Writers on Mondays

From 2002 to 2019,  the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), home of Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington's renowned creative writing programme, held an annual series of events between mid-July and October, highlighting writers active in and around Wellington, as well as guests from overseas.

COVID restrictions curtailed the programme in 2020 and 2021, but we continued to hold our student reading and performance events.

2022 special events

The full programme remains in hiatus this year. Once again we will hold the Short Sharp Script and Next Page sessions featuring new work-in-progress by our current MA students. These sessions will not necessarily be on Mondays!

Short Sharp Script sessions at Circa Theatre

Monday 12 and Monday 19 September 12.15pm - 1.15pm. 
Free and open to the public.

Over two lunchtime sessions, actors will perform dynamic new work by 2022 MA scriptwriting students, introduced by Michael Hirschfeld Director of Scriptwriting Ken Duncum.

Monday 12:
Readings of work by Alex Backhouse, Delaney Klever, Teherenui Koteka, Kyan Krumdieck and Gin Mabey.

Performed by: Harriet Prebble, Grace Hoet, Simon Leary, Gavin Rutherford, Eteuati Ete.

Director: Lori Leigh.

Monday 19:
Readings of work by Indigo Paul,  Marshall Rankin, Tunui Wano, Amy Wright and Ella Yiannett.

Performed by: Harriet Prebble, Grace Hoet, Simon Leary, and Gavin Rutherford.

Directors: Lori Leigh and Gavin Rutherford.

The Next Page readings at Vic Books

Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 September on Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington's Kelburn campus.

5.30 - 7.30pm

Hear new work in progress from 2022 MA Page students.

These readings are open to the public but numbers are limited. If you would like to attend, please rsvp as soon as possible to katie.hardwick-smith@vuw.ac.nz .

Wednesday 28:
Readings by Mel Johnston, Nafanua Kersel, Claire Gray, Jillian Starr, Zita Featherstone, Sean Molloy, Daniela Dragas, Jenny Nimon, David Vass, Judith Stanley, Natasha Lampard, William Pigott, Penny Pickard, Kahu Kutia, and Jackie Lee Morrison.

Thursday 29:

Readings by Jenny Trevelyan, Amber Esau, Shanna Fa'aita, romesh dissanayake, Amy Marguerite, Mel Cleary, Marlon Moala-Knox, Leslie Tergas, Christy Menzies, Graeme Aitken, Roisin Warner, Tim Hennessy, Emma Robinson, Olive Nuttall, and Ariana Tikao.

Download a flyer for the Next Page readings (126KB pdf), but note the actual finishing time is 7.30pm .

You can read about or download previous years' Writers on Mondays programmes below.

Writers on Mondays is presented with the support of:

Previous writers on Mondays programmes