On this page:
- Guest UK scriptwriter to lead MA Scriptwriting course
- 2014 Writer in Residence announced
- 'Con' by Gavin McGibbon is on at Circa Theatre
- Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Booker Prize
- Damien Wilkins receives Arts Foundation Laureate Award
- New summer course: CREW 352 Creative Science Writing Workshop
- Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries shortlisted for Man Booker Prize
- National Schools Poetry Award winner announced
- Acclaimed Scottish writer Janice Galloway to lead masterclass at the IIML
- PhD Creative Writing candidates win NZ Post Book Awards Best First Books
- Eleanor Catton on ManBooker longlist
- Creative Writing students shortlisted for NZ Post Book Awards
- Murder, mystery and unspeakable secrets laid bare in Writers on Mondays
- Creative Writing graduates win CNZ awards
- Magic Playgrounds at the Film Archive
- Maxine Alterio wins Seresin Landfall Residency 2013
- Best New Zealand Poems 2012 is live
- IIML graduates honoured at Adam Play Awards
- Emily Perkins on Women's Prize for Fiction longlist
- PhD candidate Steven Toussaint wins Winter Anthology Prize
- Hannah McKie and Alice Miller shortlisted for Adam NZ Play Award
7 November 2013
Successful international screenwriter, script adviser and teacher of screenwriting Kelly Marshall will teach the Master of Arts in Scriptwriting course at Victoria’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) next year.
Marshall is taking a year's leave from her position as Course Leader of the Master of Arts in Screenwriting course at the University of the Arts in London.
Ken Duncum, Director of Scriptwriting at the IIML, is delighted that Marshall has been confirmed as his replacement for 2014.
'The depth of her experience in both screenwriting and script development will bring valuable new insights to the course, and an international perspective will provide an exciting resource for the class,' he says.
Working as a writer in both live action and animation, Marshall's work has been screened on BBC, Nickelodeon, Granada TV, Scottish TV, Carlton TV and Channel 5, and she currently has four original TV and feature film projects in development.
A recent family feature script won four United States screenwriting awards—Overall Winner at the Illinois International Film Festival, Solstice Film Festival, Writer's Place and WriteMovies—and was a finalist in three other competitions.
Marshall has devised and led screenwriting courses in Britain, Europe and Singapore, and also teaches at the SMART Academy of Writing in Kent.
She has served on the judging panel of BAFTA's 60 Seconds of Fame, the British Animation Awards, Screen South's Digital Shorts and the New Zealand Writers Guild's 2010 Script Writer Awards.
Applications for the 2014 Master of Arts in Creative Writing (Page or Scriptwriting streams) close on Monday 18 November.
31 October 2013
Ms Baker, a Victoria University graduate, is best known for her volumes of poetry, mātuhi / needle, published by Victoria University Press and the California-based Perceval Press, and kōiwi kōiwi / bone bone, published by Victoria University Press in 2010.
She has also published children's writing and essays, and her work has been selected for literary collections both in New Zealand and abroad.
Ms Baker's poetry is praised for its innovation and interest in 'the big questions'. Her poems navigate the cultures that converge and challenge each other in her life and in the world, and balance the need to belong against the need to be an individual.
Reviewing kōiwi kōiwi / bone bone in the New Zealand Herald, Paula Green described her work as being 'made of musical notes, silence, a generous revelation of the personal and a creative use of found material'.
Ms Baker has participated in numerous international literary residencies and exchanges, including in Queensland, Fiji, New York City and most recently in Austria and Germany, as well as at the University of Iowa.
At the Frankfurt Book Fair she represented 'New Zealand as Country of Honour' in the handover ceremony to close the pavilion.
As well as these international contributions, Ms Baker is committed to forging local connections and has worked for many years as a poetry tutor and editor at Whitireia New Zealand.
Ms Baker plans to use the residency to complete her third poetry collection, as well as a longer work of non-fiction.
