List of Mentors for NZSA Mentor Programme

Pip Adam

Area: Wellington
Genre: Fiction
Member of NZSA, Academy of New Zealand Literature

Pip Adam’s diverse work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine, Landfall, Lumière Reader, Hue & Cry, Metro and Overland. Her second novel The New Animals won the 2018 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham Awards. 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. 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 Write Where You Are collective.

I have published a short story collection called Everything We Hoped For and three novels I’m Working on a Building, The New Animals and Nothing to See. My work has also appeared in journals here and overseas. I produce the podcast Better off Read where I talk to writers about books. I love to write about music, art and work.At the moment I’m working on a new novel about a group of women who start as one person and become two exact copies of themselves.

Rosetta Allan

Area: Auckland
Genre: Fiction

Rosetta is a writer of prose who spent her formative writing years developing strengths in the area of poetry – writing, performing, and supporting poetry events in her hometown of Auckland.

Rosetta’s work is widely anthologised, and she has published two volumes of poetry: ‘Little Rock’, and ‘Over Lunch’. Her first novel, ‘Purgatory’, was published by Penguin Books in 2014. Purgatory was well-received, it remained on the Nielsen Weekly Bestsellers List for four months, and was selected as an Apple iBook ‘Top Ten Best Reads of 2014’. Her second novel ‘The Unreliable People’ remained a best seller for four months also. She is currently completing her third novel.

Rosetta won the 2010 Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award, 2010 Metonymy Poetry Award, 2011 South Pacific Writer’s Lab Internship. In 2017, Rosetta completed her Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland (First Class Honours) and was awarded a Sir James Wallace Masters of Creative Writing Scholarship. Rosetta was recently the first New Zealand writer in residence at the St Petersburg Art Residency in Russia. Her second novel ‘The Unreliable People’, set in Kazakhstan and Russia, was released by Penguin Random House, May 2019. She is currently the Creative NZ/University of Waikato Writer in Residence.
Rosetta is a reviewer for ANZL and Canvas. She has mentored for MIT and The Creative Hub. Taught at the University of Auckland, University of Waikato, MIT, and The Creative Hub. She is regularly an external marker for Masters of Creative Writing for both The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology.

Diane Brown

Area: Dunedin
Genre: Memoir, poetry, fiction

Diane Brown is a novelist, memoirist, and poet who runs an online and face to face creative writing school, Creative Writing Dunedin, teaching fiction, memoir and poetry.

She has published eight books: two collections of poetry – Before The Divorce We Go To Disneyland, (Tandem Press 1997) and Learning to Lie Together, ( Godwit, 2004); two novels, If The Tongue Fits, (Tandem Press, 1999) and Eight Stages of Grace, (Vintage, 2002) – a verse novel which was a finalist in the Montana Book Awards 2003. Also, a travel memoir, Liars and Lovers (Vintage, 2004); and a prose/poetic travel memoir; Here Comes Another Vital Moment (Godwit, 2006), a poetic memoir, Taking My Mother To The Opera, Otago University Press (2015) and a poetic novella, Every Now and Then I Have Another Child, Otago University Press (2020).

She always likes to straddle the line between prose and poetry and between fiction and non/fiction. She is commencing work on a poetic memoir, The Women Between the Lines, tracing the lives of her maternal ancestors.

She has held the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship and and has had two residencies at the Michael King Writer’s Studio, in 2005 and 2019. She won the Janet Frame Memorial Award in 2012 and the Beatson Fellowship in 2013.

She has been the Dunedin organiser of National Poetry Day for a number of years and is the Poetry Editor for ‘The Mix’ in the Otago Daily Times. 

In 2013 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to writing and education. She lives in Dunedin with her husband, author Philip Temple.

Catherine Chidgey

Area: Waikato / Ngāruawāhia
Genre: Adult fiction

Catherine Chidgey is a multiple award-winner whose novels have attracted international acclaim. In a Fishbone Church, her debut, won Best First Book at both the New Zealand book awards and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (South-East Asia and South Pacific region). In the UK it also won the Betty Trask Award and was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her second novel, Golden Deeds, was a Best Book in the LA Times Book Review and a Notable Book of the Year in the New York Times Book Review. Her novel The Wish Child won the 2017 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize – New Zealand’s richest writing prize. Radio New Zealand called it ‘a brilliant, brilliant novel…a masterpiece’, and The Times (UK) ‘a remarkable book with a stunningly original twist’. Other honours include the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award, the $60,000 Prize in Modern Letters and the Janet Frame Fiction Prize. Her latest novel is Remote Sympathy: ‘You are in the hands of a superb writer…it is profoundly wonderful.’ (Radio New Zealand)

Catherine has translated many children’s books from the German and in 2019 published her first children’s book, Jiffy, Cat Detective. She teaches creative writing at the University of Waikato, where in 2019 she initiated the Sargeson Prize short story competition. She lives in Ngāruawāhia with her husband, daughter and odd-eyed cats.

