Writers from New Zealand

New Zealand
1985
Michael MORRISSEY
New Zealand
1992
Stevan ELDRED-GRIGG
New Zealand
1993
Sherryl JORDAN
New Zealand
1994
Beryl FLETCHER
New Zealand
1995
Andrew JOHNSTON
New Zealand
1996

William TAYLOR is the author of books published world-wide; two thirds of his fiction has been short-listed for awards, including citations from the American Library Assocation and the New York Public Library, the Choysa Bursary for Children's Writers and the Esther Glen Medal. The author of thirty novels, twenty-three for children and young adults, Mr. Taylor has published three new books in 1996 alone: Circles (Penguin NZ); The Fatz Twins & the Haunted House (Harper Collins NZ), and Nick's Story (Longacre Press). A former school teacher and principal of the Ohakune School, he turned to writing full time in 1985. His first novel Episode came out in 1970, and since then his works have been published in multiple editions by Penguin, Scholastic, and others in Australia, the US, and Europe. He is a fellow of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

New Zealand
1997

Bernadette HALL (born in Central Otago, 1945) is the author of four poetry collections: Heartwood (Caxton Press, 1989); Of Elephants etc (untold press, 1990); The Persistent Levitator (Victoria University Press, 1994), and Still Talking (forthcoming, to be launched at the Christchurch Arts Festival, July 1997). The Persistent Levitator was shortlisted for the New Zealand Book Awards in 1995. Her plays have been performed in theaters in New Zealand and produced on National NZ Radio; Glad and the Angels was winner of the Aoraki Festival Playwriting Competition. Since 1991, Ms. Hall has been the poetry editor of Takahe magazine and currently teaches at Hagley Community College in Christchurch; she directed the Creative Writing Summer School at Canterbury University and taught many writing workshops in Christchurch, Wellington, and Dunedin. She has also performed her poetry at various book festivals, exploring the "communal possibilities of poetry" through collaboration with an Irish uillean pipe player and music composers. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, among them the Oxford Book of New Zealand Poetry (1997). The Arts Council of New Zealand/Toi Aotearoa is providing joint support with the IWP for her participation in the program.

New Zealand
2001

Vince FORD (fiction writer, New Zealand; b. 1969) has already won two awards for his two novels for children. His first book, 2Much4U (1999) received the 1998 Tom Fitzgibbon Award for best children's fiction by a previously unpublished author. He is currently working on a novel for a more adult audience. Scripting, managing, and presenting video productions is Mr. Ford's current occupation. He has previously worked as a Jackaroo on a 400,000 acre Australian property and a laborer in salt mines. More information on his works can be found at www.vuw.ac.nx/nzbookcouncil/writers/fordvince.htm. He lives in Gisborne on the East coast of New Zealand. He is taking part in the IWP through a grant from the Arts Council of New Zealand/Toi Aotearoa, and through the IWP.

Gordon McLAUCHLAN
New Zealand
2002

Gordon McLAUCHLAN is a highly accomplished journalist and fiction writer. He is the chairman of Four Star Books and host of the Radio New Zealand program “Book Club.” He has also hosted two New Zealand network television magazine shows, edited Bateman’s New Zealand Encyclopedia, provided the New Zealand questions for Trivial Pursuit, and was president of the New Zealand Society of Authors. He has written more than eight books, including political commentaries. He is participating courtesy of Creative New Zealand and the University of Iowa.

Vivienne PLUMB
New Zealand
2004 Resident

Vivienne PLUMB is a poet, playwright and fiction writer who won the 1993 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award for Love Knots (performed 1993, pub. 1994 and translated into Italian) and the Hubert Church Award for a first book of fiction for The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in her Sleep (1993). She was a founding member of the Women's Play Press in 1992 and has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and writing grants. Her poem, "The Tank," won the 1998 NZ Poetry Society International Poetry Competition. Plumb's recent works include two collections of poetry, Salamanca (1998) and Avalanche (2000), a novella, The Diary as a Positive in Female Adult Behavior (2000), and a novel, Secret City (2003). A new poetry collection, Nefarious, is forthcoming this year. Ms. Plumb was most recently employed by the New Zealand Ministry of Education. She is participating courtesy of Creative New Zealand.

