Paul Mountfort (PhD English, University of Auckland) is Chair of the AUT Centre for Creative Writing.
His research interests lie in futurology, popular culture and transmedia, in particular the oracle-text, comics, science fiction, and storytelling media franchises. He is the author of two full-length books, Nordic Runes (Vermont, VT, US: Destiny, 2003) and Ogam (London: Random House, 2001), on the uses of ancient scripts in arts, letters and the imagination, and is currently working on Hipshots (Bristol, UK: Intellect Books), a book of street photography, and Planet Cosplay (Bristol, UK: Intellect Books), a co-authored investigation into the global practice of costume play.
Paul is Vice-president of PopCAANZ (The Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand), a regional organisation with links to the PCA (American Popular Culture Association), EPCA (European Popular Culture Association) and EAPCA (East Asian Popular Culture Association). He is chair of the Comics, Manga and Anime area, and has chaired panels and spoken at popular culture conferences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Taipei, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago, Turku, London, Paris and Berlin. He is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture, The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, The Journal of Asian Studies, and The Journal of Creative Technologies.
Paul is the founding developer of AUT's BA English and New Media Studies and BA Creative Writing degrees. He was recipient of the sole inaugural Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2006), as was shortlisted for the Faculty's Best Lecturer (2007) and awarded Best Postgraduate Supervisor at AUT (2010) in the annual AUTSA Awesome awards
James George is a novelist and short story writer of Ngapuhi, English and Irish descent. He is author of Wooden Horses (Hazard Press, 2000), Hummingbird (Huia Publishers, 2003) and Ocean Roads (Huia, 2006). Zeta Orionis (an excerpt from Hummingbird) which won the premiere award in the 2001 Maori Literature Awards and was a finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2004 and for the 2005 Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize.
Writing in the NZ Herald, Margie Thomson describes Hummingbird as 'demanding and ambitious … [and] above all incredibly moving'. Ocean Roads (Huia, 2006) appeared on The 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize Shortlist as one of the Best Books in the South East Asia and South Pacific region and was been shortlisted in the fiction category of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2007. He has recently completed his fourth novel 'Sleepwalkers Songs'.
Darryl Hocking (PhD Linguistics, Macquarie University) is a discourse analyst with a background in art and design. His research interests involve discourses of creativity and communicative interaction in creative contexts. He also researches theoretical writing in art and design, including exegetical writing for creative practice in post-graduate settings.
Darryl's current research focuses on an exploration of the linguistic and rhetorical characteristics of the 'brief' genre in art and design education, its conditions of production and reception, and how these impact on and discursively facilitate student creative activity.
He is also a musician/producer with the Auckland band Snake Salvador, which has received considerable airtime. His research into exegetical writing informs his supervision of the creative writing exegesis component in the MCW.
Dylan Horrocks (mentor) is New Zealand's most celebrated graphic novel (comics) artist. He is author of the Hicksville (VUP, 2010), the comic book series Pickle (Black Eye, 1992-1997) and Atlas (Drawn & Quarterly, 2001-2006), and numerous short comics published in books and magazines around the world. He has also written for DC Comics, including Batgirl and Vertigo's Hunter: The Age of Magic.
His satirical strip 'Milo's Week' appeared in the NZ Listener in 1995-1997 and a selection of his political cartoons, Better Luck Next Century, was published in 2001 (Top Shelf). He has also written and lectured widely about comics, writing and art. He publishes work online Hicksville Comics.
Andrew Bancroft. Andrew Bancroft has directed, written and produced for film, television and theatre. His first film was Made Man, a short science-fiction/comedy about a man having a baby. It won Best Comedy at the 1994 NZ Short Film Awards and also Best Performance by a Newcomer.
His second film, Planet Man, became the first NZ film to win at the Cannes Film Festival (International Critics Prize for Best Short Film). It was a futuristic tale about a night when all the women in the world mysteriously vanished.
His other short films include Home Kill (in competition at the Munich Film Festival), Making The Rain Breathe (a children's story commissioned by Canal Plus, France), and the recent psychological drama An Occasional Kiss.