Majella Cullinane

Area: Otago Southland
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories and Poetry
Website: wiki/Majella_Cullinane

Majella Cullinane was born and raised in Ireland, and has been living in New Zealand since 2008. In 2014, she was awarded the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. She has previously received a Sean Dunne Young Writer’s Award for Poetry, the Hennessy XO/Sunday Tribune Literary Award for Emerging Poetry, and also an Irish Arts Council Award to study for an MLitt. in Creative Writing at St. Andrew’s University Scotland.

She has an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University, and completed her BA in English and Italian at the University of Dublin. She’s been short-listed for awards in historical fiction, short stories and essays, and has previously held Fellowship and Writer-in-Residence positions in Ireland and Scotland. In 2011, she published her first poetry collection Guarding the Flame with Salmon Poetry Ireland and her second poetry collection ‘Whisper Of A Crow’s Wing’ was published by Otago University Press and Salmon Poetry, Ireland in 2018. Her debut novel ‘The Life of De’Ath’ was longlisted for the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. She completed her PhD in Creative Practice at Otago University last year and was recently hightly commended in the 2020 Sargeson Prize for short stories.

Chris Else

Area: Dunedin
Genre: Novel, short story, non-fiction Founder member NZAMA/NZALA

His publications include six novels – Brainjoy (1998), Why Things Fall (1992), Beetle in the Box (2001), On River Road (2004), Black Earth/White Bones (2007) and Gith (2008) – as well as two volumes of short stories (Endangered Species 1997 and Dreams of Pythagoras 1981). Why Things Fall was also published in Australia in 1993. His short stories have been widely anthologised.

He has worked as a creative writing teacher for over twenty years. In 1988 he set up TFS, a literary agency and assessment service, and is a founder member of the associations the NZ Association
of Literary Agents and the NZ Association of Manuscript Assessors. Many new and experienced writers, including Alan Duff, Rachael Craw and Emma Neale, have acknowledged Chris’s help in bringing their work to publication.

Bronwyn Elsmore

Area: Auckland
Genre: Adult fiction, short story, non-fiction, plays

Bronwyn is an award and prize winning writer of short stories, books, plays and articles. She has been an occasional teacher of creative writing.

Bronwyn is the author of 12 books and hundreds of other publications. Her short stories have been published in the Listener, Radio NZ, Takahē, and many other publications, her most recent book is a collection of 32 stories. She has also had numerous plays staged. In a past life she was a university lecturer and has authored work for academic publications. These days, however, she concentrates on writing fiction and patting cats.

Michelle Elvy

Area: Northland
Genre: fiction (novel, short story, flash fiction); hybrid novella or novels in flash fiction/ poetry; creative nonfiction and travel; memoir; YA

Michelle Elvy is a writer and editor in Ōtepoti Dunedin. Her poetry, fiction, travel writing, creative nonfiction and reviews have been widely published and anthologised. Her book, the everrumble, is a small novel in small forms and called ‘an homage to our beleaguered planet’.

Michelle is founder of National Flash Fiction Day NZ and Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction. She is also Reviews Editor of Landfall. Her current anthology projects include Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand, co-edited with Paula Morris and James Norcliffe (OUP, 2020), and Love in the Time of COVID: A Chronicle of a Pandemic, which she is curating in 2020/21 with Witi Ihimaera ( Other anthology work includes Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (CUP 2018) and the Best Small Fictions series (annual since 2015).

A Fulbright scholar and Watson Fellow, Michelle is also a Pushcart nominee and recipient of the NZ Society of Authors/ Auckland Museum Library grant and the NZSA Mentorship programme award. She has judged various competitions hosted in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad, including the South Island Writers’ Association, the International Writers’ Workshop, the Whangarei Poetry Walk, NorthWrite’s collaboration competition, the NYC Challenge and the Bath Flash Fiction Award, as well as the 2021 Bath Novella-in-Flash Award.

Giovanna (Gigi) Fenster

Area: Ōtaki
Genre: I am open to all prose genre. Not poetry.

Gigi has a PhD and Masters in Creative Writing, and various law degrees. Her first book, a novel called The Intentions Book was published by VUP in 2013. Her second book, Feverish was a work of nonfiction, published in 2017. Her novel, A Good Winter was the winner of the 2020 Michael Gifkins Award, and will be published by Text Publishing in 2021. She has published stories in various literary journals and she has facilitated creative writing workshops.

Mandy Hager

Area: Paraparaumu, Wellington
Genre: all except poetry and flash fiction

Mandy Hager is a multi-award winning writer of fiction for young adults. In 2019 she was awarded the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people. She has won the LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction 3 times (‘Smashed’ 2008, ‘The Nature of Ash’ 2013, ‘Dear Vincent’ 2014), the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards for YA fiction (‘The Crossing’ 2010), an Honour Award in the 1996 AIM Children’s Book Awards (‘Tom’s Story’), Golden Wings Excellence Award (‘Juno Lucina,’ 2002), Golden Wings Award (‘Run For The Trees’, 2003) and Six Notable Book Awards.

She has also been awarded the 2012 Beatson Fellowship, the 2014 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship and the 2015 Waikato University Writer in Residence.

In 2015 her novel ‘Singing Home the Whale’ was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award, and the Best Young Adult fiction Award from the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It has also been named a 2016 IBBY Honour Book, an international award. Her historical novel for adults, ‘Heloise’, was long-listed for the Ockham Book Awards. Her latest novel is political thriller ‘Ash Arising’ (Storylines Notable Book and shortlisted for the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.)