She says the opportunity to focus solely on her creative work for a year is extraordinary.
'Juggling writing, performing and travelling around three part-time jobs is sometimes pretty challenging. I''m very appreciative of all that work, but I am also so grateful for the opportunity to put down a few of those spinning plates.'
Download this Victoria University media release (273KB PDF)
30 October 2013
If you could get away with it how far would you go?
They have a knack for it. They get people to do what they shouldn't. And now here's their chance to make money like never before.
Stevie and Earle have been waiting for this for years; all their tricks and their schemes have built to this. A con so wicked it's totally irresistible. Will they pull it off and what will be the consequences?
Playwright Gavin McGibbon makes his Circa debut with his seventh play; described as his most accomplished and daring piece of work yet.
'[Gavin McGibbon] … could be our answer to Neil LaBute' – Theatreview
Director: Danny Mulheron
Cast: Richard Dey, Paul McLaughlin, Acushla-Tara Sutton, Jason Whyte
26 October − 23 November
Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm
Hear Gavin interviewed about Con on Radio New Zealand (Upbeat, 24 October)
Gavin McGibbon graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing for Victoria's International Institute of Modern Letters in 2005 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the IIML. His plays produced to date include After Service, Stand Up Love, Shipwrecked Beneath the Stars, Handy Man, Hamlet Dies at the End and Holding On. Read Gavin's Playmarket profile.
16 October 2013
The Man Booker is one of the most prestigious and coveted literary prizes in the world. MA in Creative Writing graduate Eleanor Catton, 28, is the youngest winner in the award's history and, at 832 pages, The Luminaries (Victoria University Press, NZ, and Granta, UK), is the longest book ever to win.
The other writers shortlisted were Jim Crace, NoViolet Bulawayo, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Ozeki and Colm Toibin.
The Luminaries is a 19th century West Coast gold-rush murder story with a 20-part cast and a richly patterned structure. It is Eleanor's second novel.
The Man Booker judging panel described The Luminaries as 'simply luminous; a novel of arch craft and tender heart'. Chair Robert Macfarlane called it 'a magnificent novel: awesome in its structural complexity; addictive in its story-telling and magical in its conjuring of a world of greed and gold.' He summed up Eleanor's achievement as 'awesome; 'or should that be oresome?' Read the full speech. Perhaps we here at the IIML can add '"O" for orsome'?
The only other New Zealand author to win the Booker was Keri Hulme in 1985, for The Bone People, which was also set on the West Coast. Lloyd Jones's novel Mr Pip was shortlisted in 2007.
Accepting the award, a visibly stunned Eleanor spoke of the worth of creativity in a culture that increasingly measures every enterprise by monetary value.
She acknowledged the influence of Lewis Hyde's 1982 classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World on her understanding of the West Coast during the Gold Rush era; in particular its dual economies of 'gold, prized by Europeans for its value, and greenstone or pounamu, prized by Maori for its worth.
'Gold being pure currency, can only be bought and sold. Pounamu as a symbol of belonging or prestige can only be given', she said. 'An economy based on value, in Lewis Hyde's conception, is not necessarily inferior to an economy based on worth, but the two must somehow be reconciled in the life of an artist who wishes to make a living by his or her gift, by his or her art.' Read Eleanor's full acceptance speech.
Describing her epic novel as 'a publisher's nightmare', Eleanor thanked Victoria University Press and Granta for striking the 'elegant balance between making art and making money', leaving her 'free throughout to concern myself with questions not of value, but of worth.'
Fergus Barrowman, of Victoria University Press, was an early champion of Eleanor's work. ''We are delighted for Ellie and for the further international recognition the Man Booker Prize will bring The Luminaries', he said of her win. 'It's a big ambitious book written by a fearlessly intelligent and talented writer. It's a novel for readers who love great storytelling and it's wonderful that the judges have chosen to recognise that with this illustrious prize.'