In 2004-6, Andrew was an executive producer for the Short Film Fund of the NZ Film Commission. He developed screenplays and co-supervised production of five high-budget short films, three of which have been selected by the Cannes Film Festival, a record which is unlikely to be surpassed.
Andrew co-wrote (with Māori playwright Hone Kouka) the screenplay for a one-hour TV movie called Signatures: Ngā Tohu. Andrew also directed it, and it swept the NZ Film & Television Awards in 2000 (Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor)
Andrew has received substantial sums from the NZ Film Commission to develop screenplays for feature films. He has also trained as a Script Analyst with the UK's ARISTA organisation, and has worked as a script consultant for feature films for both sides of the Tasman. He has taught screenwriting for the NZ Writers Guild and the NZ Film Commission. Andrew began writing & directing documentaries in 2002. His first, Mine Eyes Dazzle, was a finalist in the NZ Film & Television Awards for Best Director, Documentary.
Prior to working in the film industry, Andrew wrote and directed for the stage. He has worked as a dramaturge, developing new plays for the Auckland Theatre Company, and has lectured at Unitec and the University of Auckland.
Mike Johnson (mentor; senior lecturer) has over a dozen full-length novels, short story collections and books of poetry to his name.
His novels are Lear — The Shakespeare Company Plays Lear at Babylon (1986), Anti Body Positive (1987), Foreigners: Three Novellas (1991), Lethal Dose (1991) Dumb Show (1996), Counterpart (2001), and Stench (2004). He has tutored creative writing for over 20 years at the University of Auckland, most recently as a mentor on their Master of Creative Writing programme, and has been writer in residence at both Auckland and Canterbury universities.
His prose has been described "in terms of magic realism, though with a distinctive science fiction component, influenced by such US writers as Philip K. Dick and Barry M. Maltzberg, and with idiosyncratic Gothic elements. By contrast, his poetry is minimalist with flashes of lyricism, formerly in the style of Robert Creeley and translations of Chinese poets, though increasingly in the elusive manner of Pablo Neruda."
He has been instrumental in the establishment of AUT's BA Creative Writing and lectured on both AUT and the University of Auckland's Master of Creative Writing English programmes.
Siobhan Harvey author. Siobhan Harvey is a poet and non-fiction author. Her most recent books are the poetry collection, Cloudboy (OUP, 2014), and Essential New Zealand Poems (Random House NZ, 2014), which she co-edited with James Norcliffe and Harry Ricketts. Cloudboy won the 2013 Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry and is a New Zealand Top 10 Books bestseller. Her other works include Lost Relatives (Steele Roberts, 2011), Words Chosen Carefully: New Zealand Writers In Conversation (Cape Catley, 2010) and Our Own Kind: 100 New Zealand Poems about Animals (Random House NZ, 2009).
Additionally, Siobhan was runner up in 2012 Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize (Aus) and 2012 Kevin Ireland Poetry Competition, and, for her creative non-fiction, Highly Commended in 2013 Landfall Essay Prize and runner up in 2011 Landfall Essay Competition. Between 2006 and 2013 she co-ordinated New Zealand's National Poetry Day. She has been a guest writer at literary festivals in Australia, Indonesia, the UK and New Zealand. She has a Poet's Page on The Poetry Archive (UK), co directed by Sir Andrew Motion.
Nick Ward (mentor) is currently one of New Zealand's most prolific writers. His first film 'Stickmen' sold to 26 countries around the world and is widely quoted as a favourite New Zealand film.
It won awards for best director, best actor, best supporting actor and best screenplay at the New Zealand film awards. Most importantly, it was the springboard that helped Nick make the move to being a full-time writer. His most recent film, 'Second Hand Wedding', has just become New Zealand's seventh highest grossing local film, just in front of 'Goodbye Pork Pie'.
He has also written episodes and developed storylines for New Zealand's favourite TV series 'Outrageous Fortune'. His most notable recent writing work can be seen in another popular TV series — 'Nothing Trivial'.