Ursula Bethell Residency in Creative Writing

Supported by funding from Creative New Zealand

About Ursula Bethell

Ursula Bethell
Ursula Mary Bethell (1874–1945) was a Surrey-born, Christchurch-based poet and artist. Ursula spent many of her days travelling between the two locations before settling down in Rise Cottage on the Cashmere Hills. Bethell's early works were published under the pseudonym Evelyn Hayes. The first of Bethell's collections, From a Garden in the Antipodes , is her best-known work, but Time and Place (Caxton, 1936) was her most valued: a compilation of poetry in memory of Bethell's close friend Effie Pollen. Ursula Bethell, recognised as one of the pioneers of modern New Zealand poetry, passed away in Christchurch on the 15th January 1945 at age 71.

History of the Residency

The Ursula Bethell Residency in Creative Writing, jointly funded by the University of Canterbury College of Arts and Creative New Zealand, was established by the University of Canterbury in 1979 to provide support for New Zealand writers and foster New Zealand writing. The Residency allows authors of proven merit in all areas of literary and creative activity an opportunity to work on an approved project within an academic environment. Since its inception the University has been home to 40 fiction-writers, poets and dramatists, a number of whom have made a valuable contribution to the development of young writers studying at the University. We have also had the opportunity to celebrate the successes of our Residents throughout the years, one of the most memorable being Keri Hulme's Booker Prize in 1985.

Current Writers in Residence

The 2019 Writers in Residence are Lawrence Patchett and Alison Glenny.

Lawrence Patchett is a Pākehā writer of fiction. Raised near the Waikirikiri/ Selwyn River in Canterbury, he studied English at the University of Canterbury during his BA (Hons), so it's a thrill to return to the university as one of the Ursula Bethell Writers in Residence. During the residency he will be working on the early stages of a novel exploring the involvement of his ancestors in armed conflict over land in Aotearoa New Zealand. Lawrence's first book, I Got His Blood On Me: Frontier Tales, was awarded the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction. He was co-winner of The Long and Short of It Short Story Competition, and was a recipient of the Todd New Writer's Bursary. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria, and a Diploma in Te Ara Reo Māori from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. His most recent book, The Burning River, will be published by Victoria University Press in October 2019.

Lawrence Patchett

Writer in Residence

Like fellow 2019 resident Laurence Patchett, Alison Glenny comes to Canterbury from the Kāpiti Coast. Her first book, the Antarctic-themed collection The Farewell Tourist (OUP 2018) won the 2017 Kathleen Gratton Poetry Award and was long-listed for an Ockham New Zealand book award. Alison has an Honours degree in English and Masters in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies from UC. During her residency she will work on a project inspired by the experiences of Edwardian female alpinists in Tiritiri-o-te-moana (the Southern Alps). The project draws on ecopoetics and criticism and feminist and queer history.

Alison Glenny

Writer in Residence
Internal Phone: 91126

Postal address for the Ursula Bethell Writers in residence:
English Programme
School of Humanities
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch, New Zealand

Former Writers in Residence:

Albert Belz (2018)
Lynley Edmeades (2018)
Karen Healey (2017)
John Newton (2017)
David Howard (2016)
Philip Braithwaite (2016)
Nick Gibb (2015)
Coral Atkinson (2015)
Vivienne Plumb (2014)
Frankie McMillan (2014)
John Pule (2013)
Geoff Chapple(2013)
Helen Lowe (2012)
David Eggleton (2012)
Eleanor Catton (2011)
Graeme Tetley (2011)
Tusiata Avia (2010)
Victor Rodger (2009)
Rachael King (2008)
Philip Norman (2007)
Carl Nixon (2006)
Charlotte Randall (2005)
Graham Lindsay (2004)
Catherine Chidgey(2003)
Gavin Bishop (2003)
Apirana Taylor (2002)
James Brown (2001)
Stuart Hoar (2000)
Norman Bilbrough (1999)
Alan Brunton (1998)
Brian Turner (1997)
Hone Kouka (1996)
Michelanne Forster (1995)
Kate Flannery (1994)
Sue McCauley (1993)
Fiona Farrell (1992)
Bernadette Hall (1991)
Mervyn Thompson (1990)
Kim Eggleston (1989)
Gary Langford (1989)
Brian McNeill (1988)
Mike Johnson (1987)
Kevin Ireland (1986)
Rachel McAlpine (1986)
Graham Billing (1985)
Keri Hulme (1985)
Margaret Mahy (1984)
Murray Edmond (1983)
Barry Mitcalfe (1982)
Owen Marshall (1981)
Jennifer Compton (1980)
Michael Morrissey (1979)