The IIML's Director Damien Wilkins, who supervised Eleanor during her MA in Creative Writing in 2007, has described her as 'above all...a risk taker', and The Luminaries as 'a mad enterprise', adding 'we need more mad enterprises.'
Asked to comment on what her win might mean for New Zealand literature, he said: 'I hope [it] means that readers and writers receive a great jolt about this thing we call New Zealand writing. Our national literature is often boxed up as worthy and an obligation. The Luminaries jumps out of the box, and reminds us that imaginative acts from here belong in the larger conversation of culture. It’s not that we’ve received a stamp of approval—more that a wonderful novel simply asserts its right to be read.
'Ellie’s achievement is of course an individual triumph, made from years of meticulous work and motored by massive skill. At the IIML, where Ellie wrote her first novel, we also like her generosity in always suggesting that the community of writers she studied with and became friends with, has been a sustaining force in her writing.'
Eleanor was born in Canada and grew up in Christchurch. In 2007, she graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria's International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML). She won that year's Adam Prize for her manuscript The Rehearsal, which was published by VUP in 2008, and subseqently by Little, Brown (USA) and Granta (UK). The novel won local and international awards, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. It has since been published in twelve languages.
'The IIML experience was absolutely invaluable to me', she has said. 'The programme equipped me with the tools, vocabulary, and confidence to begin to take myself seriously as a writer.'
These Rough Notes: Victoria University Press blog
TVNZ One News (watch an excerpt from Ellie's acceptance speech)
Elizabeth Knox on The Luminaries (Read her speech from the launch on 3 August 2013 at Unity Books)
15 October 2013
Damien Wilkins, Director of the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), is the recipient of a 2013 Arts Foundation Laureate Award in recognition of his contribution to New Zealand literature.
Wilkins is the author of ten books, including novels, short stories, essays and poems. His most recent novel, Max Gate, was published by Victoria University Press in 2013. He has written for theatre and television and is also a songwriter and musician, releasing two albums of original material in 2011 and 2012. He has worked in publishing and was a founding editor of Sport. In 2005 the anthology he edited, Great Sporting Moments (VUP), won a Montana Book Award. In 2008, he was awarded a Katherine Mansfield Fellowship.
A Laureate Award is described as 'an investment in excellence across a range of art forms for an artist with prominence and outstanding potential for future growth.' Fellow recipients were photographer Laurence Aberhart, filmmaker Jane Campion, screenwriter and playwright Dean Parker, and landscape architect Megan Wraight. Laureate Award recipients receive $50,000 each and a statuette designed by Terry Stringer. Read the full list of recipients.
2 October 2013
Offered for the first time, this intensive summer workshop provides expert support for writing projects with a science focus. You'll work with leading science writer and Listener columnist Rebecca Priestley and noted essayist and poet Ashleigh Young, exploring the diverse range of nonfiction science writing possibilities: essays, articles, memoirs, travel narratives, and biographies.
Limited to 12 places. Applications close Monday 11 November.
When: 19 November 10 19 December 2013, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am - 1pm,with masterclass on Thursday 28 November 10am - 4pm.
Prerequisites: 60 points of science.
11 September 2013
Speaking from the United Kingdom where she is on a promotional tour, Eleanor Catton said, 'I am proud that this shortlist will mean many more people around the world will have a chance to visit New Zealand, imaginatively speaking, and spend awhile in our historical past.
'I think that New Zealand literature is in a very strong place right now–I'm especially excited about the writers of my generation–and I am happy that, whatever the outcome of the prize, the shortlisting will help to raise the profile of New Zealand literature elsewhere.'
Only six novels are shortlisted for the Man Booker; one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world. The other writers are are Jim Crace, NoViolet Bulawayo, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Ozeki and Colm Toibin.
Catton's New Zealand publisher, Fergus Barrowman of Victoria University Press said of The Luminaries, 'I love this book and I'm very happy that so many more readers will now discover the pleasures it has to offer them.'
Catton was born in Canada and grew up in Christchurch. In 2007, she graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at VUW's International Institute of Modern Letters. She won that year's Adam Prize for her manuscript The Rehearsal, which was published by VUP in 2008, and subseqently by Little, Brown (USA) and Granta (UK). The novel won local and international awards and has since been published in twelve languages worldwide.
The Institute's director, Damien Wilkins, said, 'There's the personal glory for Ellie and for her book, which is all thoroughly deserved, and then there's what can happen in the wake of individual success - other young New Zealand writers will see possibilities and risk things.
'Above all, Ellie is a risk-taker, because in lots of ways The Luminaries is a mad enterprise. We need more mad enterprises.'
The Luminaries, a 19th century West Coast gold-rush murder story with a 20-part cast and a richly patterned structure, has been receiving glowing reviews internationally and in New Zealand. The Guardian called the novel 'a dazzling feat of a novel, the golden nugget in this year's Man Booker long list'.
The Man Booker Prize 2013 is announced in London on 15 October. 'I've never attended a black tie event before,' said Catton. 'I'll have to buy a frock.'
16 August 2013
A Year 13 student from Pakuranga College in Auckland has won the National Schools Poetry Award for 2013.
Emma Shi won the award for her poem "inadequately blue", inspired by an early morning when she was captured by the beauty of the sky as it went from darkness to light.
'I was sleepy, but the sky was so pretty and it was slowly getting brighter. And that's what inspired the first line—"the sky folds open every morning like origami",' says Emma.
'The situation struck me with a sense of inadequacy about being human—"inadequately blue" is about how small we are, with all our limits, along with the things we could, and wish we could do—if only we were, perhaps, as great as the sky.'
Emma was one of 10 finalists in the poetry competition for Year 12 and 13 secondary school students, organised by New Zealand's most prestigious creative writing programme, Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML).
The competition judge, poet and Victoria University lecturer Anna Jackson, says "inadequately blue" is a very assured poem, from its arresting opening image, through its three poised and shapely stanzas.
'This is a poem about an origami feeling, with the image of the origami cranes at once suggesting the care, the attention, the patience it takes to "fold and fold and fold" and at the same time the lack of pretension, the artlessness, the simplicity of writing all in the lower-case about nothing more than a feeling.'
Entries for the Award came from senior secondary students all over New Zealand. Ms Jackson says she read a tremendous range of work, all of it showing some promise, some energy or some element of successful resolution.
Emma will receive $500 cash, as well as a $500 book grant for her school library—and her poem will be displayed on posters throughout New Zealand. In addition, Emma and the nine other finalists will attend a poetry masterclass at the IIML, with accommodation courtesy of the Bolton Hotel. The New Zealand Association for the Teaching of English has provided support for the masterclass.
All 10 finalists receive a package of literary prizes and subscriptions from the New Zealand Book Council, New Zealand Society of Authors, Victoria University Press, New Zealand literary journals Sport and Landfall, and Booksellers New Zealand.
The other finalists are: Madeleine Ballard, Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland; Holly Brendling, Baradene College, Auckland; Bryony Campbell, Wellington East Girls' College; Timothy Fraser, Hutt International Boys' School, Upper Hutt; Didi Hughes, The Correspondence School, Tokomaru Bay; Philippa McMenamin, Villa Maria College, Christchurch; Isabelle McNeur, Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti, Christchurch; Abigal Mossman, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu - The Correspondence School, Fielding; and Ruby Solly, Western Heights High School, Rotorua.
The National Schools Poetry Award has been providing a forum for young writers since 2003. Read more about the Award.
14 August 2013
Ms Galloway is known as one of Britain's most versatile and gifted writers, celebrated for her novels, short fiction, memoirs, opera libretti and collaborative work with artists.
Her first novel, The Trick is to Keep Breathing, is widely regarded as a contemporary Scottish classic. She has received numerous international honours including the MIND Book of the Year, the Saltire Book of the Year Award, and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Most recently, the second volume of her 'anti-memoirs', All Made Up, was awarded Scottish Book of the Year.
'Janice Galloway’s memoirs and fiction are one-of-a-kind writing, triumphs of observation, humour and warm intelligence, which give a truly physical reading experience,' says Emily Perkins, a Senior Lecturer at the IIML.
'Her prose glows and crackles, telling stories with a fiery heart. She is a writer of great spirit—her books are playful, tough, and moving. We're delighted that Wellington audiences will have this opportunity to experience her work in person.'
Ms Galloway’s visit to Wellington is jointly funded by the IIML and the Melbourne Writers' Festival.
Writers on Mondays event details
When: Monday 19 August, 12.15–1.15pm
Venue: Te Marae, 4th Floor, Te Papa
This event is free and open to the public
Read or download the full Writers on Mondays programme.
24 July 2013
Graft by current PhD candidate Helen Heath won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book for Poetry while recent graduate Lawrence Patchett won the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book for Fiction with his short story collection, I Got His Blood on Me. Both debuts were published by Victoria University Press.
The judges commented that the overall quality of this year's Best First Books was so strong that many could easily have been finalists of the New Zealand Post Book Awards in their own right.
'Helen Heath is a candid poet, unflinching, both with what she sees close to her and in the mirror, but capable of great generosity too. Her mother is so beautifully evoked that we feel we know her. Some of the poems are so sad they ache. This is a brave, moving, revealing and assured collection.
'We congratulate Lawrence on his originality, his skills as a story teller, and the welcome audacity of a short story collection which ranges from playing with history, to magic realism, to a tougher kind of realism entirely: all of it somehow plausible. We can't wait to see what Lawrence Patchett does next.'
Quinn Berentson's book Moa: The life and death of New Zealand's legendary bird won the Non-Fiction Award.
The category finalists in the New Zealand Post Book Awards will be announced next week, and the winners will be revealed during a star-studded literary awards ceremony in Auckland on 28 August.
Read more on the Booksellers website.
24 July 2013
Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries (forthcoming from Victoria University Press) has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for 2013. At 27, she is the youngest writer on a list that includes well-established writers such as Colm Toibin, Jim Crace and Jhumpa Lahiri.
The Luminaries is set in Hokitika in the gold-rush years of the 1860s. Wide in scope with a large cast of characters, the novel stretches over 848 pages and is an astonishing feat of storytelling.
Fergus Barrowman, publisher at Victoria University Press said, 'I've been carrying The Luminaries like a big, golden secret for months. Readers are going to love it. I'm so happy for Ellie that she's received this international recognition so early in the book's public life.'
Catton completed the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria in 2007 and won that year's Adam Prize with her manuscript for The Rehearsal (Victoria University Press, NZ and Granta, UK). She was also the recipient of the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship which enabled her to attend the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop.
In 2009 The Rehearsal won the UK Society of Authors' Betty Trask Award worth £8,000 and was named best first book of fiction in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. It was also longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
Catton is our guest at Writers on Mondays on 5 August, speaking with VUP's Fergus Barrowman about 'the origins, mysteries and fates that led to this extraordinary new work.'
23 July 2013
All four novelists shortlisted for the 2013 NZ Post Book Awards Fiction category have studied creative writing at Victoria, as have two finalists in the Poetry category.
The 2013 Fiction finalists are Gigi Fenster (The Intentions Book), Kirsty Gunn (The Big Music), Anthony McCarton (In the Absence of Heroes), and Emily Perkins (The Forrests).
Sarah Jane Barnett (A Man Runs into a Woman) and Kate Camp (Snow White's Coffin) are among the Poetry finalists.
All six studied creative writing at Victoria; either at the International Institute of Modern Letters or in the English Department's Original Composition course, prior to the IIML's establishment. Emily Perkins co-convenes our MA Programme.
Three finalists, including Sarah Jane Barnett and Gigi Fenster, are first-time authors,which the judges described as 'an amazing achievement.' They also praised the courage and innovation of New Zealand's smaller publishers, such as Victoria University Press and Hue & Cry Press. Barnett's poetry collection was financed through crowd-funding website Pledge Me, with the money needed being raised in 24 hours. Gigi Fenster graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 2006 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing.
9 July 2013
A vast astrological murder mystery by rising star Eleanor Catton and the stories and award-winning 'anti-memoirs' of Scottish writer Janice Galloway headline the 2013 season of Writers on Mondays (15 July-30 September), the annual literary event series presented by Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML).
Wellington audiences will get a first look at The Luminaries, the extraordinary follow-up to Eleanor Catton's much-praised début The Rehearsal, before she flies off to launch the Granta edition in London. We are invited inside the moving but unsentimentally rendered childhood and adolescence of Janice Galloway in This is Not About Me and All Made Up (Scottish Book of the Year, 2012), and into the dark side of Scotland that's revealed in her short fiction.
The season starts on 15 July as we introduce Carl Shuker, winner of the 2006 Prize in Modern Letters, whose return to New Zealand to take up the 2013 Creative New Zealand/Victoria University Writer-in-Residence position coincided with the release of his latest book, Anti Lebanon, a cross-genre political thriller and horror novel set in the Arab Spring.
Next Kate Camp unpacks the suitcase of poems she brought home from her 2013 residency in Berlin; then two exciting new writers Emma Martin and Amy Head offer their take on the art of contemporary short fiction in conversation with Emily Perkins. We present some of the Best New Zealand Poems in our popular annual reading to mark National Poetry Day. Dave Armstrong guides us on an expedition into the blogosphere with Wellington bloggers Giovanni Tiso (Bat Bean Beam) and Danyl McLauchlan (The Dim-Post), who has recently taken the 'old school' route of publishing a novel, Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley.
In September the series looks to the New Zealand literature of the future with a tour of début poetry collections by three diverse new-generation poets – Ashleigh Young, Therese Lloyd and Amy Brown – and four samplers of work in progress from the current MA workshops of the IIML.
IIML Director Damien Wilkins says, 'The wonderful combination of new voices and established writers makes this series a brilliant fixture on the literary calendar.'
Writers on Mondays events run from 12.15-1.15pm at The Marae, Level 4, Te Papa except for:
Short Sharp Script 1 & 2: Circa Theatre, Mon 23 and 30 September, 12.15-1.15 pm
Admission is free, all are welcome.
Writers on Mondays is presented by Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and additional support from Circa Theatre. Janice Galloway's visit is jointly funded by the IIML and the Melbourne Writers' Festival.
For further information contact Chris Price, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel(04) 463 6854.
13 June 2013
Wellington writer Craig Cliff has been awarded the 2013 University of Iowa International Writing Program Residency, while novelist Kirsten McDougall has been awarded the 2013 Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary.
Both writers completed the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University; Craig in 2006 and Kirsten in 2004.
Craig plans to work on a second short story collection, 'about travel, transience and disastrous first dates', tentatively titled Offshore Service. Cliff's collection of short stories, A Man Melting, won Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. In 2012, he was a judge of the inaugural Commonwealth Short Story Prize and had stories translated into Spanish and German. He writes a column for the Dominion Post about his double life as a writer and public servant in Wellington. Craig Cliff's first novel, The Mannequin Makers, is due out in August 2013.
The annual University of Iowa residency is open to both emerging and established writers. A Creative New Zealand Arts Board grant goes towards airfares, accommodation and living expenses for the selected writer. The University of Iowa's International Writing Program brings together writers from around the world to join a lively literary community on campus.
Kirsten McDougall published her first novel, The Invisible Rider (Victoria University Press), to critical acclaim in 2012. Wellington-based Kirsten has also been published in Sport, Turbine and Big Weather: Poems of Wellington. She will use the bursary to complete a new novel called The Underground.
Published writers at an early stage of their career, who apply to the Arts Board for an arts grant in the March funding round, are automatically considered for this bursary. The bursary is partly funded by a donation from the estate of poet, writer, reviewer and broadcaster, Louis Johnson.
(from CNZ media release, 13 June.)
1 June 2013
Exhibition one in the Magic Playgrounds: Historical Images of New Zealand Childhoods series, The Natural Environment – Ko te Taiao opens at the Film Archive on 6 June.
PhD in Creative Writing graduate Tina Makereti has curated a series of three moving image exhibitions on the social history of childhood in Aotearoa / New Zealand. The first in the series, The Natural Environment – Ko te Taiao, explores the relationship between children and the natural environment. It features documentaries, television footage, home movies, feature films and rarely seen films from the early 1900s.
The exhibition will run from 7 June through 20 July 2013.
The second and third exhibitions in the Magic Playgrounds: Historical Images of New Zealand Childhoods series will open on 25 July and 12 September.
Tina Makereti is The Film Archive’s 2013 Curator-At-Large. She is a writer with a background in Social Anthropology and Māori Studies. Makereti has won several awards for her writing, including the Nga Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards Fiction Prize in 2011 for her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa (Huia Publishers, 2010) and the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (Non-Fiction) in 2009.
23 April 2013
Seresin Estate and Otago University Press are delighted to announce the winner of the 2013 Seresin Landfall Residency; writer Maxine Alterio.
Maxine plans to use the Residency to work on her second collection of short stories Stories Bodies Tell, which explores 'the physical betrayal of bodies, the ramifications of something lost, and the emotional consequences that arise, not just for the protagonists, but also for those connected to them.' The title story has already been anthologised in Best New Zealand Fiction 3 edited by Fiona Kidman (Random House, 2006).
Maxine Alterio's publications include: Live News and Other Stories (Steele Roberts, 2005), Ribbons of Grace (Penguin Books, 2007) and her most recent novel, Lives We Leave Behind (Penguin Books, 2012) written during the course of doing a PhD at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University. The PhD also included a study that focused on the memoirs of First World War nurses.
Reviewing in the Otago Daily Times, Willie Campbell described Lives We Leave Behind as ‘a finely crafted novel that gives a depth of insight into human needs and responses in times of crisis’. Alterio has also published a work of non-fiction Learning Through Storytelling in Higher Education: Using reflection and experience to improve learning (Kogan Press, UK, 2003).
'I'm very grateful to Seresin Estate and Landfall/Otago University Press for the opportunity to concentrate fully on this writing project' says Alterio. 'I envisage few distractions during my six weeks in this remote and beautiful part of the South Island … since land and seascapes often appear almost as characters in my work, I expect aspects of Waterfall Bay will find their way into my writing during my stay and possibly long after I leave.'
8 April 2013
The 2012 issue of Best New Zealand Poems (www.victoria.ac.nz/bestnzpoems) been published online, and takes readers on a journey from Turangi to Greece, via Buddhism, and back to Taranaki and Cathedral Square.
The editor is New Zealand's Poet Laureate Ian Wedde, the author of 14 poetry books, as well as several novels and essay collections.
Wedde says he was drawn to an enticing element in the poems he selected—their tendency to resist and thwart. 'I want poetry to do what other kinds of writing don't, or can't—I prefer subversion to propriety.'
Many of the poems in his selection are also energised by cross-cultural influences. Murray Edmond uses the Japanese 'tanka' form; C K Stead translates the Italian poet Eugenio Montale; Albert Wendt writes of a Hawaiian mountain; and Serbian-NZ poet Aleksandra Lane channels the spirit of the inventor Nikola Tesla in a series of 'found poems'.
Series editor, poet and Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters Senior Lecturer Chris Price says: 'Best New Zealand Poems reveals that our poets are as much at home in the world as the country they live in.'
