Nicolas Fargues - French
Nicolas completed his Master of Literature at La Sorbonne, Paris. His memoir is a biographical criticism of the work of Egyptian Francophone writer Georges Henein (1914-1973). Between 1997 and 2015, he worked as a cultural officer in Indonesia, Madagascar and Cameroon for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has published 12 novels and a collection of short stories. Nicolas was awarded the Telerama Prize in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt in 2015. He spent six months in 2016 in Wellington as writer in residence at the Randell Cottage. Nicolas's PhD thesis is a study of ruptures in style in contemporary French Literature.
Megumi Yamaguchi - Japanese
After receiving BA in English Literature from Tsuda College in Japan, Megumi completed her MA degree in Children’s Literature at Macquarie University, Australia. Her research focuses on Japanese manga and anime, and more specifically, the interaction between literature and Japanese popular visual culture.
Chloe Mackenzie - Spanish
Chloe completed a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in 2009 and a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction in Spanish in 2015. Her dissertation entitled Magical Realism and its feminist potential in three Latin American artistic expressions, explored the popular genre and its capacity as a postcolonial narrative which challenges a Western perceived logic and creates pathways to explore alternative histories in literature, art and film. She is currently a recipient of the Fanny Evans Postgraduate Scholarship for Women, and is working towards completing an MA in Spanish. Her research explores the significance of muralism and public art in Latin American countries and their intimate connection with twentieth century social, political and cultural movements.