She is a trained teacher, with an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts (Whitireia) and an MA in Creative Writing for Victoria University. She also writes adult fiction, short stories, non-fiction, educational resources, blogs and articles, and tutored the Novel Course for Whitireia’s Creative Writing Programme for ten years. She is currently President of NZSA.

Siobhan Harvey

Area: Auckland
Genre: Poetry, stories, novels, nonfiction (including creative nonfiction).

Siobhan Harvey is a poet, fiction and creative nonfiction author, editor, mentor and Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Centre for Creative Writing, AUT. Her most recent books are Cloudboy (OUP, 2014) and, as co-editor, the bestselling anthology, Essential New Zealand Poems (Penguin Random House NZ, 2014). Her fiction has been published in Griffith Review 49: New Asia (Aus), Landfall and Asia Literary Review 28 (HK), broadcast on National Radio and recently won the 2016 Write Well Award (US). Her creative nonfiction has been selected as highly commended in 2013 Landfall Essay Prize and runner up in 2011 Landfall Essay Competition, and published in Atlas, Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future (Aus), Landfall, Segue (Miami University Press) and Pilgrimage (Colorado State University Press), and is forthcoming in the anthology, Memoirs of the Feminine Divine (US). Additionally, she is winner of the 2013 Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry, runner up in the 2014 and 2015 New Zealand Poetry Society’s International Poetry Competitions and shortlisted for the Janet Frame Memorial Awards (2012, 2014 & 2016), as well as runner up in 2012 Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize (Aus) and 2012 Kevin Ireland Poetry Competition. Between 2006 and 2013 she coordinated New Zealand’s National Poetry Day.

Siobhan’s work is often described as lyrical, engaging language, imagery and ideas in unusual and provocative ways. She has a Poet’s Page on The Poetry Archive (UK), co-directed by Sir Andrew Motion. Harvey won 2019 Kathleen Grattan Award for a Sequence of Poems and 2019 Robert Burns Poetry Prize. She was also awarded 2020 NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship. A new book, Ghosts is forthcoming from Otago University Press in 2021.

Karyn Hay

Area: Auckland
Genre: Literary fiction, short story, non-fiction, radio

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. Karyn Hay profile

Penelope Jackson

Area: Tauranga
Genre: Creative non-fiction

Penelope Jackson is a freelance writer and curator. She holds an M.Phil (University of Queensland) in Art History, MA (Hons) in Art History (University of Auckland). The author of Edward Bullmore: A Surrealist Odyssey (2008) and The Brown Years: Nigel Brown (2009), she has contributed to The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and several journals including Art New Zealand, Art Monthly Australia, Studies in Travel Writing, Journal of Art Crime and Katherine Mansfield Studies. As a curator, Jackson is perhaps best known for her work with writer and illustrator, Lynley Dodd, having curated three exhibitions that have toured across New Zealand and Australia. She also curated the popular Corrugations: the art of Jeff Thomson (2013) which won the 2013 Exhibition of the Year under $20K Museums Aotearoa. Jackson is the Chair of the New Zealand Art Crime Research Trust in 2016 contributed a chapter to Art Crime and Its Prevention (Lund Humphries). In 2016 her book Art Thieves, Fakers and Fraudsters: The New Zealand Story (Awa Press) was published. Jackson’s latest book, Females in the Frame: Women, Art, and Crime (Palgrave Macmillan) was published in 2019. During the 2020 lock down Jackson began to write short fiction and her story, ‘The Knee Connoisseur’, was selected for the 4W31 [short story anthology], Booranga Writers Centre/Charles Sturt University. Jackson is based in Tauranga.

Caroline Lark

Area: Auckland
Genre: Fiction – Novel, Novella, Short Stories, Stage Plays, Radio Plays, Poetry, Memoir

Caroline Lark is a fiction writer, poet and playwright, published in UK, France, NZ and Australia. She was the winner of the Hazard Press/Quote Unquote Fiction Award in 1995 with her novella, Days; her poetry collection, A Messy Affair, was published by Steele Roberts in 2011; three radio plays have been produced by Radio NZ; her latest stage play, Eros, was performed at The Court Theatre in Christchurch in 2010. She was born in London, studied at the University of Cambridge, UK, (Fine Arts, Philosophy, Psychology of Education tripos, BEd Hons) and Anglia Ruskin University, UK, (Postgraduate Diploma English Studies). Her work is collected in the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Poetry Library, London, and on the Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. Caroline has taught Creative Writing (Poetry, Fiction, Playwriting, Writing for Radio) at the University of Canterbury, the University of Auckland, Waiheke Island Summer Schools 2013 and 2014 and over the last decade at the University of Otago Summer School. She runs writing courses on Waiheke Island where she lives: Fiction & Memoir 2019; Radio Writing 2019. She provides supervisions and gives tutorials for short story writers, novelists, poets, playwrights, radio writers and memoirists.

Dr Susanna Lyle

Area: Northland
Genre: non-fiction, science, academic, education, natural history

In addition to being an artist, Susanna is the author of numerous non-fiction books and magazine articles on a series of wide-ranging topics.  Her first book “Discovering Fruit and Nuts” was published in 2006 and is released in NZ, Australia, USA and Europe.

