Frankie McMillan is the author of four books, the most recent of which, My Mother and the Hungarians and Other Small Fictions (Canterbury University Press), was longlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. In 2005 she was awarded the Creative New Todd Bursary. Other awards include winner of the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition in 2009 and winner of the New Zealand Flash Fiction Competition in 2013 and 2015.
In 2014 Frankie held the Ursula Bethell writing residency at Canterbury University and in 2017 the University of Auckland/Michael King writers’ Centre fellowship. She is currently co-editing an anthology of short short forms of writing in Aotearoa New Zealand, due from Canterbury University Press in 2018.
The first five are short short narratives and appear in my book, My Mother and the Hungarians and Other Small Fictions. They relate to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution; a nationwide revolt against the Communist government. A short time later 1,000 refugees settled in New Zealand. Some of the following poems appear in my book There are no horses in heaven, and were written when I was the 2014 Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at Canterbury University.