• Pip Adam


    Pip Adam’s writing has been described as ‘a kind of post-post modern fiction – nothing meta, no irony, no narrative arc, no insights or character transformations – the stories are flatline and searing and real’ (Helen Lehndorf, Palmerston North Library). Her diverse work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine, Landfall, Lumière Reader, Hue & Cry, Metro and Overland. She has been runner up for the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition (2007), received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award (2012) and her first collection of short stories, Everything We Hoped For won the NZ Post Best First Book Award (2011). Pip’s short story collection Everything We Hoped For and novel I’m Working on a Building are both published by Victoria University Press. She published her a second novel The New Animals in 2017. Several of Pip’s pieces, responding to visual art, have been published in conjunction with exhibitions. In addition, her words were used by photographer Ann Shelton in her installation House Work.

    In 2007 Pip gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University, followed by a PhD in 2012. Her PhD project explores how engineers describe the built environment.

    Pip is a books reviewer on RNZ’s Jesse Mulligan show and she produces Better off Read a podcast where she talks to writers and other artists about reading. She currently facilitates writing workshops in several universities and Arohata Women’s Prison where she works with the Right Here, Right Now collective.


    Genre:

    • Adult Non-Fiction
    • Fiction

    Skills:

    • Academic writing
    • Broadcast journalism
    • Corporate writing
    • Editing
    • FreelanceWriting
    • Manuscript assessment
    • Mentoring
    • Novelist
    • Print media writing (magazines/newspapers)
    • Proofreading
    • Public speaking
    • Readings (children/schools)
    • Readings (adults)
    • Reviews
    • Short story writing
    • Technical writing
    • Tutoring
    • Website content
    • Workshops (adults)
    • Workshops (children/schools)

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    Wellington

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    Everything We Hoped For

    Winner of the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for fiction 2011.

    Everything We Hoped For is an unusually strong first book, distinguished by an exquisitely crafted surface and barely contained emotional force. A young mother in shocked contemplation of her new baby and young women in rehab and jail feature in mostly short and oblique stories which echo and connect with cumulative power. A broad range of other characters, including a NZ serviceman returned from active duty in Dili, the employees of a $2 Shop and a vegan couple at a Samoan resort complete an impressive contemporary canvas.
    Pip Adam gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University in 2007, and is currently enrolled for a PhD. Her work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine, Lumière Reader, Hue & Cry and Blackmail Press.

    Everything We Hoped For won the NZ Post Best First Book Award in 2011 and is an unusually strong first book, distinguished by an exquisitely crafted surface and barely contained emotional force.


    I'm Working on a Building

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    October 2013

    Everything becomes clearer in reverse – because sometimes, things have to be taken apart to be understood.

    In the near future, an exact replica of the world's tallest tower, Dubai's Burj al Khalifa, is being built on New Zealand's West Coast. It's an exercise in economic stimulation and national confidence-building after a run of natural and financial disasters. Catherine is the engineer in charge of making sure it all works. She feels there is something wrong in the plans. Or is there something wrong in her?

    I’m working on a building follows Catherine from the top of the tower to a geodesic dome in a park in London; from the Grand Lisboa in Macau to student accommodation in Wellington; from a South Auckland theme park to the Pompidou Centre; to reveal the way chance events can undo the best efforts of human beings to plan and build their lives and worlds.

    PIP ADAM gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University in 2007, and a PhD in 2012. Her work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine, Landfall, Lumière Reader, Hue & Cry, Metro and Blackmail Press, and she received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award in 2012. Her collection of short stories won the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction in the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards.

    "Pip Adam is one of the most exciting new writers around." Damien Wilkins.


    The New Animals

    Carla, Sharon and Duey have worked in fashion for longer than they care to remember. For them, there’s nothing new under the sun. They’re Generation X: tired, cynical and sick of being used.

    Tommy, Cal and Kurt are millennials. They’ve come from nowhere, but with their monied families behind them they’re ready to remake fashion. They represent the new sincere, the anti-irony. Both generations are searching for a way out, an alternative to their messed-up reality.

    Pip Adam’s new novel walks the streets of Auckland city now, examining the fashion scene, intergenerational tension and modern life with an unflinching eye. From the wreckage and waste of the 21st century, new animals must emerge.

    Cover art and design by Kerry Ann Lee.

    “Pip Adam is one of the most exciting new writers around.” Damien Wilkins.

    ‘Adam knows how to brew a story to its essence and to infuse an emotional undercurrent that is deeply affecting’
    – Paula Green, NZ Herald


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