Bruce Morrison lives in Christchurch and counts writing and reading among his favourite ‘ings. “If it wasn’t for the support and encouragement of the Hagley Writers’ Institute, I probably wouldn’t write much at all”
Nathan Bennett lives in Christchurch where he graduated from the Hagley Writer’s Institute in 2010. He has recently had short fiction published in Landfall, Takahe, and JAAM and currently has four novels on the go.
Marisa Cappetta graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2011. Her poetry has been published in Landfall, Takahe, Snorkel, Turbine, Black Mail Press, Interlit Q, Shot Glass Journal, The Press and several anthologies. In 2013 she received a mentorship from the New Zealand Society of Authors.
Kerrin P. Sharpe completed Bill Manhire’s Original Composition class at Victoria University of Wellington in 1976. Over the last two years she has been published widely, including in Best New Zealand Poems 08,09 and 2010, Turbine 07, 09 and 10, Snorkel, Bravado, Takahe, NZ Listener, Poetry NZ, Junctures, Sport and The Press. In 2008, she was awarded the New Zealand Post Creative Writing Teacher’s Award by the International Institute of Modern Letters. Her first collection of poems Three Days in a Wishing Well was published by Victoria University Press in September, 2012. She has had poems in the Best of the Best NZ Poems and was selected for Oxford Poets 2013: An Anthology. Kerrin is a tutor at the Hagley Writers’ Institute and her second collection of poetry, There’s a Medical Term for This, was published by VUP in 2014
Victoria Broome is a social worker and mental health counsellor with Pegasus Health. She has been published in various NZ journals and anthologies and in 2 books with the Poetry Chooks; The Chook Book and Flap. She was awarded the Louis Johnson Bursary in 2005 from Creative NZ, was second equal in the Kathleen Grattan Award in 2010, a past editor of Takahe magazine and was an inaugural Hagley Writers’ Institute student in 2008 and 2009.
Linda King is someone who has come late to writing, at fifty years plus, a true novice. Until the CPIT part time creative writing courses (2010), she had not written since junior high school in Sydney. After completing three terms at CPIT with Frankie and Kerrin, Linda was encouraged to apply for the Hagley Writers’ course. Two years at Hagley enduring aftershocks and long hours at work as an assistant principal at a special school, produced a series of children’s short stories (2011) and the beginnings of an historical novel (2012). The piece featured is from chapter two of ‘Stebonheath’, based on a true story of the immigration of Sarah Plummer from England to Australia in 1857
Bernadette Hall is an award-winning poet who lives in North Canterbury. Her many books include The Merino Princess: Selected Poems (2004), and most recently The Lustre Jug (2009), The Judas Tree: Poems by Lorna Stavely Anker (2013) and Life & Customs (2013). In 2004 she visited Antarctica as a guest of Antarctic New Zealand; in 2006 she was Victoria University of Wellington’s Writer in Residence; and in 2007 she held the Rathcoola Residency in County Cork, Ireland. She was instrumental is setting up the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2008 and tutored there until 2010. She is now the Patron of the Hagley Writers’ Institute and guest editored the first edition of the on-line journal, The Quick Brown Dog.
Melanie Dixon has recently finished her second year at Hagley Writers’ Institute and has had work published for both adults and children . She was short-listed for the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire prize for creative science writing 2012 and also for the Christine Cole Catley short story competition 2013. She is currently working on her first children’s novel.
Leslie Mckay is a poet, story and song writer. She has read her work at Canterbury Public Library, the Wunderbar, the Bird Hall at Canterbury Museum and at the Pallet Pavilion. She runs poetry workshops for community groups and is collaborating with Lisa Tui on songs for an EP about pre and post quake Christchurch. She lives in the Maruia Valley.
Jeni Curtis is a teacher and writer from Christchurch. She has a keen interest in Victorian literature and history. She is a member of the Christchurch branch of the International Dickens Fellowship, and editor of their magazine, Dickens Down Under.She completed the two year course at Hagley Writers’ Institute, 2011-2012. She has published poems, short prose pieces and short stories in various publications including the Christchurch Press, Takehe, JAAM, the Quick Brown Dog, NZPS anthology 2014, and 4th Floor. She is secretary of the Christchurch Poets’ Collective.