James NORCLIFFE
New Zealand
2006 Resident

James NORCLIFFE has published five collections of poetry, most recently Along Blueskin Road (2005), a collection of short stories, Chinese Interpreter (1994) and five novels for young adults, among them The Assassin of Gleam (2006). His writing has appeared widely in New Zealand and the U.S.; his prizes include the Lilian Ida Smith Award (1990), the Robert Burns Fellowship (2000), and the Christchurch Press Literary Liaisons Honour Award (2003). A member and officer of the NZ Society of Authors, he is currently the president of the New Zealand Poetry Society. He participates courtesy of the Arts Council of New Zealand.

Penelope TODD
New Zealand
2007 Resident

Penelope TODD writes fiction for youth and adults. She lives in New Zealand's southernmost city of Dunedin where she works as an editor. Zillah, the final installment of her young adult Watermark trilogy, was published this year. A memoir, Digging for Spain, is forthcoming in 2008, and she is at work on a new novel for adults, tentatively titled On this Island. She participates courtesy of Creative New Zealand.

Brian FALKNER
New Zealand
2008 Resident

Brian FALKNER began his career in journalism and advertising, winning several national and international awards for his copywriting. He published his first junior fiction novel, Henry and the Flea, in 2003, with the debut nominated for the Esther Glen Medal and listed as a notable book by the Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand (2004). Since then, Falkner has published two more novels in the youth genre: The Real Thing (2004) and The Super Freak (2005). He lives in New Zealand, where he is an advocate for children’s literacy. His latest novel is called The Tomorrow Code. He participates courtesy of Creative New Zealand.

Kathy WHITE
New Zealand
2009 Resident

Kathy WHITE was born in Liverpool and immigrated to New Zealand in 1971. Her books include Alex and Josie, The Problem Cat, The South Pacific, A Hairy Tale, and Muffin Magic which is part of the Kiwi Bites series, as well as six non-fiction titles. Her work has appeared in the New Zealand School Journal and Connected Journal, The School Magazine (Australia), and in Comet, Explore and Challenge. She has worked as a children's librarian and children's services coordinator, a writing workshop tutor, a book sales rep, and is a regular book reviewer. She participates courtesy of Creative New Zealand.

New Zealand
2010 Resident

Hinemoana BAKER has worked as a Māori and ESOL educator, a radio journalist, collaborated on many stage, film, sound, and radio productions, and toured extensively as a musician/performer. Her first collection of poems, mātuhi (‘needle’), appeared in 2004. She has since co-edited the anthology Kaupapa: New Zealand Poets, World Issues, and the online journal 4th Floor. The 2009 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, she has a new book, koiwi koiwi (bone bone), coming out in 2010. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State. Photo: Gareth Watkins.

David HILL
New Zealand
2010 Resident

David HILL (children’s novelist; New Zealand) has written 27 novels for children and young adults, published in twelve countries and in seven languages. Recent titles include Duet, The River Runs, and Fire on High. Winner of numerous awards, Hill has also published several plays for teenagers, short stories, plays, and poetry for children in magazines, anthologies, and on radio. His short stories have appeared in The Listener, Landfall, Takahe, Bravado, and are anthologized in The New Zealand Book of the Beach 2 and The Best New Zealand Fiction 5. He writes book reviews and a column for the Listener. He also writes book reviews, and a column for the Listener. His participation is provided courtesy of Creative New Zealand.

HOOD, Lynley
New Zealand
2011 Resident

Lynley HOOD (nonfiction writer; New Zealand) is a scientist and independent scholar. Her nonfiction includes Sylvia! The Biography of Sylvia Ashton-Warner (1988), which won the PEN Best First Book of Prose Award, the Goodman Fielder Wattie Award, and the New Zealand Foundation for the Blind’s Talking Book of the Year award, and A City Possessed (2001), which won the Montana Medal, the Readers’ Choice Award and the Skeptics Bravo Award. Her play The Baby Farmer (1996) has been staged, and performed on the radio. Hood was named one of The Press’s ‘Six of the Best New Zealanders’ in 2001, and one of North & South magazine’s ‘New Zealanders who made a difference’ in 2003. Her participation is provided courtesy of Creative New Zealand.

