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Anahera Gildea

Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Raukawa-ki-te-tonga, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa, Kāi Tahu) has worked as a drama teacher, an art teacher, a visual artist, a performing artist,…

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Anita Heiss

Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a regular guest at writers' festivals and travels internationally…

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Anna Mackenzie

Anna Mackenzie writes contemporary, historic and speculative fiction, edits magazines, teaches creative writing and mentors aspiring writers. She is published by Penguin Random House. Her nine novels have netted an…

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Anne O’Brien

Anne O’Brien is Auckland Writers Festival Director and joined the organisation in 2011. She is responsible for artistic programming and operational management. Anne previously produced Nine To Noon with Kim…

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Brannavan Gnanalingam

Brannavan Gnanalingam is a novelist based in Wellington. He has published five novels through Lawrence & Gibson. His last novel, Sodden Downstream, was shortlisted for the Acorn Foundation Prize at…

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Catherine Robertson

Catherine Robertson’s five novels have all been #1 New Zealand bestsellers. Her latest, Gabriel’s Bay, was out in January and a sequel will be out in early 2019. Catherine reviews…

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Charlotte Grimshaw

Charlotte Grimshaw is the author of seven novels and two short story collections. She has been awarded the Sargeson Fellowship and the Katherine Mansfield Prize, been shortlisted for the Asia…

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Charlotte Randall

Charlotte Randall lives on Banks Peninsula with her husband, an editor.  She is the author of seven published novels - The Bright Side of My Condition (Penguin 2014); Finalist NZ Post…

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Chris Else

Chris Else has been described as one of our most versatile writers. Marked by his dry humour, his six novels and two short story collections range from satire, tragedy, murder…

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David Ling

David Ling was a director of educational and general multinational publishing companies where he worked for nearly twenty years publishing children's, academic, fiction and non-fiction books before establishing his own…

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Edwin McRae

Edwin has been developing stories for the screen for 12 years, originally as storyliner and scriptwriter for television, more recently as a narrative designer for the video games industry. Edwin…

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Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones is currently Director of Literacy and Learning at the National Library with responsibility for the Library’s nationwide Services to Schools and leadership of the library’s strategic directions and…

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Herewini Easton

A descendant of legends, from historic and herstoric narratives embedded in Pare Hauraki-Coromandel Peninsula, Maniapoto-Te Awamutu, Ngāti Rehu-Rotorua and Wērā-Wales. A product of Māori and English words, concepts, theories, philosophies.…

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James George

James George is a novelist and short story writer of Ngapuhi, English and Irish descent. He is author of Wooden Horses, Hummingbird, and Ocean Roads. His works have been twice…

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Jenny Nagle

Jenny joined the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) as Chief Executive Officer in June 2017. Jenny Nagle has worked in general management, sales and marketing across the…

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Jo Cribb

Jo Cribb is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Book Council Te Kaunihera Pukapuka o Aotearoa. She was most recently Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women (2012-2016) and,…

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John Marsden

John Marsden was born in Victoria, Australia in 1950. He went to many different primary schools, and from an early age enjoyed the journeys into magical worlds that reading could…

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Kevin Chapman

Kevin Chapman has worked in publishing for many many years, in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the United States as well as New Zealand. He currently runs the independent…

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Kyle Mewburn

Kyle Mewburn is one of New Zealand's most eclectic writers. Her picture books are noted for being multi-layered, funny and linguistically creative. Her titles have been published in a dozen…

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Lani Wendt Young

Lani Wendt Young is a writer, publisher, editor and journalist. Author of 9 books including the bestselling YA fantasy Telesa Series and the Scarlet Lies romance series. She is the…

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Lee Murray

Lee Murray is a multi award-winning writer and editor of science fiction, fantasy, and horror (Sir Julius Vogel, Australian Shadows). The co-author of supernatural crime-noir series The Path of Ra (Raw Dog…

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Lynn Jenner

Lynn Jenner started her writing career at 50 with a year’s full-time study at Whitireia Polytechnic. Since then she has completed an MA and a PhD at the International Institute…

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Malcolm Burgess

Malcolm Burgess is Creative New Zealand’s representative to the literature sector. He joined Creative New Zealand in mid-2015 as Senior Arts Adviser, Literature, and has a background in arts and…

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Mandy Hager

Mandy Hager is a multi-award winning writer of fiction for young adults. She has won the LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction 3 times (Smashed 2008, The Nature of Ash 2013,…

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Martin Baynton

Best known for his Jane And The Dragon book series, Martin Baynton is a writer and illustrator of children's books. He has over 40 published titles with leading publishing houses…

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Maualaivao Albert Wendt

Maualaivao Albert Wendt is one of Samoa’s, New Zealand’s, and the Pacific’s foremost writers and academics. He has published numerous novels, collections of poetry and short stories, and edited several…

