Manu Berry

Manu Berry is a Dunedin printmaker. He co-runs a family art gallery on the Otago Peninsula with his mother, stepfather, and sister, who are all practicing artists. Manu has exhibited in galleries around New Zealand including several public galleries in the South Island. Recent projects include: illustrations for an upcoming bundle of poetry collections by 6 New Zealand poets; and for a doctoral thesis: Manu: A Comparative Study of Polynesian Narratives by Raphael Richter-Gravier.

Garth Houlbrooke

Garth Houlbrooke Powell is a photographer and visual artist born in New Zealand living currently in the Czech Republic. He makes pictures primarily in monochrome, focusing on the balance between the truth and the obscure or abstracted.

Vaughan Rapatahana

Vaughan Rapatahana is widely published across several genres in both his main languages, te reo Māori and English. He is also a poet, with several collections published – in Hong Kong; Macau; the Philippines; USA; England; France; and New Zealand. His Atonement was nominated for a National Book Award in the Philippines in 2016; he won the inaugural Proverse Poetry Prize the same year; and was included in Best New Zealand Poems in 2017.

Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas is a freelance illustrator living in Auckland. She is inspired by the natural beauty of the world’s flora and fauna. She’s currently working on her first children’s book, and finding more living things to capture with her pencil.

M A Wilkins

M A Wilkins is a writer based in Auckland. She completed her Master of Creative Writing at AUT in 2017 with First Class Honours and the Dean’s Award. Mary is currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at AUT. She uses her writing as a platform through which to discuss mental health, predominantly in the young adult genre.

Anne Curran

Anne Curran is a Hamilton poet who loves to write free verse and short verse poems. She remains grateful to all those editors, poets, friends and family who have inspired her work along the way. She began writing poetry when working as a secondary school teacher.

Sandi Hall

Sandi’s writing includes seven published novels, several short stories, four plays, and some poetry. She is currently working (with whānau) on another play, this one about an overlooked Māori suffragist, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia. And she is, with co-director Sophie Burns, about to launch her Cosmic Botanist trilogy into the Wattpad world.

Wendy Clarke

Wendy Clarke is a creative writing teacher who has lived most of her life in Arrowtown. She writes educational resources for teachers, short stories, and she has recently published a children’s picture book. Wendy especially likes to write poetry for adults and children.

Elizabeth McRae

Elizabeth McRae has spent most of her working life as an actor. Skills for writing and acting are quite similar. Overacting and overwriting are to be avoided.

Karen Phillips

Karen Phillips began writing in 2009, winning the Katherine Mansfield Novice Writer Award that year. Since then, her short stories have been placed in competitions and published in takahē, Flash Frontier, and Fresh Ink. A Question of Blood, a collection of stories, was published by Steele Roberts in 2017.

Madeleine Child

Madeleine Child lives in Dunedin, hoping it will warm up. She has a couple of sons and a dog. She is surprised to find writing is not so very different from making things in clay.

Andrew Stiggers

Andrew Stiggers is an award-winning writer from West Auckland. His short fiction has been published in diverse literary journals and anthologies across the globe. Of Thai-British heritage, he is an immigrant New Zealander.

Ellie Stiggers

Ellie Stiggers is an aspiring photographer. Following completion of her final year at Green Bay High School in Auckland, she intends to study Visual Arts at university in 2020. In the future she would love to travel around Asia and teach art.

Kathryn van Beek

Dunedin-based writer Kathryn van Beek has had short stories published in the Sunday Star-Times, Takahē, Bonsai, and Headland. She won the Headland Short Story Prize, and she was the 2018 Creative Hub writer in residence.

Emma Robinson

Emma is a writer and photographer. Stories and photos previously published in Fresh Ink, Café Reader and Headland. She produces photographic cards as 'emmacards'.

Paul Hewlett

Paul Hewlett is a poet, novelist and public relations consultant based in Auckland. His work has appeared in the NZ Herald, Turbine and The Yak, and on National Radio. His first novel, Moonzoo (fictionland, 2003), was one of New Internationalist’s books of the year.

Lincoln Jaques

Lincoln Jaques is a UK-born Aucklander. He holds a Master of Creative Writing from AUT, and his work has appeared in PNZ, JAAM, Southern Ocean Review, Spin, Fresh, and Shot Glass Journal (US), as well as the 2018 and 2019 Poetry New Zealand Yearbook. He has a flash fiction piece included in the April 2019 themed edition of Flash Frontiers.

Nataliya Oryshchuk

Originally from Ukraine, Nataliya is a Christchurch-based theatre maker, playwright, educator and founder of NO Productions Theatre Company. With a PhD in Russian Studies, Master of Creative Writing degree and university qualifications in Theatre, English and History, she dreams of building her own theatre guarded by marble lions and gargoyles.

Sally Wilkins

Sally Wilkins began writing a year ago in a small Montreal bookstore in the middle of a snowstorm. She hasn’t stopped since.

Tina Shaw

Tina Shaw is the author of numerous works for children, teens, and adults. Her latest publication is Ursa (Walker Books).

