Mary-Jane Duffy

Creative Writing Programme Manager and Tutor

Mary-Jane is a writer and art curator. Her recent freelance writing and editing work includes poetry, essays on artists for the Real Art Road Show Trust, and work for Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand on Screen, and an exhibition on the history of Surf Lifesaving in New Zealand.  She has a wide background in art exhibition and gallery management, as well as art historical research.  Millionaires’ Shortbread, poems by Mary-Jane Duffy, Mary Cresswell, Mary Macpherson and Kerry Hines, was published by University of Otago Press. Mary-Jane has a BA and an MA in Art History (Canterbury). She is currently working on her own collection of poems.

'I enjoy the challenge of converting students to poetry. Many arrive in the classroom with the idea that poetry won’t be for them but once they understand that contemporary poetry is wide open, and what that means for their own work, they're hooked. And I’m hooked all over again too.'

Related Areas of Interest

  • Nursing
  • Business and Management
  • Building Trades
  • English Language

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