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Melanie Laville-Moore

Melanie Laville-Moore has worked in publishing for almost 25 years, first in the UK and for the past 19 years in New Zealand. She has been at the helm of…

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Pania Tahau-Hodges

Pania Tahau-Hodges (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tūhoe)is the Publishing Manager at Huia Publishers. An editor by trade, Pania has over 20 years’ experience of working in the publishing industry. She has…

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Paul Huljich

New Zealander Paul Huljich is one of America’s top stress experts, a renowned public speaker, LifeREstyle coach, and author. His book Stress Pandemic was named by Psychology Today as one…

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Paula Browning

CE of Copyright Licensing New Zealand, the licensing agency for New Zealand authors and publishers, Paula also chairs WeCreate – which was formerly the Copyright Council of New Zealand. With…

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Paula Morris

Paula Morris (Ngati Wai) is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and essayist. Her novel Rangatira (Penguin, 2011) won the fiction categories at the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards…

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Penny Hartill

Penny Hartill is the founder and director of Hartill PR, which specialises in helping clients with strategic and tactical communications planning, issues management, media relations, writing, event implementation and campaign…

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Peter Dowling

Peter Dowling is the current President of the Publishers Association of New Zealand, and has also served as its Councillor – International since 2015. As publisher of Oratia Media, he…

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Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman, CBE is author of the trilogy His Dark Materials and has served as President of the Society of Authors UK since 2013. In 1995 he was awarded the Carnegie…

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Pip Adam

Pip Adam has published a collection of short stories, Everything We Hoped For (VUP, 2010) and two novels, I’m Working on a Building (VUP, 2013) and The New Animals (VUP,…

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Ranjana Gupta

Ranjana’s experience in academia spans over three decades and includes research and tax consulting besides teaching on various aspects of taxation law and policy and accounting papers. She joined AUT…

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Renée

Renée (Ngati Kahungunu/Scot) was born grumpy and nothing has changed. She is an avid and faithful reader, enjoys cooking and gardening. Everyone, she says, should grow leafy greens. Renée always…

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Rhonda Kite – ONZM

The founder of KIWA® Digital, Rhonda is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. KIWA® are specialists in digital media technology and production and the cultural localization of trans-media content. An…

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Sam Elworthy

Sam Elworthy is director of Auckland University Press. He grew up in South Canterbury and studied in Dunedin where he edited the student newspaper and wrote a book on student…

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Samantha Blackley

Sam Blackley has worked as a television producer for the past three decades. She has been responsible for a wide range of productions from youth and music shows to Rivers…

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Sarah Forster

Editor of The Sapling, and Communications Manager at Booksellers NZ, Sarah has worked in the book industry for the past 12 years. She ran the Writers in Schools and other…

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Siobhan Harvey

Siobhan Harvey is the author of five books, including the 2013 Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry winner, Cloudboy (Otago University Press, 2014) and bestseller, Essential New Zealand Poems (Godwit, 2014)…

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Sisilia Eteuati

Sisilia Eteuati is a writer and poet. She has a Masters of Creative Writing with Honours from the University of Auckland (where she was awarded the Sir James Wallace Master's…

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Steff Green

Steff Green (pen name Steffanie Holmes) is the USA Today bestselling author of 18 steamy paranormal and reverse harem romance novels. From Dark Age Europe to crumbling English castles, Steff…

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Tony Murrow

Tony Murrow is the director at Little Island Press. He has a background in both book publishing and in IT, and has worked in community publishing for almost 25 years.…

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Tracy Farr

Tracy Farr is a Wellington writer who used to be a scientist. Tracy’s debut novel, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, was long and shortlisted for a number of…

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Vana Manasiadis

Vana Manasiadis is a second-generation Greek poet, translator and lecturer at AUT. As co-editor of the Seraph Press Translation Series, she has edited and translated from the Greek for Ναυάγια/Καταφύγια:…

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Vanda Symon

Vanda Symon is a crime fiction writer from Dunedin. She is the best-selling author of the Detective Sam Shephard series and the stand alone psychological thriller The Faceless. She is…

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Vicki Marsdon

Vicki has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years. She started her career in the sales and marketing department of Heinemann Education before taking on the role of…

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Victor Rodger

Victor Rodger is an award-winning writer of Samoan and Scottish descent whose plays include Black Faggot, My Name is Gary Cooper and Sons. A former script writer for Shortland Street,…

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NATIONAL WRITERS FORUM

The NZSA brings you this unique national conference for all New Zealand writers. Join prestigious local and international speakers who will share their knowledge, their ideas and their experience and meet others from New Zealand’s writing community.

WHEN & WHERE

21 – 23 September 2018
Owen G Glenn Building
University of Auckland
12 Grafton Road, Auckland

CONTACT US

Email: nwf@nzauthors.org.nz
Phone: 09 379 4801
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