Judith White

Judith White  is the author of two novels - The Elusive Language of Ducks and Across the Dreaming Night – and a collection of short stories, Visiting Ghosts

Her stories have been broadcast by Radio New Zealand, and widely published in anthologies. She was awarded Creative New Zealand grants towards the writing of each of these books.

She has been facilitating creative writing courses for over two decades: Auckland University (Continuing Education); Rangitoto College Community Education; Toi Ora Live Art Trust (for adults who have come in contact with mental health services); Auckland Unitec; as well as various other one-off workshops. She has worked as a one-on-one mentor for the AUT Creative Writing Masters (MCW) programme, and for the NZSA mentorship scheme.

She was secretary of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors for several years in the late 1980s.

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The brilliance with which she enters into her characters' aberrant states of mind, signals a major talent.


Iain Sharp (reviewing Across the Dreaming Night)

  • Winner of BNZ Katherine Mansfield Centenary Award, 1988
  • Winner of the Auckland Star short story competition in 1987 & 1990
  • Awarded the Frank Sargeson Fellowship in 1995
  • Placed 3rd in the Sunday Star Times short story competition, 2009