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Nights with Frankenstein – juggling BA and family

Writing an internationally acclaimed essay on the feminist themes of gothic novel Frankenstein may not be typical of how mothers spend precious evenings when their youngsters are in bed. But for Helen Peters – Bachelor of Arts graduate and mother of four – immersing herself in writing about the social significance of a story about […]

Massey drama students explore free speech and control in play

The importance of speaking out and the pervasive effect of keeping silent transcends the ages in a play being staged in Palmerston North. Massey University students will tap into Greek mythology and the #metoo movement for their production, The Love of the Nightingale. The 1988 play by Timberlake Wertenbaker is based on the Greek myth of Philomele, who was raped […]

Summer Shakepeare brings ‘The Comedy of Errors’ to the Esplande, Palmerston North

Summer Shakespeare director Peter Hambleton has presented the Bard in Palmerston North before. In 2009 he directed Summer Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well on the car park in front of the Esplanade Scenic Railway station, incorporating the miniature trains as part of the action. For this year’s The Comedy of Errors, which opens in the Esplanade Rose Gardens on Thursday, Hambleton […]

Massey PhD student wins 2017 The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems

Janet Newman is the 2017 winner of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems, given by the International Writers Workshop, for her sequence Tender. The $1000 prize was judged by Auckland poet Robert Sullivan. Tender is a seven poem sequence about Janet’s father, Doug Newman (1919-2008). Janet, a runner-up in the prize in […]

Inmates explore morals in Greek theatre

Inmates performed an abridged version of an Ancient Greek play, using puppets. Is pride the ultimate crime? It is a big moral question that a group of inmates at Auckland Prison explored when they performed an Ancient Greek play using puppets, in a partnership between the prison and Massey University. The project involved seven inmates […]

Summer Scholarship Opportunity

If you plan on joining us for postgraduate study in 2018, check out this exciting opportunity! One lucky student will be awarded an 8-week Summer Scholarship, valued at $5000, to assist Dr Claire Henry with an exciting new research project. Contact Claire to apply: c.henry@massey.ac.nz. College of Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Scholarship 2017-2018  Information […]

Going places – women writers and wanderers

Author, editor, lecturer and traveller Dr Ingrid Horrocks has long been fascinated by women who travel and write, in past and modern times. Her new book, Women Wanderers and the Writing of Mobility, 1784-1814 (Cambridge University Press), was recently featured in the prestigious Times Literary Supplement. The book explores the perils and challenges faced by […]

Massey grad takes flight with first novel – Massey University

Her e-books for teens have already attracted over one million readers. She has huge international and local fan-bases. Now Massey University graduate Jessica Pawley has just signed off international screen adaptation rights for her just-published science fiction novel Air Born. Pawley (published as J L Pawley) recently launched her first book – about teens who suddenly […]

Becoming Penguin, a Performance Walk.

In your white shirts and black tails, in your navy-blue dresses or in wetsuits and flippers or anything ‘penguin’ from your wardrobe please come and join us on a waddle, a ‘becoming penguin’ performance walk. If you have nothing penguin in your wardrobe, come with a penguin state of mind and we will supply you […]

Still Waving: New Voices Climate Action Creative Writing Competition

Write, inspire and win! As part of our Climate Change Theatre Action 2017 event, ‘Still Waving,’ the Massey University School of English & Media Studies and Pukeahu ki Tua: Think Differently Wellington are proud to announce a climate action creative writing competition for new and emerging writers. Prizes: 1st place – $300 2nd place – […]

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