Majella Cullinane is a PhD candidate in Creative Practice at the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at Otago University. Originally from Ireland, she has lived in New Zealand since 2008. She has previously received a Sean Dunne Writer’s Award for Poetry, the Hennessy XO/Irish Times Literary Award for Emerging Poetry, and an Irish Arts Council Award to study for an MLitt. in Creative Writing at St. Andrew’s University Scotland. In 2011, she published her first poetry collection Guarding the Flame with Salmon Poetry, Ireland.
In 2014, she was awarded the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. She’s currently working on a collection of short stories, and her second poetry collection will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2018. Her first novel, The Life of De'Ath, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Dundee International Book Prize, has just been accepted for publication.