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Be in to WIN with Octopus wrestling and short fictions

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions traverses exciting new  terrain between prose poetry and short fiction, delivering stories that are darkly comic, dynamic and surreal.

The eagerly awaited fourth book from award-winning writer Frankie McMillan, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions is steeped in human vulnerability and eccentricity. 

Dubbed New Zealand’s ‘maestro of flash fiction’ by renowned short story writer Owen Marshall for her previous collection My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions, McMillan is recognised internationally for her mastery of the increasingly popular flash fiction genre.

“Every story is like a sky rocket we haven’t seen before – flaring and sparkling in unexpected ways,” award-winning author Lloyd Jones says of the latest collection

To be in to win a copy of this beautiful book for your own collection, simply answer the following question:

  • What inspired the title story for the book? [hint here]

Please email your answer to by 12 noon Wednesday 18 September.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in the Insider’s Guide newsletter on Sunday 29 September.

Celebrating Canterbury Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr

Following his election to the Royal Society (UK) earlier this year, UC’s Canterbury Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr, a College of Science alumnus, was formally admitted as a Royal Society Fellow on 12 July.

Canterbury Distinguished Professor Kerr signing the admissions book
Canterbury Distinguished Professor Kerr shaking hands with Royal Society President , Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Photos courtesy of The Royal Society (UK)

Licence CC BY 4.0 

UC joins Shielded Site Project to help victims of domestic abuse

UC has added the Shielded Site icon to the bottom footer section of our website where it will be visible on every UC webpage.

The project, led by the Women’s Refuge, provides a way for victims of domestic violence to ask for help. The Shielded Site provides resources, such as what to do if you are in danger, how to make a plan to get out, how to be safe online, and where to go for more support and information.  

What makes this window special is that it does not appear in the browsing history of the web browser you’re using, meaning that it can be accessed without fear that an abusive partner might discover what has been looked at.

Many victims of domestic violence live in fear of their every move being monitored, online as well in person. The Shielded Site provides a safe haven for accessing help.

Many NZ organisations have joined the project including ASB, The Warehouse, Stats NZ, Trade Me, Countdown and NZ Post.

You can learn more about the Shielded Site Project here.