Dorothy Howie is a New Zealander who is a visiting writer staying at the Centre for the first time. She shares her time between her family home at Carey’s Bay, Dunedin, and Auckland, where she is a researcher in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. She is the author of a number of books and articles on the teaching of thinking, including her 2011 book ‘Teaching Students Thinking Skills and Strategies: A Framework for Cognitive Education in Inclusive Settings’.
In 2014 she published her first book of poems, ‘Twin Threads’, in memory of her twin sister, who took her own life on Anzac Day 2012. She has just submitted for possible publication a second collection to be called ‘Threading In Between’. It includes a number of poems already published individually in New Zealand journals such as Poetry New Zealand.
While staying at the Michael King Writers’ Centre she is bringing together a new collection of poems to be called ‘Golden Threads’, with the support of a small grant from Creative New Zealand. It includes poems written about the family of her Great-grandfather, Henry Corin, who was involved as a miner and builder in the Thames goldfields.