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Faith Oxenbridge

Faith Oxenbridge

Faith Oxenbridge is a Creative Writing and Journalism teacher from Christchurch, New Zealand, who writes fiction in her spare time. She started writing when her children were older and she owned a bookshop, but realised she wasn’t cut out for retail; instead of smiling at her customers she found herself turning them into characters. She went back to University and completed a MFA in Creative Writing. Her stories have been published in the NZ Listener, the Six Pack 2, Best NZ Fiction 2006, Turbine, the Sunday Star Times and Christchurch Press. She was runner-up in the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Competition 2012, a finalist in the Victoria University Overland Competition in 2013, and won the (NZ) Sunday Star Times Competition in 2013 with her story, What you Have. She is currently compiling her stories into a collection for publication and is writing a novel. (photo courtesy of Fairfax)

Jolley Prize 2014 (Shortlist): 'The Art of Life' by Faith Oxenbridge

September 2014, no. 364 01 September 2014
Inherit your great-grandmother’s wild red hair and hear the boys sing Griffin’s Gingernuts are so spicy when you walk past the Four Square court. Feel like a freak. Ask your mother if you can cut your hair short when you start high school and hear her say but it’s your best asset. Worry about your assets. Regret not cutting it on the first day of school when your form teacher christens you O ... (read more)