NZSA President – Siobhan Harvey
Siobhan Harvey is the author of Cloudboy (Otago University Press, 2014) and, as co-editor, Essential New Zealand Poems (Penguin Random House NZ, 2014). Both were New Zealand fiction Top 10 Bestselling books. Harvey is also a lecturer at The Centre for Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology. Her poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in journals and anthologies globally, and she has been a guest at Festivals from Auckland to Indonesia to Manchester and many points inbetween. For 9 years, she was National Coordinator of National Poetry Day. She has co-organised the NZSA’s Writers Lounge series for a number of years and, in 2014, was on the Creative New Zealand 5 Year Plan strategic panel.
Anna Mackenzie – Vice President and Central Districts Regional Delegate
Anna Mackenzie writes contemporary, historic and speculative fiction for adult and young adult audiences and has won numerous awards. She is published by Penguin Random House. Her ninth title, Evie’s War, was released in June 2015. Anna lives on a farm in Hawke’s Bay. Alongside writing she edits magazines, mentors for NZSA and teaches extension creative writing programmes.
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Susan Battye – Northern Districts Regional Delegate
Christchurch born, Susan Battye is an Auckland based educational consultant, playwright, teacher, editor, author and developer of children’s books, short stories and educational e and print based resources.
She has written many plays including; The Shadow of the Valley (with Thelma Eakin, OUP 1980), Living In, The Singing Lesson, Easy as Pie, (Longman Paul), Back Where You Belong (Meriwether USA), Jigsaw (Harcourt Reed NZ). Her dramatic sketch, Kiwis in Paradise was a finalist in the USA 2016 ‘Saving Endangered Species’ International Playwriting Competition. Her award winning short story, Mocked was published by NZSA Top in Horizons 3 (2017).
In addition to her educational titles for NCEA English, Social Studies and Drama with Sigma Publications, User Friendly Resources and ESA Publications, Battye has authored two novels in the Scholastic My Story New Zealand series: The Mine’s Afire! (with Thelma Eakin), shortlisted for the 2010 NZ Post Children’s Book awards and Cup Magic.
Philippa Werry – Wellington Regional Delegate
Philippa Werry is a children’s writer who began her career writing for the School Journal. Since then, her non-fiction, stories, plays and poems have been widely published and several of her children’s novels and non-fiction titles have been shortlisted for book awards or named as Storylines Notable Books. Philippa lives in Wellington; she is an online writing tutor, maintains several blogs and visits schools around the country as part of the Writers in Schools programme.
Ray Berard – Central and Northern South Island Regional Delegate
Ray Berard is a Canadian born Kiwi writer based in Christchurch. He immigrated to New Zealand 1994 and had the fortune to live and work in many parts of the country. Writing was always a passion of his, and 2010 he was able to devote himself full time to writing his first novel, Inside the Black Horse based on a diary he kept during his years working in South Auckland and the Bay of Plenty. The book was released in October 2015 and received considerable critical acclaim, making the NZ Listener’s top 100 books for 2015. The long list for the Dublin International literary award, and winning the Ngaio Marsh Debut Novel in 2016. Ray has been a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors for several years and these days divides his time between help
Vanda Symon – Otago/Southland Regional Delegate
Vanda is the Author of the Detective Sam Shephard crime fiction series and the stand alone thriller The Faceless. She is a three time finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Fiction novel. A Dunedin resident, Vanda produces and hosts a monthly radio show for the Otago Southland NZSA called Write On, broadcast on Otago Access Radio, and is a regular reviewer for National Radio. Among the many roles she enjoys, Vanda is a writing mentor for the NZSA and she was the Chair of Copyright Licensing New Zealand, where she served on the Board for four years.
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