Creative Series

The Katherine Mansfield Society Creative Works Series is an official online series, recognised by the British Library and with its own ISSN number: ISSN 2397-9038

We welcome submissions of creative material directly inspired by Katherine Mansfield’s life and work.

Please send submissions for consideration to the Online Series Editor, Illya Nokhrin at kms@katherinemansfieldsociety.org 

All submissions will be double peer-reviewed prior to acceptance.


Jan Kemp's collections Voicetracks (2012) and Dante's Heaven (2006) are available from tranzlit@iconz.co.nz and Dantes Himmel from vat-mainz.de. Her work is also on www.poetryarchive.org. Now, as Mansfield became 'a NZ European' but still linked to her national and poetic roots, Jan lives permanently in Germany. She is currently working on a manuscript Black Ice & the Love Planet.

KMS Creative Work Series LA CROIX ROUGE by Jan Kemp


We are delighted to publish this long poem titled ‘K’, by Iain Britton, which is unorthodox in its composition and follows many thematic paths. It crosses timelines and geographical boundaries and swings between Europe and New Zealand. Katherine Mansfield is more of a 'soul presence' and, like the ‘I' in the sequence, appears to have the poetical license to shift through many dimensions, hence the challenge.

Katherine Mansfield Society Creative Work Series: K

Iain Britton is Director Of Maori Studies at King's School, Auckland, New Zealand. He has published five collections of poetry. Hauled Head First into a Leviathan (2008) was nominated for Best First Collection category in the Forward Poetry Prizes, 2008. His poems have also been included in the Shearcatcher Poetry Anthology (2012). A new collection of poems photosynthesis was published in 2014.


We are delighted to publish Alex Reece Abbott's short story 'An Epic Mistake', inspired by KM.

Katherine Mansfield Society Creative Work Series: An Epic Mistake

Since focussing on creative writing in late 2010, Alex’s stories have been published in anthologies including Take Tea with Turing (University of Edinburgh) and Journeys & Places (YSJU Press). Her short prose has won the Arvon Prize, CWA Debut Dagger Opening Lines and Liars’ League and been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize; Cúirt New Writing Prize, Wells Festival, Ilkley Festival, BLOC, New Writer.

Her debut novel The Maori House was shortlisted for the ABNA Prize. She has an MA Creative Writing (Distinction) and occasionally blogs at www.alexreeceabbott.info


We are delighted to publish a poem by Tom Mclean. 

Katherine Mansfield Society Creative Work Series: Birds

Tom is a student at Victoria University of Wellington. He is also an editor of Three Islands Magazine.


Tracy Miao has sent us this delightful poem on KM:

Katherine Mansfield Society Creative Work Series: Elegy

Tracy is currently a PhD student whose research involves Katherine Mansfield and visual art. She has published articles on Katherine Mansfield and Chinese art, reviews on recent Mansfield publications, and chapters on Jane Austen, George Eliot, T.S. Eliot, and James Joyce in the 2012 Jiaotong University Anthology of English Literature. Her enthusiasm for Katherine Mansfield has inspired her to create paintings, poems, and short stories.


Órfhlaith Foyle is a novelist, short story writer and a poet. Her first novel 'Belios' was published by The Lilliput Press in 2005 to critical acclaim.  That same year Arlen House published 'Revenge', a collection of Foyle's short fiction and poetry.  Her début poetry collection, 'Red Riding Hood's Dilemma (Arlen House, 2010) was short-listed for the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award in 2011. The title story from her short story collection 'Somewhere in Minnesota' (Arlen House, 2011) was first published in Faber and Faber New Irish Short Stories (2011), edited by Joseph O'Connor.

'Somewhere in Minnesota' has been long-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2012 as well as the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2012.

Órfhlaith Foyle's story on Katherine Mansfield, 'Katherine Mansfield Society Creative Work Series: One Thousand Selves', is also from this collection.

For more information about Órfhlaith Foyle and her writing please visit her website and her blog.


We are delighted to post two pieces of creative fiction by KMS member Kath MacLean, part of a larger body of work to be published in due course.

Kath MacLean is a multi media artist and performer. She has published two books of poetry, her first winning the Muse Award for new writers, and her second, recently published by University of Alberta, Kat Among the Tigers , (2011) based on the letters and journals of Katherine Mansfield. She has also published works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and critical reviews in Canadian, American, and European journals and has  collaborated with other artists  to record a CD of performance poetry and two videopoems, one of which, Doo0Daa-Doo-Da is based on Mansfield’s experience of the bombing of Paris in March 1915. A professor of creative writing much of the time, Kath was Writer in Residence for the Canadian Author’s Association (2009/10). She is currently working on a book of essays, many of which involve Katherine Mansfield – she refuses to go away! For more details on Kath’s work please visit her website. [http://www.kathmaclean.com/about.html]