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Visiting Author: Judith White

By November 25, 2014No Comments


Judith White in gardenA few years ago, I was invited to the West meets East session at the Christchurch Writers Festival. I spoke in tandem with an interpreter  who had translated my speech  into Mandarin. It is my great pleasure that the wheels have turned to take me to Taiwan, where once again, West meets East.


JUDITH WHITE is the author of two novels – The Elusive Language of Ducks (Random House NZ 2013; Oneworld Publications UK 2014, and, soon, the China Times Publishing Company 2015); and Across the Dreaming Night (Random House NZ 2000 – and a collection of short stories, Visiting Ghosts (Hodder and Stoughton 1991, and Tangerine Publications 2013). Across the Dreaming Night and Visiting Ghosts were both short-listed for the NZ Book Awards. She received Creative New Zealand grants for the writing of all of these books.

The Elusive Language of Ducks as well as many of her short stories have been broadcast on  radio by Radio New Zealand. She is widely published in anthologies.

She was the winner of the 1988 BNZ Katherine Mansfield Centenary Award; twice winner of the Auckland Star short story competition in 1987 & 1990;  placed 3rd in the Sunday Star Times short story competition in 2009; and was awarded the Frank Sargeson Fellowship in 1995.

She has been teaching creative writing courses for over two decades, and has worked as a one-on-one mentor for the AUT Creative Writing Masters (MCW) programme, and for the NZSA mentorship scheme.

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The Elusive Language of Ducks will be published by China Times mid to late January 2015.

Contact: Carol Chou