In an unexpectedly brilliant end to the year I've won the 2015 Headland Prize for my short story Frangipani. This comes hot on the heels of my story Flotsam and Jetsam receiving highest honours in the NZ Writers' College Short Story Competition, so I am a very pleased writer indeed.
I haven't done much creative work over the past six weeks as I've been caring for my rescue kitten Bruce, so it's great to feel re-energised about my writing just as he's becoming independent. And summer's here! I hope you have a great one.
2023 Burns fellow Kathryn van Beek has an MA from Victoria University Wellington - Te Herenga Waka’s International Institute of Modern Letters. She is a winner of the Mindfood Short Story Competition and the Headland Prize. Her collection of short stories, Pet, is available as a podcast, and her work has also appeared in Overland, takahē, Newsroom, and the Sunday Star-Times. She lives in UNESCO City of Literature Ōtepoti Dunedin with her two rescue cats.