McMillan, Frankie


Frankie McMillan is a short story writer. and poet. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters, and received the Creative NZ Todd Writers' Bursary in 2005. Her first book of short fiction, The Bag Lady’s Picnic and Other Stories, was published in 2001, for which she was lauded 'a strong new voice on the New Zealand literary scene.' (Penelope Bieder, Weekend Herald) In 2009 she published Dressing for the Cannibals, a collection of her poetry. McMillan teaches creative writing in Christchurch.


Place of residence: Christchurch, New Zealand
Primary publishers:
Sudden Valley Press, Shoal Bay Press
Rights enquiries:
Poetry: Sudden Valley Press, Email:, Contact: Barbara Strang
Short fiction: Shoal Bay Press, P O Box 17-661, Christchurch, Contact: Ros Henry
Publicity enquiries: As above


McMillan, Frankie (1950-) is a short story writer and poet.

Born and raised in Christchurch, McMillan studied at Victoria University of Wellington, where she completed an MA in creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Creative NZ Todd Writers Bursary.

McMillan’s first book of stories The Bag Lady’s Picnic and Other Stories was published in 2001 by Shoal Bay Press. Lindsay Botham writes in the Listener, 'Acute observations, coupled with achingly clear insight, are the hallmarks of this dazzling collection of short stories.' In the Weekend Herald, Penelope Bieder writes, 'This writing and these stories announce the arrival of a strong new voice on the New Zealand literary scene.'

Further short stories were selected for the Best NZ Fiction volumes 5 and 6 (Vintage). In 2009, a short story was selected for Essential NZ Short Stories (Vintage), edited by Owen Marshall.

Her poetry appears in the anthology, The Unbelievable Lightness of Eggs (Hallard, 2006), a collection featuring the work of six New Zealand poets. Her first collection of poetry, Dressing for the Cannibals (Sudden Valley Press), was published in 2009. In the same year she was winner of the NZ Poetry Society International Poetry Competition.

McMillan lives in the inner city of Christchurch within biking distance of family members and her work places. She teaches Creative Writing at the Christchurch Polytechnic and the Hagley Writers' Institute.

Last updated: 9/11/2009

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