Thursday, February 14, 2013

IIML Newsletter

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IIML NEWSLETTER - 14 February 2013
This is the 189th in a series of occasional newsletters from the Interntaional Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University.

1. The missing satchel
Professor Bill Manhire retired on Friday 1 February. After nearly 40 years of employment at VUW, our esteemed friend and the IIML’s founding Director entered his new life with a spring in his step. At drinks last Friday he reached down to pick up his trusty brown academic satchel only to remember it was at home.  Free!
Bill can still be found here.

2. Centrally located
Our new staff member Emily Perkins is now living six minutes walk from work! Emily will be teaching the MA fiction workshop. Before that, she will be appearing at the Adelaide Writers Festival. Emily has also written the introduction to Katherine Mansfield’s Selected Stories (Text Classics).

3. Anti Writing Fellow
Carl Shuker, our new Writing Fellow, is moving in, and his new novel Anti-Lebanon is ready to go. Look out for launch details soon.

4. Short Fiction/Old Hands
As Kate Duignan shifts to life as a PhD student, we’d like to thank her warmly for her wonderful teaching over the past three years in the Short Fiction programme. We’re also delighted to welcome William Brandt. William taught the course from 2004-2006. In 2009 he returned from four years in Mexico.

5. Road Trip
Pip Adam, Kirsten McDougall and Ashleigh Young take their work to the provinces next month. With support from Creative New Zealand, the three first-time authors will be teaming up with local writers in places such as Masterton, Palmerston North, Napier, Whanganui, and Paekakariki, visiting bookstores, galleries, and public libraries.

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