The Outing



Eleanor Catton was enrolled in Damien Wilkins’ 2007 MA class at the IIML, where she worked on a novel exploring themes of performance and performativity. In 2007 she won the Sunday Star-Times short-story competition for her entry Necropolis. She lives in Wellington with her partner, sculptor Johnny Fraser-Allen, with whom she is currently working on a mixed-media illustrated novel for children.

The Outing began life as a workshop exercise, and was later adapted and used as a scene in Eleanor’s novel The Rehearsal, for which she received the Adam Prize in Creative Writing (awarded annually to an outstanding student in the IIML’s MA programme) on the day Turbine 07 was launched.