She has extensive tutoring experience (including in creative writing) and hold a BSc Hons and PhD in Biological Science.

Janice Marriott

Area: Auckland
Genre: Children’s novels and picture books, adult novels, and memoir

Janice Marriott is a writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction for adult and child readers. Her children’s novels have won the Supreme Award, Senior Fiction Award, the Junior Fiction Award, and been a finalist in the Non-Fiction section of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. She has been awarded the Ester Glen Medal for her children’s writing and the Margaret Mahy Medal in 2018. She’s written children’s material for TV, radio, and the educational market.

For adults she has written four books of memoir, Common Ground being the first, and Changing Lives the most recent. She has been a weekly columnist for the Herald on Sunday, and a gardening columnist for the last nine years. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines and on radio. Her most recent book is Grandparents Talk, published in 2016.

Her main focus now is helping others write their stories. She is a member of the NZ Association of Manuscript Assessors, and runs a popular online tutoring business for emerging writers, through  Several of her students have won book awards themselves.

Lesley Marshall

Area: Northland
Genre: Editing (non-fiction, fiction, short story), Member of NZAMA
Website: Editline

Lesley Marshall runs Editline, a freelance editing service in Northland. She has over 40 years’ experience in editing and assessing general fiction, short stories, thrillers, romances, historical novels, women’s fiction, sci-fi, plays and family histories. She always tries to edit within the writer’s voice and style. Lesley has edited many award-winning short stories one of which was made into a film. She is currently teaching on-line writing and editing papers for NorthTec, and co-editing a national magazine. On an occasional basis she has edited manuscripts for various publishing houses, and is a regular appraiser, assessor and mentor for the New Zealand Society of Authors. Lesley is a member of the Institute of Professional Editors and was a founding member of the NZ Association of Manuscript Assessors.

Sue McCauley

Area: Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa
Genre: novel, short story, drama, screenwriting.

For thirty five years I made a living as a writer in New Zealand. As well as work for TV, stage and radio I published five novels, two books of collected short stories, one non-fiction title. My first novel, Other Halves, won two major awards and was made into a film, and subsequent books were shortlisted for awards. I also edited of a number of story collections and taught creative writing. This all feels like a long time ago! In recent years I have mentored/ assessed numerous writers for NZSA and for The Creative Hub in Auckland. I live with my husband and numerous animals in southern Hawkes Bay.
Titles. Novels: Other Halves, Then again, Bad Music, A Fancy Man, Tropic of Guile. Story collections: It Could be You, Life on Earth. Non fiction: Escape from Bosnia – Aza’s Story.

Rae McGregor

Area: Auckland
Genre: Fiction, and non-fiction.

Rae has written five books.  Three biographies a children’s story and a novel.  She has also had short stories published.

Rae works as a full time writer and assessor and reviews regularly for National Radio both fiction and non-fiction work.

She is also closely involved with theatre and has directed several plays for Howick Little Theatre and for Dolphin Theatre.

Cilla McQueen

Area: Otago/Southland
Genre: Poetry

Cilla (MA Hons, Hon Litt D (Otago) has published fourteen collections of her poetry, most recently Markings (2000), Axis (2001), Soundings (2002), Fire-penny (2005), a CD of poetry and music, A Wind Harp (2006), The Radio Room (2010), Edwin’s Egg (2014), the letterpress book ‘An Island’ (2014), ‘In A Slant Light, a poet’s memoir’ (2016). Poeta (Otago University Press) 2018She has taught English, modern languages and creative writing.

Her poetry has won three New Zealand Book Awards and she has been the recipient of several travel awards and fellowships, notably the Robert Burns Fellowship in 1985 and 1986, the inaugural Australia-New Zealand Writers’ Exchange Fellowship, a Fulbright Visiting Writer’s Fellowship and a Goethe Institute scholarship to Berlin. She was the 2009-11 New Zealand National Library Poet Laureate and in 2010 received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry. Cilla works full-time as a writer.

Diana Menefy

Area: Northland
Genre: Fiction, non-fiction, adults, children’s and YA. I prefer not to cover science fiction or fantasy and no poetry

In addition to being an experienced tutor and course designer, Diana has had novels and short stories published and numerous articles for newspapers, magazines and educational organisations. She has written five commissioned local histories, the last being the centenary history of Whangarei Hospital for Northland Health, two non-fiction books aimed at the tourist market, and four novels.

Her second novel ‘Shadow of the Boyd’ was shortlisted for NZ Post Children’s Book Awards and won the LIANZA Esther Glen medal in 2011. Her novel ‘1915 Wounds of War’, was the second book in the Scholastic WW1 Series Kiwis At War, and has recently had its third reprint.

Diana’s first picture book ‘I Had a Brother’ came out in July this year with OneTree House Publishing. She has another junior historical novel Chasing Silver with a publisher, and is now working on a contemporary YA novel Judging is Lethal and writing script for her local museum exhibitions.

Kyle Mewburn

Area: Central Otago
Genre: Picture books, general children’s fiction

Kyle Mewburn has published numerous picture books, junior fiction and School Readers. These books have been published in 23 countries and won numerous awards.

