Writers on Mondays – Hopeful Animals, Wellington, 14 August

Writers on Mondays programme front page 2017

I’m really excited about being part of the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) Writers on Mondays programme this year, which includes – as well as a whole mob of great New Zealand writers – Australian writer Charlotte Wood (24 July – see programme). Writers on Mondays has been running for nearly a decade now, … Read more…

‘Family Dynamics’ at Auckland Writers Festival, 21 May

The programme has been launched for Auckland Writers Festival 2017, which runs from 16 to 21 May. I’ll be there — this’ll be my fifth time attending AWF, my second time as a guest of the festival. I’m in one of the Four for Fifty Readings sessions — fifty-minute events in which four writers read from their recent work. Each session is themed; … Read more…

‘The Hope Fault: family and faultlines’ event at National Library, Wellington, 9 May

Hope Fault close-up 2015 South Island Geology map, Unfolding the map exhibition

I am told there are people who do not care for maps, and I find it hard to believe. — Robert Louis Stevenson I’m like RL Stevenson in that respect. I love a map. Maps, diagrams and geological bulletins (one bulletin in particular) caught my imagination and took over the reins while I was writing my novel The … Read more…

Music to warm a book by

Wallaby at Meow (photo Helen Kettles)

This week we held a bookwarming in Wellington to celebrate the publication earlier in the month of my second novel, The Hope Fault. A bunch of us gathered (like the bunch of people in my book gather) to talk and drink and eat, under the unsettling but appropriate gaze of the wallabies and possums dotted about the … Read more…

The Hope Fault on the map – reviews, interviews, events

The Hope Fault (map at National Library)

My second novel, The Hope Fault, was published this month, and it’s been a strange and wonderful few weeks watching it start to make its way onto the map of the big wide world of books. Here are some highlights, and a reminder to join us in Wellington on 28 March to celebrate the novel’s publication. Reviews Pip Adam’s lovely long-form … Read more…

The Hope Fault – A Wellington bookwarming, 28 March

Join us for a Wellington bookwarming to celebrate publication this month of The Hope Fault, a novel of families and faultlines. When: 6pm to 7.30pm, Tuesday 28 March Where: Meow, 9 Edward St, Wellington (need a map?) The Hope Fault is a celebration of the complexities of family: aunties and steps and exes; parents and partners who are … Read more…

Exhibition: Art is a Living Thing, until 15 Jan

Art is a Living Thing

International Exhibition of 100 Artists in Masterton. New Zealand Pacific Studio, the international yet rural residency centre for artists located in the hills of Mount Bruce, Wairarapa, mounts the international exhibition Art Is a Living Thing, with work by 100 of its artists from 15 countries, and from each of the 15 years that the … Read more…

‘A Reader’s Life’ at 2016 Perth Writers Festival

Perth Writers Festival at PIAF

I’m delighted to be taking part in this session (and several more) at 2016 Perth Writers Festival (PWF), part of Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF).   A Reader’s Life We can measure our life in books and the experiences we’ve had on the page. Three writers, Tracy Farr, Debra Adelaide and Peter Rose, share their reading lives with Sarah McNeill. When: Friday … Read more…

A might, mighty night – New Zealand launch of The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

On Saturday 21 September, at Mighty Mighty in Wellington, Dame Fiona Kidman declared “The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, and your mysterious gorgeous character, well and truly launched”. Here’s a taste of how the evening progressed. You can find more photos online here. The velvet curtain backdrop of the Mighty matched the novel’s cover, displayed … Read more…