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Spotlight on Tutor Staff Research

In this post we focus on some of the 2016 successes of our brilliant tutors. Our English and Media Studies tutors have been especially active in the creative areas.

Bronwyn Lloyd participated in the Conference Influence and Confluence in the Short Story: East and West at East China Normal University, Shanghai (13-16 July, 2016). Bronwyn was part of a panel discussion on “Voice in the New Zealand Short Story” with fellow writers Tracey Slaughter, Jack Ross, Frankie MacMillan and Leanne Radjokovich. She was a panellist in a plenary session discussing the question, “Who Owns the Text – The Writer or the Scholar?” with a group of international academics and writers. Bronwyn also read several of her short stories, including the two published in the conference anthology from her nearly completed collection of autofiction, “A Slow Alphabet”: “I for Indifference” and “H for Habit”.

A link to Jack Ross’s blogpost about their trip to Shanghai can be found here: http://mairangibay.blogspot.co.nz/2016/07/jack-bronwyns-shanghai-adventure.html

Tim Upperton
’s poetry book was a finalist in the Ockham NZ Book Awards:




Tim also published poems in Sport 44 (Victoria University Press) http://vup.victoria.ac.nz/sport-44-new-zealand-new-writing-2016/ and New Zealand Books, Autumn 2016 http://nzbooks.org.nz/2016/contents/issue-113-autumn-2016/ as well as in the Annual (Gecko Press) for children, http://www.annualannual.com/#/new-page-5/ and a number of reviews and articles: Metro, NZ Listener, The Spinoff, Radio NZ National.

Sarah Laing
published a graphic memory and an anthology:


Mansfield and Me: A Graphic Memoir http://vup.victoria.ac.nz/mansfield-and-me-a-graphic-memoir/http://vup.victoria.ac.nz/mansfield-and-me-a-graphic-memoir/

Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women’s Comics http://www.beatnikshop.com/products/three-words








Matthew Harris’s most recent film MADAM BLACK has screened at over 100 festivals and won 30 awards to date, including the Prix du Public at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival – FRA (2016), Best Short at Cannes Cinéma des Antipodes – FRA (2016), Directors Choice at the Rhode Island Film Festival – USA (2015), as well as Audience Awards at São Paulo International Short Film Festival – Brazil (2016), Leeds International Film Festival – UK (2015), Cleveland International Film Festival (2016), and the NZ International Film Festival (2015).



Fiona Shearer published a book chapter and co-authored an article:

Shearer, F. (2016). Snapshot – Literacy Aotearoa: Combining formal and informal public relations methods. In J. Johnston, Public relations and the public interest.  New York: Routledge.

And co-authored piece on Puke Ahu Project forthcoming –

Peace, R. & Shearer, F. (forthcoming) Puke Ahu: Articulating a place-based, university campus identity. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences


Tim Corballis, amongst other things, published a number of book chapters, had a collaborative video artwork shown at the 5th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition 2016, and published half a dozen reviews for www.circuit.org.nz/blog.

Corballis, T. (2016). Confronted Worlds: Collaboration as the Gap between Art and Literature. In Sondra Bacharach, Siv B. Fjærestad & Jeremy Neil Booth (Eds.). Collaboration in the Twenty-First Century. Milton Park, Abingdon: Routledge.

Corballis, T. (2016). There is No Up, There is No Down. In Ingrid Horrocks & Cherie Lacey (Eds.). Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays from Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellington: Victoria University Press.

Corballis, T. (2016). Letters from Reality: The Art of Gregory O’Brien. Art New Zealand, 158, 82-85.

Corballis, T., Machine Wind, video artwork, Negative Horizon—the 5th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition 2016, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei 2016 (with Fiona Amundsen)

2 Readings/panel discussions, Ruapehu Writers’ Festival, Ohakune, 2016

Reading with video accompaniment, LitCrawl, Potocki Paterson Gallery, 2016


And there’s a lot going on we don’t list here. It’s been a good year (in some ways at least).


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