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This page will be updated as soon as details of the 2014 Writers on Mondays programme are available.

From mid-July to October each year, the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), home of Victoria University's renowned creative writing programme, runs a series of events highlighting writers active in and around Wellington, as well as guests from overseas.

Sessions take place on Mondays at lunchtime, with additional evening events from time to time.

Writers on Mondays is a stimulating way to start the working week – and it's free!

Writers on Mondays is hosted by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. In 2013 we received additional hositing support from Circa Theatre. Janice Galloway's 2013 visit to New Zealand was made possible by the support of the Melbourne Writer's Festival.

Events run Monday 12.15 - 1.15pm on The Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, unless otherwise noted.

Admission is free, all welcome. Please note that no food may be taken onto the Te Papa Marae.

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2013 Programme

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pdf Writers on Mondays Programme 2013  324 KB PDF

15 JULY  The Method Actor: Carl Shuker        

'Brash and fearless', is how the New York Times described Carl Shuker's first novel, The Method Actors, which won him the 2006 Prize in Modern Letters. His latest novel, Anti Lebanon, has just been published in the US, where Publishers Weekly reviewed it as 'a haunting and riveting account of war, loss, and exile'. Shuker is this year's Creative NZ / Victoria University Writing Fellow. Chair: Damien Wilkins.


22 JULY  Snow White's Coffin: Kate Camp

May saw the release of Kate Camp’s fifth poetry collection, Snow White’s Coffin. Written during her spell as the 2011 Creative New Zealand Berlin resident, the book renews the spooky and measured lyricism we have come to love in her poems. The recipient of the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Award joins us to discuss what gets charmed and what gets buried in the work at hand. Chair: Jane Stafford.  


29 JULY  Two Tough Girls: Emma Martin and Amy Head

'A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage,' writes author Lorrie Moore, 'a short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.' We welcome Emma Martin and Amy Head to discuss these important distinctions and share from their eagerly-awaited debut story collections, Two Girls in a Boat and Tough. Hear what these exciting new writers think about the craft of contemporary short story-writing and the perils and delights of a first publication. Chair: Emily Perkins.


5 AUGUST The Luminaries: Eleanor Catton

Internationally acclaimed author Eleanor Catton discusses her second, much-anticipated novel, The Luminaries. Set in Hokitika during the gold rush of 1866, and described as an 'astrological murder mystery', the book draws immediate comparisons to the vast and macroscopic novels of the 19th century. In conversation with Fergus Barrowman, Catton will describe the origins, mysteries, and fates that led to this extraordinary new work.


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 12 AUGUST  Best New Zealand Poems 2012

In honour of National Poetry Day on 16 August, Chris Price introduces a taster of the poets whose work was chosen by last year's editor, Ian Wedde, for the online anthology Best New Zealand Poems 2012. Featuring Sarah Jane Barnett, James Brown, Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle, Geoff Cochrane, Siobhan Harvey, Helen Heath, Gregory O'Brien, Harry Ricketts, and Ashleigh Young.


19 AUGUST All Made Up: Janice Galloway

Scottish writer Janice Galloway is celebrated for her work across many forms, including short stories, novels, prose poetry, collaborations with visual artists, and opera libretti. Most recently her 'anti-memoirs' This is Not About Me and All Made Up have won wide acclaim, including Scottish Book of the Year. Her writing is valued for its 'lethal accuracy', lyricism and compassion. A special opportunity to hear this engaging author read from and discuss her work with Emily Perkins.

Janice Galloway's visit is jointly funded by the IIML and the Melbourne Writers' Festival.


26 AUGUST Writing the Unspeakable: Danyl McLauchlan & Giovanni Tiso

In the age of the blog, how is the written word received, rated, and disseminated? Does worldwide and instantaneous access to writing put new pressures on the writer? Danyl McLauchlan and Giovanni Tiso have earned themselves hordes of online followers with their respective blogs, The Dim Post and Bat, Bean, Beam, and now McLauchlan has moved into the world of print with his novel Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley. Join chair, Dave Armstrong, to hear them talk the tech, speak the unspeakable, and more. 


2 SEPTEMBER Poetry and Other Animals: Amy Brown, Therese Lloyd, and Ashleigh Young

Three poets, representing the imaginative range and unique voice of a new generation in New Zealand poetry, join us to share a sampler of their recent work and discuss how their poems came to be. Last year saw the release of Therese Lloyd's Other Animals and Ashleigh Young's Magnificent Moon, two stunning debuts. Amy Brown's second poetry collection, The Odour of Sanctity, reinvents a neglected form - the epic. They reflect on three ways into New Zealand poetry with Harry Ricketts


9 SEPTEMBER The Next Page (1)

Each year we preview talent emerging from the MA Writing for the Page workshops at the IIML. This week nine writers read from prose and poetry in progress: Avi Duckor-Jones, Claire Orchard, Deb Potter, Sue Foot, Kate Kilkenny, Emma Hislop, Jessica Todd, Helena Brow, and Linda Bennett are introduced by Chris Price.


16 SEPTEMBER The Next Page (2)

Another smorgasbord of new writing from the IIML’s 2013 MA Page workshops. Emily Perkins introduces Charmaine Thomson, Raqi Syed, Morgan Bach, Matt Bialostocki, Gay Buckingham, Kirsten Le Harivel, Rachel Kerr, Kevin O'Donnell, Viv Smith, and Linley Boniface.


23 SEPTEMBER  Short/Sharp/Script (1) at CIRCA

How much drama can you cram into 60 minutes? Find out as actors perform rehearsed readings of work produced by MA (Script) students at the IIML. Ken Duncum introduces snappy dialogue from Jacob Buellens, Christine Cessford, Lisa Cherrington, Jane Fletcher, and Lou Harness.


30 SEPTEMBER  Short/Sharp/Script (2) at CIRCA

Five more funny, fast and furious mini-dramas by MA scriptwriters are delivered fresh and hot. Emma Kinane, Alison McLachlan, Hamish Parkinson, Maryse Ridler, and Colin Rowsell are on show with Ken Duncum, once again cooking up the most entertaining lunch-hour in Wellington.


Writers on Mondays 2013 is presented with:

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with additional support from:


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Melbourne Writers Festival logo 

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Previous Writers on Mondays programmes

Document File size File type
pdf Writers on Mondays Programme 2012  160 KB  PDF
pdf Writers on Mondays Programme 2011 231 KB PDF
pdf Writers on Mondays Programme 2010 235 KB PDF
pdf Writers on Mondays Programme 2009 161 KB PDF

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