Majella Cullinane

Originally from Ireland, I have lived in New Zealand since 2008 and write fiction, poetry and essays. My debut novel 'The Life of De’Ath' was longlisted for the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Fiction. My second poetry collection 'Whisper of a Crow’s Wing' was published by Otago University Press and Salmon Poetry, Ireland in 2018. It was selected as The New Zealand Listener’s 'Ten Best Poetry Books of 2018.' I have published short stories and essays in New Zealand, Ireland, and the UK. I completed my PhD in Creative Practice at Otago University in 2019. In 2020, I received a New Zealand Copyright Licensing Trust Award to complete a writing project entitled 'Meantime,' which comprises of essays and poetry, and reflects on the loss of my mother to dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by a 2021 Creative NZ Arts grant, I recently completed my third poetry collection 'Something to Say You Were Here,' which will be published in 2023. I live with my partner Andrew and our son Robbie in Port Chalmers, Dunedin. 


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