Kirsten Le Harivel is a writer, project/programme manager and mother. She is the Programme Manager of the 2018 NZSA National Writers Forum, the Director of the annual Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat, the organiser of the Kāpiti Series and the Oceania Director of Kahini, a global collective of artists and writers which provides high-quality creative-writing programs that develop craft, build community, and provide lifelong inspiration. Although born in Scotland and of Scottish, English and French heritage she lives with her family on the Kāpiti Coast of Aotearoa. Her writing has been published in various international literary journals and she has an MA from the International Institute of Modern Letters. She has a background in programme and project management in the arts, youth and refugee sectors and brings a wide range of experience in working in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments.