Karen Duncan is a Christchurch writer. She is a graduate of Canterbury University with a major in English Literature, has a Diploma in Theatre studies from The Hagley Theatre Company and graduated Cum Laude from The Hagley Writers’ Institute. She has had short stories published by Takehe, Hecate, an Australian literary magazine, and poetry published in The Press.
A.F. Tyson lives in Christchurch. She has been published in Takahe, Snorkel and The Press. She is currently working on a novel.
Pat Deavoll is a recent convert to fiction. She is a trained journalist and the author of an autobiography (Wind from a Distant Summit;2011;Craig Potton Publishing). She is currently working on a novel which she would like to finish in 2014.
Paul McGuigan graduated from the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2011 and was awarded the Margaret Mahy Prize for Year 2. He is a regular reader at Canterbury poetry events since 2010 and his interests are sailing, cooking, mountains, books and people.
Vivienne Hussey, originally from the UK, takes inspiration for her writing by living on Banks Peninsula, and is currently working on a collection of poems and short stories.
Nod Ghosh completed year one of HWI in 2012. Nod has had work published in Takahe, Penduline, Christchurch Press and Flash Frontier.
Colin Basterfield graduated from The Hagley Writer’s Institute in 2011 with a stage play, poetry and short stories. He moved to Wellington in 2012, to continue his education in creative writing at Victoria University and Wellington High School, as well as improvisation with the Wellington Improvisation Troupe, and Open Mic poetry around town. He also has co-writing credits with the 48 Hour filmmaking team, Christchurch On Air. He’s since moved to Auckland, has recently completed a fresh poetry course, performed and currently waiting for a place on the Masters of Creative Writing 2015 at Auckland University.
Gayle Cook is a software developer by trade, a thinker by nature, a creative science writer by nurture and a melanoma survivor. She strives to write quirky stories about serious environmental topics, and her friends describe her writing voice as thoughtful with an ironic undertone.
The Royal Society of NZ short-listed her Being Blue story for the 2011 Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing. The Christchurch Press published her story about the Lyttelton Marina disaster, Boating NZ Magazine a non-fiction sailing article and the NZ Poetry Society, her haiku about the Christchurch earthquakes.
Frankie McMillan is an award winning fiction writer and poet. Her publications include ‘The Bag Lady’s Picnic and other stories’ and a collection of poetry, ‘Dressing for the Cannibals’. Recent short stories have been selected for Best New Zealand Fiction, Vintage, 2008 and 2009. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the International institute of Modern Letters and a Certificate in Adult Teaching. In 2005 she was the recipient of the CNZ Todd Bursary. She is currently writing a second collection of short stories which will be published in 2015. She was the winner of the 2013 National Flash Fiction competition. Frankie was the co-recipient of the 2014 Ursula Bethall Residency at the University of Canterbury and an enthusiastic tutor with over ten years of teaching experience at the Hagley Writers’ Institute.
Gail Ingram attended the Hagley Writers’ Institute in its inaugural years, 2008-9 and writes poetry and fiction, which have appeared in NZ Poetry Society Anthologies, Fineline, The Climber, Takahe, Penduline Press, Poetry NZ and Cordite. She has been placed in several short story competitions including the 2010 NZSA one-day and 2013 Takahe short story competitions and 2013 BNZ literary flash-fiction. Currently she is President for the South Island Writer’s Association.