Kirsty Gunn completed a Master of Philosophy at the University of Oxford.
Kirsty Gunn graduated with Honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Victoria University of Wellington in 1982.
Kirsty Gunn attended Queen Margaret College in Wellington.
(As their family decays under the influence of alcohol, tw...)
As their family decays under the influence of alcohol, twelve-year-old Janey and her brother spend their summers by a lake, where they defend each other against the encroachments of the adult world.
(A young woman returns again and again in dreams and her i...)
A young woman returns again and again in dreams and her imagination to the stories that her mother told her about a father who loved her but whom she did not know until she starts to relive her mother's abandonment.
(In these stories, mothers escape to remote country villag...)
In these stories, mothers escape to remote country villages, making prisoners of their children. A young man is made an indentured servant by his father, his violence atoning for loneliness. A wife comes to fear the closeness of her own husband's attentions. Haunted by the past, these stories explore the paradox of home as a place of both departure and return, comprising a range of voices portrayed with breathtaking skill.
(Featherstone is the story of the mysterious disappearance...)
Featherstone is the story of the mysterious disappearance from an isolated town in Scotland of a young woman whose absence still reverberates in the lives of everyone whose life she touched. When Sonny Johanssen looks up from his flower bed, he is sure that he has just seen the impossible. And yet he feels her: his niece, Francie, has come home. He’s not the only one who senses her presence. Across town, Ray Weldon, Francie’s long-suffering high school sweetheart, is anxiously scouring their old haunts, convinced that she has finally returned. But has she really come home, or is her presence some kind of resurrection in the minds of those who love her? It soon becomes clear that Featherstone is not a traditional tale of small-town life, but that the enigmatic Francie is a catalyst for a different, deeper story. Her homecoming disturbs the inhabitants of this community, unraveling a sense of security and stability and turning inward people’s hopes and dreams - with dangerous but ultimately regenerative consequences.
(The Big Music tells the story of John Sutherland of 'The ...)
The Big Music tells the story of John Sutherland of 'The Grey House', who is dying and creating in the last days of his life a musical composition that will define it. Yet he has little idea of how his tune will echo or play out into the world - and as the book moves inevitably through its themes of death and birth, change and stasis, the sound of his solitary story comes to merge and connect with those around him. In this remarkable work of fiction, Kirsty Gunn has created something as real as music or as magical as a dream. One emerges at the end of it altered and changed. Not so much a novel as a place the reader comes to inhabit and know, The Big Music is a literary work of undeniable originality and power.
(The moment that Emily's friend Evan Gordonstone - a succe...)
The moment that Emily's friend Evan Gordonstone - a successful middle-aged financier - meets Caroline Beresford - a glamorous former horsewoman, and now housewife, hostess, and landlady - there is a 'PING!' At least, that's how Evan describes it to Emily when he persuades her to record his story: the story of falling into unrequited love, which is as old as Western literature itself. Thus begins a hypnotic series of conversations set against the beguiling backdrop of West London's bars, fuelled in intensity by endless G&Ts and Q&As.
Kirsty Gunn attended Queen Margaret College in Wellington and graduated with Honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Victoria University of Wellington in 1982. She later completed a Master of Philosophy at the University of Oxford.
Kirsty Gunn is a Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Dundee where she created and directs the programme of Writing Study and Practice. She is the author of several novels, short stories collections and a collection of essays, fragments, and stories. Her work has been made into films, theatre, dance and widely broadcast. Gunn is best known for her first novel Rain which was published in 1994 and later made into a feature film in 2001. She has won multiple awards for her writing including The Big Music which won a book of the year at the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards.
Gunn has previously taught Creative Writing at Oxford University and at a number of writing seminars and schools. She lives in London and Scotland with her husband and two young daughters.
(The moment that Emily's friend Evan Gordonstone - a succe...)2018
(A young woman returns again and again in dreams and her i...)1997
(As their family decays under the influence of alcohol, tw...)1995
(Featherstone is the story of the mysterious disappearance...)2003
(The Big Music tells the story of John Sutherland of 'The ...)2012
(In these stories, mothers escape to remote country villag...)1999
Quotations: "Creative Writing can't be "taught" is my thought. No amount of exercises or prescriptions or rules about how to write a short story or create a character can do the job of an individual being creative... One doesn't learn how to be imaginative. But one can create an environment where using the imagination more productively and freely becomes the norm. This is what I always aimed for in establishing Writing Practice and Study at Dundee: to instigate a creative space in the classroom."
Kirsty Gunn is married and has two daughters. The family lives in Scotland.