supported by primary supervisor Bill Manhire and fellow PhD candidates.

Christine Leunens submitting her PhD thesis

Read more about Christine and our other PhD students.

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