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Afternoon reading with Majella Cullinane, Fiona Sussman and Tulia Thompson

December 9, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Kenneth Merrick, Towards the Singularity (2013), Ink on salvaged canvas.

Join our writer in residence Majella Cullinane and two of her fellow writers Fiona Sussman and Tulia Thompson for an hour of stories and poetry well placed within our new exhibition Notes towards a Speculative Fiction.

Majella Cullinane is a PhD candidate in Creative Practice at the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at Otago University.  She published her first poetry collection Guarding the Flame in 2011, and was awarded the 2014 Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. Her second poetry collection will be published by Salmon Poetry, Ireland and Otago University in 2018. Her first novel, The Life of De’Ath, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Dundee International Book Prize, will also be published next year.  She recently won the 2017 Caselburg Trust International Poetry Prize.

Majella will read a short story and poetry.

Fiona Sussman, a former GP, hung up her stethoscope fourteen years ago to write full-time. Her first novel Shifting Colours was named an Amazon Rising Star for 2014, and listed in Sainsbury’s Best Debut Novel Collection. The Last Time We Spoke won the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award.  Fiona also writes short stories. A number have been broadcast on radio, and her writing has had success in local and international writing competitions. She divides her time between writing, mentoring creative writing students, and acting as a director for the Auckland Charity Hospital she and her husband established.

Fiona will read an extract from her novel The Last Time We Spoke. 

Tulia Thompson is of Fijian, Tongan and Pakeha descent. She has a PhD in Sociology and a Masters in Creative Writing (Hons) from the University of Auckland. Her fiction and poetry is published in Niu Voices: Contemporary Pacific Fiction 1, OverlandBlackmail Press and JAAMJosefa and the Vu, a fantasy adventure for 8-12 year-olds, was published by Huia in 2007.

Tulia will read poetry, and an extract from an essay.



December 9, 2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough
Auckland, 1042 New Zealand
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