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

 

Review: “Salute” By Royal New Zealand Ballet In Wellington

The Royal New Zealand Ballet performed “Salute” for a final time in Wellington on Sunday night, and it was nothing short of spectacular. More>>

ALSO:

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news