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.