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Takaka Library: Author Talk - Fire And The Blank Page

Friday 20th September 2019

Frankie McMillan is an award winning poet and short fiction writer. She will talk about how she became a writer, the short-short form (otherwise known as flash fiction) and writing tips for those who are keen to take their writing to the next level.

Her new book, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions was launched by Canterbury University Press last month. She has published five books including My Mother and the Hungarians and other small fictions, long listed for the 2017 NZ Ockham awards and in 2018 co-edited Bonsai best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Frankie McMillan has won a number of awards and in 2014 held the Ursula Bethell writing residency at Canterbury University and in 2017 the University of Auckland/Michael King writing residency. Currently McMillan holds the Peter and Diane Beatson Fellowship for a novella based around the lives of children and workers in a children’s home set in 1950s New Zealand.

Frankie teaches part time at the Hagley Writers’ Institute in Christchurch but escapes to Golden Bay whenever she can.

Koha appreciated. All welcome.



September 20, 2019




Golden Bay / Abel Tasman


Takaka Memorial Library
3 Junction Street, Takaka 7142

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Ph. 03 525 0059

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