Alice Miller, who is a poet, fiction writer, essayist and playwright, has been awarded the Summer Residency 2014 to work on her new novel called The Tower. It is about “poetry, beauty and the occult”, interweaving two stories, one about a contemporary New Zealand would-be opera writer and the other about ‘George’ Yeats, the wife of W.B. Yeats.
Miller’s poetry collection, The Limits, will be published in March 2014 in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Since 2008 she has received the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Premier Award for short fiction, the Landfallessay prize, and the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize. She attended the International Institute of Modern Letters in Wellington and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Glenn Schaeffer Fellow. She was a visiting writer in Antarctica in 2011. In 2012, her first play, Native Affairs, was workshopped and performed as part of Auckland Theatre Company’s Next Stage programme.
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