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Nathan Joe

Nathan Joe is a performance poet, playwright and theatre critic based in Christchurch. He was the 2019 Otago Poetry Slam Champion and placed third at the 2019 New Zealand National Slam Finals and is now the 2020 National Slam champion!  He is the most recent Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury.


Nod Ghosh

Nod Ghosh is a graduate of the Hagley Writers' Institute, with an interest in flash
fiction. Nod's publications include:

The Crazed Wind, a novella-in flash from Truth Serum Press, 2018

Filthy Sucre, three novellae-in-flash from Truth Serum Press, 2020

and a forthcoming novel, Paper Prison, publishes with Quentin Wilson
publishing, 2022.


Desna Wallace

Desna Wallace is a librarian, blogger, book reviewer and writer. She is fascinated by verse novels as a way to explore story through poetry. 

Read Desna's article about verse novels on The Sapling here:

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Heather McQuillan

Heather McQuillan writes novels for young readers as well as flash fiction.  She is the recipient of three Storylines Notable Books Awards, winner of numerous flash fiction awards and still struggles with poems that want to be stories! Heather loves working with young writers and is the director of Write On.


Gillian St Kevern

Gillian realised she wanted to be an author when, as a teenager, she got annoyed that the characters in the books she read didn't do what she wanted. Now she's a writer, they still don't. Gillian writes a variety of genres, ranging from short and silly contemporary romance, to urban fantasy and historical mystery. Her current project is a series  of gothic romances inspired by the works of M R James, J S Le Fanu and the Brontë sisters. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance Writers.

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Gail Ingram 

Gail Ingram is the author of Contents Under Pressure (Pūkeko Publications 2019) and writer of poetry and short fiction, which has been published widely. She has won or been placed in several international awards for her writing, including the Caselberg International Poetry Prize (2019) and Poets Meet Politics International Poetry Award (2018). She is a poetry editor for takahē and a short-fiction editor for Flash Frontier.  @seventhletternz  gail_ingram_poet


James Norcliffe

James Norcliffe has written too many books and poetry collections to list here. His workshops for Write On are always a joy—full of quirky and unexpected!

We are thrilled that James is returning to Summer School once again.

Melanie Dixon

Melanie Dixon writes short stories, flash fiction, novels for children, poetry and creative non-fiction. Her work has been published and anthologised internationally and she has been placed in many competitions including The Guardian Young Travel Writer of the Year Competition, National Flash Fiction Day Competition, and The Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Award for Creative Science Writing. She has recently completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Auckland University. When she's not writing, you can find Melanie in the great outdoors looking for her next adventure.