Old Hu-hu (Scholastic 2009) won the 2010 NZ Post Children’s Book of the Year. Melu (Scholastic 2012) won the NZ Post Best Picture Book category at the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards in 2013 and was a White Raven title for 2012.  Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! (Scholastic 2006) won both the Best Picture Book and Children’s Choice categories at the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards in 2007, as well as the Flicker Tale Award in North Dakota, USA. Kyle’s best-selling junior fiction series Dinosaur Rescue has been sold into over 20 countries. Kyle was Children’s Writer-in-Residence at Otago University in 2011 and was President of the NZSA till 2017. Kyle’s first junior novel, A Crack in the Sky (Scholastic 2010), was written while participating in the NZSA Mentorship programme, under the guidance of David Hill.

Judy L Mohr

Area: Christchurch
Thrillers (including Romantic Suspense), Fantasy (including Paranormal Romance), Science Fiction, Crime, Novels and Short Story

Kiwi Judy L Mohr is a writer, developmental editor, and writing coach. Judy has worked with writers from around the world, helping them reach for their own publication goals. Her preferred genres for editorial work include thrillers, mystery/crime, fantasy, and science fiction. She holds an editorial accreditation from OpenColleges Australia, in addition to her academic qualifications, and is a Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Editors, Inc. (IPEd). For some tips and tricks for writing fiction, visit the Editor’s Blog at

Affiliations: Member of NZSA, RWNZ, Sisters in Crime (Guppy chapter), Professional member of Institute of Professional Editors, Inc. (IPEd)

Lee Murray

Area: Tauranga
Genre: Fiction, adult/YA/MG, short story. Special interest in speculative and dark fiction projects

Lee is a multi-award-winning writer and editor of science fiction, fantasy, and horror (Sir Julius Vogel, Australian Shadows) and a three-time Bram Stoker Award® nominee. Her works include the Taine McKenna military thrillers (Severed Press), and supernatural crime-noir series The Path of Ra, co-written with Dan Rabarts (Raw Dog Screaming Press), debut short story collection, Grotesque: Monster Stories (Things in the Well), as well as several books for children.

She is proud to have edited sixteen speculative works, including award-winning titles Baby Teeth: Bite Sized Tales of Terror and At the Edge (with Dan Rabarts), Te Kōrero Ahi Kā (with Grace Bridges and Aaron Compton), and Hellhole: An Anthology of Subterranean Terror (Adrenaline Press). She is the co-founder of Young New Zealand Writers and the Wright-Murray Residency for Speculative Fiction Writers, and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2019. In February 2020,

Lee was made an Honorary Literary Fellow in the New Zealand Society of Authors Waitangi Day Honours. Lee lives in New Zealand’s sunny Bay of Plenty where she dreams up stories from her office overlooking a cow paddock.

Dan Myers

Area: New Zealand / Santa Fe
Genre: Most types of fiction.

Daniel Myers is a retired literary agent. He founded Wordlink Literary Agency in New Zealand, and later expanded with offices in the USA and Europe. In addition to the agency, he is also a novelist – The Second Favorite Son (2004) and Corporate Blue (2007), short story writer, essayist, editor and publisher (AELink Publications, Inc.– publishers of language training materials for pilots and air traffic controllers). He also has more than 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry as a pilot and air traffic controller. He now focuses on his own writing and divides his time between New Zealand and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

James Norcliffe

Area: Canterbury
Genre: Poetry, fiction for young people, short story

James has had many years’ experience as a writer and editor. He has published ten collections of poetry, most recently Villon in Millerton, Shadow Play, Dark Days at the Oxygen Café, Deadpan and a collection of poems for younger people Packing A Bag for Mars; twelve novels for young people, including the YA fantasy The Loblolly Boy which made the USSBY list of best foreign children’s books published in the USA, its successor The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer, and more recently The Enchanted Flute, Felix and the Red Rats, The Pirates and the Nightmaker, Twice Upon a Time, and the just released Mallory, Mallory: the Revenge of the Tooth Fairy which will be followed by a second Mallory novel next year. Another novel for young people The Crate is also scheduled for 2021.

He has written a collection of short stories, The Chinese Interpreter. A novel for adults The Frog Prince is forthcoming from Penguin Random.
He is an editor for the on-line journal Flash Frontier and has edited anthologies of poetry and the annual ReDraft anthologies of writing by young people. He has co-edited major poetry and short fiction anthologies most recently Bonsai (with Michelle Elvy & Frankie McMillan) and this year’s Ko Aotearoa Tatou: We Are New Zealand with Michelle Elvy & Paula Morris..

He has twice won the NZ Poetry Society’s International Poetry Award, been short listed for the Montana poetry awards for Letters to Dr Dee, and won an honour award for The Emerald Encyclopaedia at the NZ Children’s Book Awards. The Assassin of Gleam was short listed for the Esther Glen Medal, and won the Sir Julius Vogel Award. In 2010 The Loblolly Boy also short listed for the Esther Glen Award and won the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Junior Fiction Award. The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer, Felix and the Red Rats and The Pirates and the Nightmaker were shortlisted for the NZ Post Children’s Junior Fiction Awards.

