The Stairwell



2008 has been a dream year for Mary McCallum’s first novel The Blue, written for her MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University. It won Best First Novel and Readers’ Choice at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, was short-listed for the Prize in Modern Letters, has had two reprints, been adapted for radio, and is being translated into Hebrew for the Israeli market. Mary won the Louis Johnson Prize to work on her second novel, Precarious, with publication expected in 2010. She also writes a blog called O Audacious Book and tutors in Creative Writing at Massey University.  It was the latter which inspired her short story ‘The Stairwell’.