Paddy Richardson is the author of two collections of short stories, Choices and If We Were Lebanese and six novels, The Company of a Daughter, A Year to Learn a Woman, Hunting Blind, Traces of Red, Cross Fingers and Swimming in the Dark. She has had her work published overseas; A Year to Learn A Woman (‘Der Frauenfanger’) Hunting Blind (‘Komm Spiel Mit Mir’) and Traces of Red (‘Deine Schuld’) have been published by the German publishers Droemer Knaur and ‘Swimming in the Dark’ has been published by MacMillans, Australia. Hunting Blind, Traces of Red, Cross Fingers and Swimming in the Dark have all been finalists in the Ngaio Marsh Award. Paddy has been awarded three Creative New Zealand Awards, the University of Otago Burns Fellowship in 1997, the Beatson Fellowship in 2007 and the James Wallace Arts Trust Residency Award in 2011 and in 2012 represented New Zealand at both the Leipzig and Frankfurt Book Fairs. She is an experienced teacher of creative writing, has been a speaker at many writing festivals and is a mentor for both NZSA and the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme.
Paddy lives in Broad Bay, Dunedin, and is presently working on her new novel, Cheerio Old Son, which is set during the first world war.