James has been invited to a number of international poetry festivals and has been awarded a number of residencies including the Burns Fellowship, the Iowa International Writers Programme, and the University Of Otago College Of Education Creative New Zealand Fellowship for Children’s Writing.

With Bernadette Hall, he was presented with a Press Literary Liaisons Honour Award for lasting contribution to literature in the South Island.

Vincent O’Malley

Area: Wellington
Genre: History, non-fiction

Vincent O’Malley is a historian who has written and published extensively on the history of Māori and Pākehā relations in nineteenth century New Zealand.

Born and raised in Christchurch, he moved to Wellington in 1993 on a short-term contract researching Treaty claims and more than 25 years later remains in the capital, working for iwi, the Waitangi Tribunal and other parties in the claims resolution process.

It is through that work that he realised that this rich seam of New Zealand history was virtually unknown outside a relatively small group of claimants, lawyers and Tribunal officials. And so he began to publish some of his own research findings, including his widely-acclaimed and best-selling 2016 work on the Waikato War, which drew in part on earlier research for the Tribunal’s Rohe Pōtae (King Country) inquiry. It was through a similar desire to make this history accessible to a wide audience that he established this blog in 2012.

His books include: Agents of Autonomy: Māori Committees in the Nineteenth Century (Huia, 1998); The Beating Heart: A Political and Socio-Economic History of Te Arawa (Huia, 2008); The Treaty of Waitangi Companion: Māori and Pākehā from Tasman to Today (Auckland University Press, 2010); The Meeting Place: Māori and Pākehā Encounters, 1642-1840 (Auckland University Press, 2012); Beyond the Imperial Frontier: The Contest for Colonial New Zealand (Bridget Williams Books, 2014);  Haerenga: Early Māori Journeys Across the Globe (Bridget Williams Books, 2015); The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000 (Bridget Williams Books, 2016); and The New Zealand Wars/Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa (Bridget Williams Books, 2019).

He was the 2014 J D Stout Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, where he worked on his new history of the Waikato War (The Great War for New Zealand), and is a founding partner of HistoryWorks, a Wellington-based research consultancy specialising in Treaty of Waitangi research. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Canterbury and a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington.

Nicky Pellegrino

Area: Auckland
Genre: Commercial/popular fiction

Nicky Pellegrino is the author of 12 novels that are published internationally and are best-sellers in New Zealand. She also writes non-fiction and has a career as a magazine journalist, with a regular column in the Listener. Previously she was the editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly.

Her 2019 novel, A Dream of Italy, was the most popular work of NZ fiction that year and her writing combines themes of family, food, friendship, travel and love with often grittier topics. She is passionate about well crafted commercial fiction and skilled storytelling.

Kiri Piahana-Wong

Area: Auckland
Genre: Poetry

Kiri Piahana-Wong is of Māori (Ngāti Ranginui), Chinese and Pākehā (English) ancestry. She is a poet and editor, and is the publisher at Anahera Press. Anahera publishes and promotes the work of Māori and Pasifika poets, and has also published one novel. Anahera’s books have been frequent award nominees, including two longlist placings and one shortlist placing in the Ockham NZ Book Awards, and finalist placings in the Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards.

Kiri’s poetry has appeared in over forty journals and anthologies, including Landfall, Essential NZ Poems, Poetry NZ, Puna Wai Kōrero, Bonsai: The Big Book of Small Stories, Atlanta Review, Set Me on Fire (Doubleday anthology, UK), Ora Nui, Tātai Whetū: Seven Māori Women Poets in Translation, Takahē, A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children, Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems, Solid Air, and more. She has one full-length collection, Night Swimming (2013), and a second, Tidelines, is forthcoming. Kiri was an MC at Poetry Live, NZ’s longest-running live poetry venue, for six years.

Kiri has worked in the publishing industry, primarily as an editor, for over fifteen years. She started her editing career working in legal publishing and went on to work as a freelance editor and book project manager. She has also worked for AUP and Huia. For the last five years Kiri has specialised in poetry editing and manuscript assessment. She has a particular interest in writing by poets of colour and those who are marginalised by the mainstream.

Ruby Porter

Area: Auckland
Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry

Ruby Porter is a prose-writer, poet and artist. She was the winner of the Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Award in 2017, and the inaugural winner of the Michael Gifkins Prize in 2018, with her debut novel Attraction. Attraction was written during her Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland, and published in 2019 by Melbourne-based Text Publishing. It is distributed throughout Australia, New Zealand and North America. Her poetry, short fiction and nonfiction has been published in Newsroom, Milly Mag, Recess Mag, Geometry Journal, Antithesis Journal, Aotearotica, The Wireless and The Spinoff. A recorded selection of her poetry is available on New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre.

Ruby teaches creative writing at the University of Auckland, The Creative Hub, and in high schools. She has fifteen years’ experience as a tutor, and five years’ experience as a writing tutor.

