Paul McGuigan

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.

Colin Basterfield

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

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

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

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.

Celia Coyne

Celia Coyne  is a freelance writer and editor living in Christchurch. She attended Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2012 and 2013, graduating with honours in both years. Since then, she has continued to pursue her creative writing. Her work has appeared in The PressTakahePenduline and Flash Frontier as well as Fusion, an anthology of speculative and fantasy fiction, and Sweet As: Contemporary Short Stories by New Zealanders.