Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Eleanor Catton’s creative writing students celebrate win

October 16, 2013


Eleanor Catton’s creative writing students celebrate her Man Booker Prize win


A huge roar of delight echoed through the corridors of Manukau Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Creative Arts in Auckland, New Zealand this morning.

Eleanor Catton (28) is the youngest ever recipient of the Man Booker Prize and teaches creative writing to 30 Bachelor of Creative Arts students at the Institute.

Her class had gathered to watch a live stream of the Man Booker Awards ceremony. All were quietly hopeful that their teacher would take home one of the world’s most significant literary prizes.

“We all just lost it when Eleanor was announced as the winner,” says Kirsti Whalen (24), one of Catton’s creative writing students.

“It’s surreal - seeing her achieve such incredible global success gives me hope for the future. We’re just so proud of what she’s achieved.”

Whalen says Catton has been much more than simply a teacher to her class.

“She’s a mentor, and she’s one of us. Ellie’s win means that New Zealand’s voice is being noticed and heard on the global contemporary literary scene. She’s shown that as a people, we’ve got stories that are worth telling, worth listening to. Winning something like the Man Booker is an incredible, inspirational achievement.”

Ms Catton teaches both programmes in partnership with some of New Zealand’s most accomplished writers, including Professor Witi Ihimaera, Professor Albert Wendt, Robert Sullivan, Sue Orr, and Anne Kennedy.

Having been taught by Catton this year, Whalen says the greatest thing learnt from the Man Booker Prize winner is to not be afraid of failing.


“Ellie’s shown me that success is hard work and not just about the writing but also being a present member of the literary world, reading widely and exploring what it means to be a working writer.”


Whelan says she’s very proud to be studying at Manukau Institute of Technology.


“We’re learning from some of New Zealand leading writers and the Faculty of Creative Arts is a great space for growth and development,” she says.


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Tauranga Books Festival

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-theme morning tea. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news