White, Judith

White, Judith

In Brief

White, Judith (1948 - ) is a fiction writer whose work has been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships. White has published two novels and a short story collection, and has appeared in various New Zealand anthologies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

White, Judith (1948 - ) is a fiction writer whose work has been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships. White has published two novels and a short story collection, and has appeared in various New Zealand anthologies.

White won the 1987 Auckland Star short story competition, and was awarded the 1988 BNZ Katherine Mansfield Centenary Award. She was the secretary of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors for several years in the 1980s.

She won the Auckland Star short story competition again in 1990.

White's first collection of short fiction Visiting Ghosts (Timeless Tangerine, 1991) was shortlisted for the 1992 Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards , now known as the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. White was selected for the 1996 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship.

Across the Dreaming Night (Random House) was published in 1999, and was described by Elspeth Sanys for New Zealand Herald as ‘a novel rich in observation of this harsh land in which we love, deeply sympathetic to those who struggle to comprehend its moods and the puzzling rules by which men and women live and, ultimately, a celebration of life in the midst of loss and longing’. The novel was shortlisted for the 2000 Book of the Year at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, now part of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

White was awarded third place in the 2009 Sunday Star Times short story competition.

The Elusive Language of Ducks was published by Random House in 2013. Stephanie Johnson for New Zealand Herald described the novel as ‘a how-to manual – how to love, how to grieve, how to pick up your life after death and go on. Wry and clever, The Elusive Language of Ducks transcends its bleak theme to leave us as thoughtful and questioning as its gentle protagonist.'

White has also been involved with a number of creative writing courses for over two decades, including Auckland University (Continuing Education); Rangitoto College Community Education; Toi Ora Live Art Trust; and Auckland Unitec. She has worked as a one-on-one mentor for the AUT Creative Writing Masters (MCW) programme, and for the New Zealand Society of Authors mentorship scheme.

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Updated January 2017.