Brendaniel Weir was born in Auckland and has been an LGBT community activist since he took part in the Homosexual Law Reform marches as a schoolboy. He has written educational television, worked in the film industry and is a lecturer in English language. In 2013, he graduated with a Masters of Creative Writing (Hons.), also winning the post-graduate writing prize.
His community involvement has taken him as far as Sweden, Thailand and the UK and he remains passionate about equality and human rights. He is currently exploring ways marginalised communities can reconstruct and reclaim their histories. Tane's War is his first novel and will be launched as part of the SameSameButDifferent LGBTQI literary festival on the 10th of February.
"Interwoven love stories leapfrogging generations, Tane’s War looks back to the past with insight, empathy and understanding. It shows the tenderness of the human heart and the pain of exclusion, bigotry, misunderstanding. Brendaniel Weir has written a saga of a hidden past.”
“A timely look at the wartime narratives of gay men and their unacknowledged contributions to our past, Brendaniel Weir’s compelling debut novel is a beautifully handled investigation into what underpins the connections between men. Exquisitely raw yet tender, it will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.”