Programmer at Large Hot Picks: Melanie Dixon

July 26, 2023

Lost the Plot!
Ōtautahi comedian and poet Ray Shipley will be hosting this literary quiz like no other. I wanted to bring some fun and games into the programme this year and this session should provide both in bucketfuls. Register your team now.

Climate Fiction and Climate Futures
I have a strong interest in the environment and climate change so I’m looking forward to this panel session and discussing the role and responsibilities of writers when it comes to dealing with climate change. More info here.

100 Words to Save the Universe
I have worked with young writers for many years and I was keen to include a session by youth for youth in this programme. I’m particularly excited to be working with two of New Zealand’s most talented up-and-coming flash fiction writers, Hannah Daniell and Chloe Morrison-Clarke to run this session. Book here.

My Hot Picks

As a writer/runner who loves being the mountains, I am particularly looking forward to Not Set in Stone and Run for your Life and hearing other people’s stories about the magic of mountain climbing and the freedom of running.

About Melanie Dixon
Melanie Dixon is an Ōtautahi based writer, creative writing tutor, and the current director of Hagley Writers’ Institute. Her short stories and flash fiction have been published and anthologised internationally, and her debut novel A New Dawning was published with OneTree House in April this year. She has a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland, and also holds science degrees from the University of York and Oxford University. When she’s not writing, you can find Melanie biking, running, or tramping in the mountains, or planning her next adventure somewhere wild.


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