Marilyn Duckworth

Marilyn Duckworth OBE (born 10 November 1935 in New Zealand) is a novelist, poet and short story writer. She has published sixteen novels, one novella, a collection of short stories and a collection of poetry. She has also written for television and radio.(from Wikipedia)

Awards and Fellowships

Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction (2016)

President of Honour of the New Zealand Society of Authors (2011 / 2012)

Foxton Fellowship (2004)

Millay Arts Centre Residency (2001)

Ucross Foundation Residency (1997)

Auckland University Literary Fellowship (1996)

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (shortlisted) (1996)

Sargeson Writing Fellowship (1995)

Hawthornden Writing Fellowship (1994)

Arts Council New Zealand Scholarship in Letters (1993)

Victoria University Writer’s Fellowship (1990)

Australia New Zealand Writers’ Exchange Fellowship (1989)

Fulbright Visiting Writer’s Fellowship (1987)

OBE for Services to Literature (1987)

Montana New Zealand Book Award for Fiction (1985)

Goodman Fielder Wattie Book of the Year Award (shortlisted) (1985)

Katherine Mansfield Fellowship (1980)

Literary Fund Scholarship in Letters (1961 & 1972)

New Zealand Literary Fund Award for Achievement (1963)



  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Plays
  • Review Writing
  • Short Stories







    The Chiming Blue: New and Selected Poems (VUP, 2017)

    Playing Friends (Vintage/Random House NZ, 2007)

    Swallowing Diamonds (Vintage/Random House NZ, 2003)

    Camping on the Faultline (Vintage/Random House NZ, 2000), a memoir

    Studmuffin (Vintage/Random House NZ,1997)

    Cherries on a Plate: New Zealand Writers Talk About Their Sisters (Vintage/Random House NZ,1996), (editor)

    Leather Wings (Vintage/Random House Group, 1995)

    Fooling (Hazard Press Ltd, 1994), a novella

    Seeing Red (Vintage? Random NZ, 1993)

    Unlawful Entry (Vintage/Random Century Group, 1992)

    Explosions in the Sun (Hodder and Stoughton, 1989), a volume of short stories

    A Message from Harpo (Hodder and Stoughton, 1989)

    Pulling Faces (Hodder and Stoughton, 1987)

    Rest for the Wicked (Hodder and Stoughton, 1986)

    Married Alive (Hodder and Stoughton, 1985)

    Disorderly Conduct (Hodder and Stoughton, 1984)

    Other Lovers' Children: Poems 1958–74 (Pegasus Press, 1975)

    Over the Fence Is Out (Hutchinson of London, 1969)

    A Barbarous Tongue (Hutchinson of London, 1963)

    The Matchbox House (Hutchinson of London, 1960)

    While her husband seeks solace with the widow next door, Jean takes refuge in fantasy. A moving tale of a woman's precarious hold on sanity.

    A Gap in the Spectrum (Hutchinson, 1959)