Dr Paula Morris

Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

Internal extension: 20193
Phone number: +44 (0)114-222-0193

email : paula.morris@sheffield.ac.uk


I am a novelist and short story writer from New Zealand. I studied at the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, the University of York, and the University of Iowa, where I received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

My first novel, Queen of Beauty, won Best First Book at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2003, and my short story collection, Forbidden Cities, was a Commonwealth Prize regional finalist in 2009. My short stories have been widely published and broadcast in New Zealand, the U.K. and the US, and I was the editor of the Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories (Penguin, 2009).

My most recent novel, Rangatira (Penguin 2011), based on the true story of a visit to England by a group of Maori chiefs in 1863, won the fiction category at the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and the Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards; in 2012 it was serialized and broadcast on Radio New Zealand, and a German-language edition was published by Walde+Graf.

I am also the author of three novels for young adults, all published by Scholastic in the US, and a children’s book recently published by Puffin. Since 2003 I’ve taught creative writing at universities – most recently Tulane University in New Orleans, and the University of Stirling in Scotland. I am now the Fiction Writer-in-Residence here at the University of Sheffield.

See also Paula Morris's Website


I teach on the undergraduate third-year fiction module, and on the Creative Writing pathway to the MA in English Literature.