• Karyn Hay

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    Karyn Hay is an award-winning novelist: her debut novel Emerald Budgies won the New Zealand Society of Authors Hubert Church Best First Book Award in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2001. She was awarded a Frank Sargeson Fellowship in 2004 with a six-month residency in the Frank Sargeson apartments in Auckland, and is currently a literary advisor to the Frank Sargeson Trust. Her latest novel The March Of The Foxgloves was published in December 2016 and was a No.1 bestseller on the New Zealand Fiction list. She has worked as a copywriter, television front person, producer and director, radio announcer, newspaper columnist, and been General Manager of radio station Kiwi FM. She has also been on numerous boards and was the inaugural Chair of Women In Film and Television, Auckland branch.


    The clouds, the power lines and the moon extract from Emerald Budgies included in The Picnic Virgin, new writers chosen by Emily Perkins (Victoria University Press) under pen name Lee Maxwell 1999

    Emerald Budgies published UK and worldwide by Diva Books under pen name Lee Maxwell, and in New Zealand as Karyn Hay by Vintage/Random House 2001. This is both an ebook and audio book.

    Cards VIII and IX extract from novel Winged Helmet, White Horse Karyn Hay published in The Best of New Zealand Fiction Vol 2 (Vintage/Random House) edited by Dame Fiona Kidman. 2005

    A Handy Towel Short story included in Home, new short stories by New Zealand writers, edited by Graeme Lay and Stephen Stratford (Black Swan/Random House) 2005

    1967 a memoir included in Way Back Then, Before We Were Ten, New Zealand writers and childhood, compiled and edited by Graeme Lay and including authors Patricia Grace, Katherine Mansfield, Maurice Shadbolt (David Ling Publishing) 2009

    The March Of The Foxgloves published by Esom House Press Dec 2016. Historical literary fiction.


    Emerald Budgies NZSA Best First Book Award Hubert Church Award for Fiction New Zealand Book Awards 2001

    Awarded Frank Sargeson Fellowship Residential literary fellowship 2004

    The March Of the Foxgloves No 1 on the New Zealand Fiction bestseller list.

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    Emerald Budgies

    March of the Foxgloves

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