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- Turbine 2013 goes live
- IIML Staff and Graduates in Writers Week lineup
- Eleanor Catton to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Victoria
19 February 2014
Poetry, memoir and a tribute to artist Ralph Hotere feature in the 2013 issue of the online literary journal Turbine which is published by Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML).
Turbine 13 showcases writing from established and emerging voices, including the latest graduates of the IIML's Master of Arts in Creative Writing.
View Turbine 13.
This year's highlights include American poet Mary Ruefle's 'Long White Cloud', which was inspired by her visit to New Zealand as an IIML international guest writer, and former IIML director Emeritus Professor Bill Manhire's tribute to Ralph Hotere titled 'Some Things to Place in a Coffin'.
Turbine also features an extract from the first memoir to win the Adam Foundation Prize, Helena Wiśniewska Brow's Give us this day, which will be published by Victoria University Press in October this year. The memoir tells the story of a Polish child who arrived in New Zealand in 1944.
There is also poetry from Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Sara Martin, who is currently convening a poetry workshop at the IIML.
An interview with 2013 Victoria University Writer in Residence Carl Shuker and extracts from the reading journals of last year's MA in Creative Writing graduates, give fascinating insights into the writing process.
Among the previous contributors to Turbine is IIML graduate Eleanor Catton, whose novel The Luminaries, won the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
For further information contact Chris Price, Senior Lecturer at the IIML, on 04-463 5815 or by email.
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7 February 2014
Writers Week runs from 7 to 12 March this year, as part of the New Zealand Festival, and once again, Victoria University is a key partner in the event. IIML staff and graduates also have a strong presence in this year's Writers Week lineup.
Events to look out for include a rehearsed reading of scenes from IIML Director Damien Wilkins' latest novel, Max Gate; a live creative writing workshop convened onstage by James Brown; Dave Armstrong reading as part of the lineup for The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous, and chairing a session on New Zealand playwrights and the histories that inspire them; and critic Terry Castle in conversation with Harry Ricketts.
More details are below. You can read the full programme and book tickets on the Writers Week website.
And look out for sessions featuring or hosted by our graduates; among them the Man Booker prizewinning novelist Eleanor Catton (2014 New Zealand Book Council Lecture and Midwives or Meddlers?, journalist Linley Boniface and Commonwealth Short Story Prizewinner Emma Martin (Reading for Readers); poet, essayist and fiction writer Alice Miller (First Published); novelist and first-time children's author Mary McCallum (Dappled Annie and the Tigrish - book launch); and award-winning writer Tina Makereti, who will teach a Māori and Pasifika Creative Writing Workshop at the IIML later this year, in conversation with the poet and novelist Kei Miller(Where We Might Fit).
Sunday 9 March from 4.45pm, Embassy Theatre
The Exercise Book Live – award-winning poet James Brown and students of the International Institute of Modern Letters workshop prose, poetry and scripts live onstage, with audience interaction.
Friday 7 March from 9.45am, Hannah Playhouse
Based on a True Story – Playwrights Michelanne Forster, Hone Kouka, Briar Grace-Smith and Stuart Hoar discuss their relationship with and debt to the New Zealand histories that have inspired them, in a session chaired by fellow playwright and television scriptwriter Dave Armstrong.
Wednesday 12 March from 10.45am, Hannah Playhouse
Dave Armstrong, Joy Cowley, Elizabeth Knox, Antonio Te Maioha, Kyle Mewburn, and Jo Randerson share stories and poems from The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous (Te Papa Press, 2014); a new anthology inspired by the weird and wonderful contents of Te Papa Tongarewa Museum.
Sunday 8 March from 2pm, Te Marae at Te Papa.
Reviewing the reviewer – critic Terry Castle (London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books), whom Susan Sontag called ‘the most expressive, most enlightening literary critic at large today’, discusses her craft with fellow critic, poet, biographer and reviewer Harry Ricketts.
Sunday 9 March from 10.45am, Embassy Theatre.
28 January 2014
Man Booker prize-winning author of The Luminaries Eleanor Catton, is to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature at Victoria University of Wellington’s May graduation.
'We are extremely proud to count Eleanor among our illustrious alumni, and look forward to formally acknowledging her achievements with an honorary doctorate,' says Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh. Read the full story.
Eleanor graduated with Distinction from Victoria's MA Creative Writing programme in 2008, winning that year's Adam Prize for The Rehearsal, which was subsequently published by Victoria University Press. The Luminaries is her second novel.