I've just returned from a whirlwind trip to Hamilton! My short story The Nor'Wester was highly commended for the 2019 Sargeson Prize. I thought going up for the prize-giving might be a bit over-the-top ... until my husband pointed out that I could consider myself in the 2019 'All Blacks of short story writing' squad. Well, that justified a trip to The Tron!
I also thought it would be a great opportunity to meet other writers - and it was. I had a wonderful time meeting writers from both the open and the secondary schools divisions. I also got to meet literary genius Catherine Chidgey who was so lovely and kind to us all.
The prize-giving was held after the Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture. Dylan Horrocks gave an amusing and inspirational lecture about the history of comics in Aotearoa, and treated us to a slide-show packed with glorious images.
A huge thank you to Catherine Chidgey, the University of Waikato and everyone who administered the competition (and read the 800 entries!). And of course massive congratulations to the winners - I'm looking forward to reading your stories in the upcoming editions of Landfall and Mayhem. Also, a shout-out to the University of Waikato librarians who helped us out with some emergency life admin. Librarians rock!
My short fiction has been published in Headland, Hue and Cry, Pot Roast and Aerodrome. I'm an award-winning playwright and zine creator, and my play Indiscretions was published by Playmarket. I have contributed articles and creative non-fiction to The Spinoff, The Sunday Star Times, The NZ Herald and more. I also manage the social media for my cat Bruce, and I wrote and illustrated a children's book, Bruce Finds A Home, based on his exploits.