A number of the poems are also available as audio recordings. Christchurch's Frankie McMillan, teacher of creative writing at the Christchurch Polytechnic and the Hagley Writers' Institute, is among a number of poets who can be heard reading their work on the site.
Best New Zealand Poems was first published online in 2001, and features a different editor each year. In 2011 Victoria University Press published The Best of the Best New Zealand Poems, a selection from the first 10 years of the collection in book form.
Best New Zealand Poems 2012 is published with the support of Creative New Zealand, and hosted by the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre at Victoria University.
6 April 2013
Philp Braithwaite (MA in Creative Writing, 2003) is the winner of Playmarket's 2013 Adam New Zealand Play Award, for his play The Mercy Clause. Philip is an award-winning playwright and theatre practitioner. Amongst his awards are the BBC World Service/British Council International Radio Playwriting Award 2001, the Sony Award for Radio Drama and the Massey University Cultural Award.
Hannah McKie (MA in Creative Writing, 2009 and current PhD in Creative Writing candidate) has won the Best Play by a Woman Playwright category for Mary Scott: Queen of the Backblocks. Her play will be put forward as the Play Press submission to the prestigious international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Established in 1978, the Blackburn Prize is given annually to recognise women who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre.
Both Philip and Hannah were members of the MA programme's scriptwriting stream, convened by Ken Duncum.
Now in its sixth year, the Adam NZ Play Award recognises and celebrates the best in new writing for theatre. The overal winner and runner up, and three special category winners were announced by Playmarket's Director Murray Lynch at an award ceremony at Circa Theatre on 6 April.
13 March 2013
Emily is in star-studded company, alongside Hilary Mantel and Barbara Kingsolver among others. Read the full longlist here.
The shortlist will be announced on 6 April, and the winner on 5 June.
12 March 2013
The Winter Anthology is a collection of contemporary literature informed by history and older art, 21st century science and philosophy, and the ending of print culture.
The 2012 Winter Anthology Contest, judged by Cole Swensen, was won by Steven Toussaint for selections from his long poem 'Fiddlehead': 'the sentient flies', 'and woke in a flood', and 'the sapphirous eye of transits'.
Steven, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Victoria's International Institute of Modern Letters.
8 March 2013
Playmarket's Adam NZ Play Award celebrates the best in new writing for theatre.
Hannah McKie, who holds an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria and is currently a PhD candidate in our creative writing programme, has been shortlisted for 'Mary Scott: Queen of the Backblocks', which she is writing as part of her PhD thesis. The play explores a boom time in New Zealand theatre written and produced by women – the heyday of the British Drama League's one-act play festivals. Four dedicated and determined teams of women from different parts of the country – playwrights, actors and directors – rehearse new New Zealand work in a race against time, budget, sexism, philistinism, the Second World War, inter- and intra-team rivalry and a general lack of conviction that anything happens in a New Zealand woman's life worth writing about – before coming head to head in the national final. Will Ngaio Marsh win the cash prize? Has Nola Millar lost her team's return train fare on a horse? Will backblocks writer Mary Scott's move into theatre (by putting her own life story on stage) be a success? Or are all these intrepid women dramatists fated to go unrecognised and unrewarded when the boys come marching home?
Poet, essayist and fiction writer Alice Miller, who holds an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria and an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, is shortlisted for her first play 'Native Affairs'. Set in Wellington in 1881, 'Native Affairs' is the story of newspaper proprietor and man-about-town Bryce Forster, whose bid to become the next Premier is stymied by his estranged wife, his own stubbornness and a new temptation who saunters into his life. Pretty, ambitious and with an eye for facts, Eliza also catches the eye of Forster's adopted son Will, who is convinced that his father's push for another military campaign against Maori will jeopardise his political career.
The full shortlist is here. The winner will be announced in early April, followed by a rehearsed reading of the winning play at Circa.