Mandy Hager is a multi-award-winning author, predominantly for young adults. In 2017 she published Heloise (Penguin NZ), an historical novel for adults. She tutors novel writing at Whitireia and believes in the power of fiction to enrich hearts and minds. @MandyHager. www.mandyhager.com
Kirsten McDougall’s first book, a series of interconnected short stories, The Invisible Rider, was published by VUP in 2012. Her novella, Tess was published in 2017 by VUP. In 2013 Kirsten received the Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary, and won the short category of ‘The Long and the Short of It’ fiction competition in 2011.
Elizabeth Knox has published twelve novels and three autobiographical novellas and a collection of essays. Her best known books are The Vintner’s Luck, and The Dreamhunter Duet. (Dreamhunter and Dreamquake). Her latest are Mortal Fire and Wake. Elizabeth lives in Wellington, New Zealand with her husband, Fergus Barrowman, her son, Jack, and three cats.
Jess Holly Bates
Jess Holly Bates is a theatre practitioner, writer and artist, who loves to communicate cultural criticism through performance. In 2014 her acclaimed solo theatre show Real Fake White Dirt, was published as a book of poetry by Anahera Press.