The Fuse Box

The Fuse Box: essays on writing from Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters

The Fuse Box gathers essays from the writing community to shine fresh light on the creative process. Editors Emily Perkins and Chris Price have invited some of our best writers to share their strategies for staying plugged in and switched on. From the instigating spark through to currents and connections, they explore issues relevant to all stages of the writing life: how to get started and what to write about, how to keep the flow going over time, freedom and constraint, how your writing might meet the world, and how to make the most of accidents. Poets, dramatists, novelists and writing teachers open up to reveal their wiring in essays that are strikingly honest, political and playful.

Contributors: Tusiata Avia, James Brown, Stephen Burt, Stella Duffy, Ken Duncum, Patricia Grace (interviewed by Briar Grace-Smith), Gary Henderson, Lloyd Jones (interviewed by Charlotte Wood), Elizabeth Knox, Hera Lindsay Bird, Tina Makereti, Bill Manhire, Nina Nawalowalo with Tom McCrory, Emily Perkins, Chris Price, Victor Rodger, Damien Wilkins, Write Where You Are Collective (Pip Adam, William Brandt, Rajorshi Chakraborti, Gigi Fenster), Ashleigh Young.

Reviews and Media for The Fuse Box



‘a really excellent insight into how many of our best writers teach, learn and create’ Booksellers NZ

‘a fantastic mixture of addictive voices… anybody who’s interested in writing themselves, or in taking the pulse of writing now… will want to read this’ Harry Ricketts, Radio New Zealand

‘a clear-headed and revealing book for those of us who want to be better writers’ Pantograph Punch

‘…essentially this is a book about creative survival… risk-taking, experimentation and diversity’ Landfall Review



Emily talks with Kim Hill about The Fuse Box and other things, RNZ Saturday Morning

Co-editor Chris Price and contributors Raj Chakraborti and poet James Brown talk with Lynn Freeman, RNZ Standing Room Only