Cambridge-based international author to launch book in Hamilton

Now settled in Cambridge, international author Tracey Slaughter will launch a novella in Hamilton next Monday.
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Now settled in Cambridge, international author Tracey Slaughter will launch a novella in Hamilton next Monday.

It's been a bumper few months for writer and lecturer Dr Tracey Slaughter.

The international award winning writer moved from Thames to Cambridge at the start of the year to be close to the University of Waikato where she lectures in creative writing. 

Next Monday Dr Slaughter will launch a novella The Longest Drink in Town and later in the year Victoria University Press will publish her collection of short stories.

Slaughter won the United Kingdom's's Bridport short story writing prize late last year, and was a finalist in the Manchester Poetry Prize.

The publisher, Pania Press, describes it as a "hard-hitting novella tracing the history of a single traumatic event against the backdrop of small town life." It follows the points of view of a group of children going through the fallout of divorce, with the drama coming to a crisis on a single afternoon on a small town roadside.

At the same event, writer and publisher Jack Ross will also launch his new collection of poetry, A Clearer View of the Hinterland.

Slaughter has twice won New Zealand's Katherine Mansfield short story prize and teaches creative writing at the University of Waikato.

Her new book will be launched at the Art Fusion Gallery on campus, located in the base of the Student Centre, on Monday, May 25, at 6.30pm, and copies will be available to buy from the Gallery or from the Pania Press website.

Her short story collection deleted scenes for lovers will be published by Victoria University Press early next year.

Currently teaching two papers this semester, Creative Non-fiction and Voice and Image, Dr Slaughter has a sabbatical planned for the second half of the year.

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