NZSA PEN (NZ) representative

Dana Wensley image-2 copyDr Dana Wensley


Dr Dana Wensley is a professional member of the NZ Society of Authors, and a Committee Member of the Top of the South Branch of the NZ Society of Authors.

Dana writes on issues touching on the intersection of law, society, politics, and morality. Her opinion pieces have been published in the New Zealand Herald, the Otago Daily Times, the Guelph Mercury, and the Winnipeg Free Press. She currently writes a bimonthly column for the NZ Author and a fortnightly piece on PEN for the NZ Society of Authors ‘Literary Bulletin’.

She has a Ph.D. from King’s College, London, an LLB (Hons) from Auckland, an M.A. (Distinction) from King’s College, London, and a postgraduate diploma in writing from the School for Writers, Humber College, Toronto. She has been a Research Fellow at the University of Otago, an assistant editor of the Bulletin of Medical Ethics in London, and a member of the Guelph Mercury Community Editorial Board in Canada. More

Writers in Prison Committee Co-ordinator

Lesley MarshallLesley Marshall


Lesley Marshall is a freelance editor, who also teaches three polytechnic papers, teaches part-time at a couple of primary schools, works as a mentor and assessor for the Society of Authors, is occasionally hired by publishers as an editor, helps judge writing competitions, teaches specialist writing classes for children, and periodically works as an assessor for Whitireia Polytechnic. While she doesn’t spend a lot of time writing, she used to compile crossword puzzles for magazines, and has had a couple of stories on the radio.


Find out more about PEN NZ activities and our Writers In Prison Committee here.