Vivienne Plumb

Area: South Wairarapa
Genre: general fiction, poetry, drama

Vivienne Plumb is an award-winning poet, fiction writer (long and short), dramatist and creative nonfiction writer, with a B.A. (English Lit, Art History), M.A. (Creative Writ) and D.C.A. (Aust, Doctor in Creative Arts). She is based in South Wairarapa, and since she began writing at age 40 years, she has been the recipient of many residencies (Sargeson, University of Auckland/Michael King, University of Iowa, Hong Kong Baptist University, Varuna Writers Centre Australia, Massey University, University of Canterbury, 2018 Creative NZ Berlin Residency). She has worked in the arts all her life (previously working in the theatre) and has over nineteen publications in the areas mentioned above. Her interests include reading historical texts, food and its historical and sociological importance, theatre, poetry, state housing in Australia and NZ, jazz, NZ missionaries, and journals, daybooks, logbooks and diaries.

Sue Reidy

Area: Auckland
Genre: Adult fiction, Memoir, Crime fiction, YA fiction, Middle-grade fiction, Self-development

Sue Reidy is an Auckland-based novelist, freelance writer, manuscript assessor and poet. Three of her novels have been published internationally (The Visitation, Four Ways to be a Woman, L’Amore Secondo Miranda). Her collection of short stories (Modettes) was published locally. Her novel The Visitation was shortlisted in the NZ Montana Book Awards. She is a former Buddle Findlay Sargeson literary fellow and a former BNZ Katherine Mansfield short story winner. She has also been runner-up in the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award. Her short stories have been anthologised and broadcast on Radio National. Sue’s poetry has been published in the Listener, Landfall, Jaam, Takahē, Bravado and International Literary Quarterly. She has participated in 15 local and three international literary festivals (Sydney, Brisbane, Wellington)

Sue has been a mentor and an external examiner on the AUT Creative Writing Programme (2009) and is a former mayoral speech writer (Manukau Mayor Sir Barry Curtis). She has had extensive experience assessing manuscripts in a wide range of genres, reflecting her broad reading background.

Paddy Richardson

Area: Dunedin
Genre: Novel including crime and historical, Short story

Paddy Richardson is the author of two collections of short stories, ‘Choices’ and ‘If We Were Lebanese’ and eight novels, ‘The Company of a Daughter’, ‘A Year to Learn a Woman’,’ Hunting Blind’, ‘Traces of Red’, ‘Cross Fingers’, ‘Swimming in the Dark’, ‘Through the Lonesome Dark’ and, her latest, to be published in 2021,’By the Green of the Spring’. ‘Traces of Red’ and ‘Cross Fingers’ were long-listed for the Ngaio Marsh Crime Fiction Award and ‘Hunting Blind’ and ‘Swimming in the Dark’ were short-listed. Her novels have been published in Germany and in Australia. ‘Through the Lonesome Dark’ was short-listed for the New Zealand Historical Novel Award and long-listed for The Dublin International Literature Award.

Paddy has been awarded Creative New Zealand Awards, the University of Otago Burns Fellowship, the Beatson Fellowship and the James Wallace Arts Trust Residency Award. She has been a guest at many writing festivals and was one of the New Zealand writer representatives at both the Leipzig and Frankfurt Book fairs in 2012 when New Zealand was the guest of honour. In 2019, she was awarded the Randell Cottage residency in Wellington where she spent 6 months writing and researching her latest novel. In 2020, she was awarded a virtual writer’s residency in Norwich.

Paddy has judged many writing awards and is an experienced mentor and teacher of creative writing.

Joan Rosier-Jones

Area: Whanganui
Genre: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Joan Rosier-Jones writes fiction and non-fiction. She has also written and had two plays produced. She began her working life as a teacher, and now combines her two passions – writing and teaching by running classes and writers’ retreats for adults and working with the NZA programmes for emerging writers. She has taught creative writing for several institutions – University of Auckland, UNITEC, and local community education services. Several of her students have gained success in the world of publishing. Her popular, So You Want to Write, a guide for aspiring authors, was updated and reprinted in 2018. Other similar subjects include family history writing, book publicity and marketing. She is the author of several courses for the NZ Institute of Business Studies, and has published a number of novels since her first book, Cast Two Shadows, described as a ‘powerfully realistic novel’, was released in 1985. A true murder mystery, The Murder of Chow Yat, was published in 2009. Her last novel, Waiting for Elizabeth, was set in Tudor Ireland. Doing it My Way is an Egyptian memoir, which she co-wrote with Egyptian entrepreneur, Elhamy Elzayat and her latest publication is Literary Whanganui which is based on literary walks and bus tours she has organised over the last 15 years.

Tina Shaw

Area: Taupo
Genre: all genres except for romance and picture books

Tina Shaw is the author of literary novels: Birdie, Dreams of America, City of Reeds, Paradise, The Black Madonna and The Children’s Pond. She has held the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship, the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency, and the University of Waikato Writer-In-Residence. Tina has published junior fiction and in the children’s educational market, and her 2009 YA novel About Griffen’s Heart (Longacre Press) was named a Storylines Notable Book for 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2010 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards.

Her YA manuscript, Ursa, won the 2018 Storylines Tessa Duder Award and was published in 2019 by Walker Books. Ursa went on to claim a 2020 a Storylines Notable Book award and was a finalist in the 2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young People. Tina was also editor of the Bateman NZ Writer’s Handbook (6th edition). She is a creative writing tutor, manuscript assessor, mentor, external examiner for AUT’s Master of Creative Writing, editor of NZ Author and has been a NZAMA member for more than 18 years. Her latest work, Ephemera, was published in March 2020 with Cloud Ink Press.

