Originally from Ireland, Majella Cullinane has lived in New Zealand since 2008 and writes fiction, poetry and essays. Her debut novel The Life of De’Ath was longlisted for the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Fiction and shortlisted for the NZSA Heritage Fiction Prize. Her second poetry collection Whisper of a Crow’s Wing was published by Otago University Press and Salmon Poetry, Ireland in 2018, and selected as The New Zealand Listener’s Ten Best Poetry Books of 2018.
She was the 2014 Robert Burns Fellow and was recently awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in Edinburgh. She graduated with a PhD in Creative Practice from the University of Otago last year. She lives with her partner Andrew and their son Robbie in Port Chalmers.
Majella Cullinane at DWRF 2021:
Women, Past & Present
Photo credit: Caroline Davies