Kate Duignan

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Kate Duignan is a New Zealand novelist, short-story writer, reviewer and teacher.


Kate Duignan
NationalityNew Zealand
Alma materVictoria University Wellington


Kate Duignan was born in Wellington, New Zealand. She grew up in Wellington and London. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University of Wellington in 2000, and a PhD in Creative Writing, also from VUW, in 2017. The critical component of her PhD explored narration in Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Duignan now lives in Wellington with her partner and three children, and in 2018 is teaching fiction at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University.


Kate Duignan's debut novel Breakwater[1] was published by Victoria University Press in 2001. Breakwater was reissued as part of the VUP Classics series in 2018. Her second novel, The New Ships[2] was published in 2018. Duignan has published short fiction and poetry in Sport, Landfall and takahē.

Duignan reviews for Landfall[3] and New Zealand Books[4].

Fellowships and Awards[edit]

The New Ships was long listed for the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize[5] in the 2019 Ockham Awards.

Duignan was awarded the Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary in 2002. She held the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago in 2004. She was the Massey University Writer in Residence in 2006.

References and links[edit]

  1. ^ "Breakwater (VUP Classic)". Victoria University Press. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  2. ^ "The New Ships". Victoria University Press. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  3. ^ "With Whom Should We Quarrel If We Disagree?". Landfall Review Online. 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  4. ^ "Writing in circles, Kate Duignan". New Zealand Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa. 2018-09-11. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  5. ^ "2019 Ockham NZ Book Awards :: Acorn Foundation". www.acornfoundation.org.nz. Retrieved 2019-02-23.