Laurence Fearnley lives in Dunedin and is a novelist and non-fiction writer. Her 2016 novel, The Quiet Spectacular, is set in a wetlands area and relates to her interest in ‘place’ and nature. Her novel The Hut Builder won the fiction category of the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards and was shortlisted for the 2010 Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain writing. Edwin and Matilda was runner-up in the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards and her second novel, Room, was shortlisted for the 2001 Montana Book Awards. Reach, was long-listed for the 2016 Ockham NZ Book Awards. In 2015 she worked alongside mountaineer Lydia Bradey to write Going Up is Easy, a climbing memoir that was a finalist in the Banff Mountain Literature Award. Fearnley was awarded the Artists to Antarctica fellowship and in 2007 the Robert Burns fellowship at the University of Otago.