Jeffrey Paparoa Holman
New Zealand
2012 Resident

Jeffrey Paparoa HOLMAN (poet, nonfiction writer; New Zealand) has worked as a sheep-shearer, postman, lecturer, psychiatric social worker and bookseller. He is the author of a book of nonfiction, Best of Both Worlds: The Story of Elsdon Best and Tutakangahau (2010), and seven collections of poetry, including As Big As A Father (2002) and, most recently Shaken Down 6.3. His memoir, The Lost Pilot is forthcoming. His participation is supported through a grant from Creative New Zealand.

Craig Cliff
New Zealand
2013 Resident

Craig CLIFF(fiction writer, poet; New Zealand) is the author of the short story collection A Man Melting, which won Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. His stories, poems, and non-fiction have appeared in print and online in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK. He writes a column for The Dominion Post about his double life as a writer and public servant in Wellington, where he works as a policy analyst for the Ministry of Education. The Mannequin Makers (2013) is his first novel. He participates courtesy of Creative New Zealand.

Whiti Hereaka
New Zealand
2013 Resident

Whiti HEREAKA (playwright, novelist, screenwriter; New Zealand) has written and produced eight plays for stage and radio, as well as the short film Unclaimed Luggage. Her debut novel The Graphologist’s Apprentice was shortlisted for the 2011 First Book in the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Asia/Pacific region); her second novel, Bugs, will be published later this year. She is a two-time winner of the Best New Play by a Maori Playwright. Her participation is made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Daren Kamali
New Zealand
2014 Resident

Daren KAMALI (poet, performer; New Zealand) began performing as a musician and street poet, later putting out the albums Immigrant Story and Keep It Real. He is the author of poetry collections Poems and Songs from the Underwater World (2011) and Squid Out of Water (2014), two parts of the trilogy Squidluminaries, forthcoming in 2015. He has facilitated writing workshops and poetry slams, and worked as a music director and youth mentor. A co-founder of the South Auckland Poets Collective, he participates courtesy of Creative New Zealand.

Johanna AITCHISON
New Zealand
2015 Resident

Johanna AITCHISON (poet; New Zealand) is the author of three books of poetry, including A Long Girl Ago (2007; finalist at the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards) and Miss Dust (2015). Widely anthologized in her home country, Aitchison is also the winner of the 2005 Victoria University Story Inc. Prize for Poetry, and of the 2010 New Zealand Poetry Society International Competition. Her participation is made possible by Creative New Zealand.

New Zealand
2016 Resident

Courtney Sina MEREDITH (poet, playwright, fiction writer, musician; New Zealand) published her award-winning play Rushing Dolls in 2012; a poetry collection, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick, appeared the same year. A new book of short stories, Tail of the Taniwha, is available in August 2016. Her writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, French and Bahasa Indonesia. Her participation is made possible by Creative New Zealand.

 

Anne KENNEDY
New Zealand
2017 Resident

Anne KENNEDY (fiction writer, screenwriter, poet; New Zealand) received the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Award for Poetry for The Darling North; in 2014 her novel The Last Days of the National Costume was a finalist for the New Zealand Post Book Award and was longlisted for the IMPAC-Dublin Award. In 2016 she was in residence at the Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. During her career, she has been an advocate for Maori and Pasifika voices. Her participation is made possible by Creative New Zealand.

New Zealand
2018 Resident

Gina COLE (fiction writer, poet; New Zealand) is the author of Black Ice Matter, which won Best First Book of Fiction at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, and the winner of the 2014 Auckland Pride Festival’s creative writing competition for the poem “Airport Aubade”; her work is widely anthologized.  She was keynote speaker at the 2017 Auckland Writers Festival and the Same Same But Different LGBTQIA+ Writing Festival.  A barrister, she specializes in family law. Her participation is made possible by Creative New Zealand.

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