Philippa Werry

Philippa Werry is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays for children and adults. Her work has appeared in the School Journal, other educational publications and various anthologies and broadcast on radio. Eight of her books have been named as Storylines Notable Books and a number of titles, both fiction and non-fiction, have been shortlisted for the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, including Enemy at the Gate (2009), Anzac Day: the New Zealand story (2014; also shortlisted for the Lianza Book Awards 2014), Waitangi Day: the New Zealand story (Children's Choice section, 2015), The New Zealand Wars (2018) and The Telegram (2019). Philippa was runner up in the Playmarket Plays for the Young Competition 2010 and a Finalist in the Storylines Joy Cowley Award 2015. She has been shortlisted for the Text Publishing Prize and the Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (three times) and was the recipient of the New Zealand Society of Authors Mid-Career Writers Award in 2010 and a CLNZ/NZSA research grant in 2015. In April 2014, she travelled to Turkey as a member of the Gallipoli Volunteers program to help out at the Anzac Day ceremonies. In April 2016, she was awarded the Anzac Bridge Fellowship, and in December 2016, she went to Antarctica with the Antarctica NZ community engagement programme (formerly Artists and Writers to Antarctica). She was awarded the Easter residency at the Michael King Writers Centre in 2019. Philippa is an online writing tutor, maintains several blogs, is a frequent speaker at book-related events and seminars and visits schools around the country as part of the Writers in Schools programme.


  • Children's Fiction
  • Children's Non-Fiction
  • Drama
  • Fiction
  • History
  • Non-Fiction
  • Plays
  • Young Adult


  • Competition Judging
  • Freelance Writing
  • Manuscript Assessment
  • Mentoring
  • Public Speaking
  • Readings
  • Readings (adults)
  • Research
  • Reviews
  • Workshops (children/schools)






The Telegram (Pipi Press, 2019)

Antarctic Journeys (New Holland, 2019)

The New Zealand Wars (New Holland, 2018)

Armistice Day: the New Zealand story: what it is and why it matters (New Holland, 2016)

Waitangi Day: the New Zealand story: what it is and why it matters (New Holland, 2015)

Harbour Bridge (Scholastic, 2014)

Best mates, illustrated by Bob Kerr (New Holland, 2014)

Dawn Parade, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Ministry of Education, 2014)

Lighthouse family (Scholastic, 2013)

Anzac Day: the New Zealand story: what it is and why it matters (New Holland, 2013)

A girl called Harry (Scholastic, 2010)

Enemy at the gate (Scholastic, 2008)

The great chocolate cake bake off (Scholastic, 2007)