Elizabeth Smither

Area: New Plymouth
Genre: poetry, short story, novel

Elizabeth Smither has published 18 collections of poetry, was Te Mata poet laureate (2001-3), and was awarded an HonDLitt by Auckland University and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2008. She also writes novels, journals and short stories, and is widely published in Australia, Britain and USA. Her latest poetry collection, ‘Night Horse’ won the Ockham poetry award 2018.

Vanda Symon

Area: Otago
Genre: Crime fiction/ general fiction / non-fiction

Vanda Symon has had four crime fiction novels in the Detective Sam Shepherd series and a stand-alone crime fiction novel, The Faceless, published by Penguin New Zealand. Her novels have also been translated into German and are being published in Britain. She is a three-time finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. Overkill was short-listed for the 2019 British CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award.

Vanda is also involved in broadcasting – producing and hosting a monthly radio show on books and writers, and has reviewed books for National Radio. This has given her experience in critiquing both fiction and non-fiction work. She has been a book awards judge for the NZ Post Book awards, and the Ngaio Marsh Awards for Best Crime Novel. Vanda has a PhD in science communication, and a professional background in Pharmacy.

Melinda Szymanik

Area: Auckland
Genre: Picture Books, Junior Fiction and Young Adult Fiction

Melinda Szymanik has published children’s and YA novels, picture books, and short stories (in both trade and educational publications). Her picture book, Fuzzy Doodle, was a 2017 White Ravens selection, a 2017 Storylines Notable Book, a finalist in the 2017 NZ CYA Book Awards and was selected for the 2017 Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge. Her novel, A Winter’s Day in 1939, won Librarian’s Choice at the 2014 LIANZA Awards, was a Storylines Notable Book and was shortlisted for the 2014 NZ Post CYA Book Awards. Her second picture book, The Were Nana, won the 2009 NZ Post Children’s Choice Award, was a Storylines Notable Book and was short listed for the 2010 Sakura Medal.

Melinda was the 2014 University of Otago, College of Education, Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence, and completed her first novel Jack the Viking (Scholastic 2008) while on the NZSA’s mentoring programme in 2005. Melinda runs creative writing workshops for adults and children, blogs regularly on writing (at ) and is one of a group of New Zealand writers taking part in an innovative on-line novel writing experiment –

Geoff Walker

Area: Auckland
Genre: Biography, memoir, Historical writing and Fiction

Geoff Walker was for many years Publishing Director of Penguin New Zealand, where he worked with many leading New Zealand authors whose books won a large number of awards. Geoff is now working as a freelance publishing consultant, editor and manuscript assessor. He is also a former commissioning editor on the BWB Texts series of books published by Bridget Williams Books. Geoff offers sound and expert advice on manuscript assessment, writing, rewriting and editing. He can also advise on the best way to publish and which publishers to approach.

For authors who wish to ‘indie’ publish he offers a wide array of advice on how to proceed. He can also project manage a book from the original manuscript through its editorial and design stages to finished printed copies or e-books. Geoff’s personal interests lie in contemporary fiction, biography, memoir and history but he also works with all kinds of books across a broad range.

Philippa Werry

Area: Wellington
Genre: children’s literature, non-fiction

Philippa is a Wellington writer whose non-fiction, poetry, stories and plays have been widely published, anthologised 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: Enemy at the Gate (2009), Anzac Day: the New Zealand story (2014, and 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). Her work has also appeared in the School Journal and other educational publications.

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. She is passionate about the need to tell our stories and our history to our children and young people.

Ella West

Area: Otago/Southland
Genre: Junior and Young Adult Fiction
Website: ellawestbooks

Ella West is the pen name of Karen Trebilcock. She writes Young Adult fiction including Night Vision and the thriller series Thieves, and has been published here and overseas. She is a multi-award winning novelist and in 2010 was the University Of Otago College Of Education Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence. She enjoys teaching in schools and helping people develop their writing skills.

Alison Wong

Area: Melbourne, Australia
Genre: Novel, poetry, memoir

Alison Wong is a fourth-generation Chinese New Zealander. She currently lives in Australia but returns to NZ regularly, particularly to Auckland and Wellington. She writes novels, creative non-fiction/memoir and poetry. Her work has been translated and published in French, Spanish, Polish, Hungarian, Italian and Chinese.

Alison spent several years in China in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2014 she was the inaugural NZ writer on the Shanghai International Writers’ Programme and in 2016 she held a Sun Yat Sen University International Writers’ Residency. She was the 2002 Robert Burns Fellow.

Her novel, As the Earth Turns Silver, won the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2010 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. In 2018 it was voted by NZ booksellers as one of their top twenty bestsellers of the decade.

Her poetry collection, Cup, was shortlisted for Best First Book for Poetry at the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards and her poetry appeared in Best NZ Poems 2015, 2007 and 2006. In 2018 she was one of the poetry judges for the Ockham NZ Book Awards. Her essays/memoir pieces have been published in Australia, China, the US and Mexico. She is currently co-editing an anthology of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction by new Asian NZ voices,