Denise O'Hagan

Denise O’Hagan completed a Master of Creative Writing at AUT (2016). She writes poetry and fiction and has had poems published in a New Zealand Poetry Society anthology, Fresh Ink and a collection from Fast Fibres Poetry Five. She is the author of several novels in contemporary and historical fiction.

Johnathan Worrall

Johnathan Worrall is a Creative Technologist (a fancy term for a jack-of-all-trades). When not studying English teaching or veterinary science, he spends his time writing novellas, songs, and poems, illustrating children’s books, and making everything from stop-motion puppets to full-sized monster costumes, as seen in the World of Wearable Arts shows of 2016 and 2017. He is currently a film-editing intern for the company Rūrangi.

Christina O’Reilly

Christina O’Reilly is a writer, freelance proofreader, and copy editor currently living in the Manawatu. Two of her short stories have been published in the anthologies Horizons 3 and The Rangitawa Collection 2017. Her first crime novel, Into the Void, was recently longlisted for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Memorial Prize for an Unpublished Novel.

Trisha Hanifin

Trisha Hanifin writes short stories, poetry, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, has completed one novel and begun another. In 2014, she won the University of Auckland’s Ingenio magazine’s short story competition with her story, Me and Bobby Magee. Her flash fiction has been published in various journals and anthologies, including Turbine, Flash Frontiers, Headland, and Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Feby Idrus

Feby Idrus is a music teacher, freelance musician, and arts administrator. Her work has been published in takahē and Headland, and the anthology Horizons 2. She lives in Dunedin. Find her on Twitter: @febyidrus

Dave Moore

Dave Moore is a New Zealander of (mostly) Welsh, Irish and English heritage. Born in London, he has lived in Auckland since 1990. He completed the AUT Master of Creative Writing in 2016, and his subsequent work has appeared in Fresh Ink 2017 and Landfall.

Janet Pates

Janet Pates lives in the North Waikato township of Tuakau. Writing for children and adults, fiction and fact, she has been published in various journals and anthologies, including the School Journal. She is a past winner of the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for junior fiction and the National Flash Fiction Day NZ award.

Edna Heled

Edna Heled is an artist, art therapist, counsellor and travel journalist. She studied Art Therapy (MA) overseas and Psychology (Hons) in Auckland. Her writing includes short stories, poetry, and non-fiction.

Jacquie McRae

Jacquie McRae is a writer of short stories and novels with a Masters of Creative Writing with Honours. Last year she was a recipient of a Michael King Writers Centre residency and mentored on the Te Papa Tupu programme. She was included in the anthology Stories on the Four Winds and her first novel, The Scent of Apples, won an Ippy award and a White Ravens label.

Lorraine Marson

Lorraine Marson has written short stories, which have been published in Takahē and Headland. A graduate of AUT MCW, she has just completed her first novel, which was longlisted in 2018 for the Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished manuscript. Photo credit: Paul Johns

Suzie Watt

Suzie (Susanmary) Watt, lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. She completed a BA from Canterbury University in Sociology/Music. Following on with a Diploma of Computer Graphic Design from Natcoll/Yoobee. Suzie has just completed the MA (2018) in Creative Writing through AUT, gaining First Class Honours. This is her first piece of writing for publication.

Briana Woolliams

Briana Woolliams has a Masters of Fine Arts (with First Class Honours). The Tāmaki Makaurau-based maker has a practice that incorporates poetry, sculpture, printmaking, textiles and performance. In 2018, Briana was the recipient of the Todd Trust Scholarship for Fine Art at the University of Auckland.

Crispin Anderlini

Crispin Anderlini is a Wellington-based short story writer by night, and paid storyteller for Victoria University of Wellington by day. Having written on-and-off over the years, he now writes with a purpose in the quiet evening hours when his young son and partner sleep peacefully in other rooms. This is his first short story to be published.

Lee Tupuola-Madsen

Lee Tupuola-Madsen is a Samoan poet, whose work is heavily influenced by her life, her identity and her family. Her poem Mama, which features in Fresh Ink 2019, is a dedication to her maternal grandmother, Peseta Su’eileololemanumalo Sophia Skelton (nee Hughes) who shaped her life and her heart. Photo credit to Lars Madsen.

Katie Furze

Katie Furze is a children’s author who writes fiction and non-fiction including short stories, articles, plays, picture books, readers, and novels. Her work appears in the New Zealand School Journal, The School Magazine in Australia, and in anthologies. Read more about Katie at

Maris O’Rourke

Maris O’Rourke describes herself as a poet and a peregrina, a writer and a walker. Her work has appeared in a wide range of journals, anthologies, and online. She has been well placed in many competitions and also published five children’s books – one in Māori.


Hannah Davison is a Scottish-born, New Zealand-grown author of picture books, short stories for young and old, middle grade children’s fiction, a freelance writer, journalist and blogger. She can be found at home on their family farm in North Canterbury with her husband, two children and a range of animals. Find her online at, on Facebook at Hannah Davison – writer, and Instagram @hannahedavison.

Lisa Williams

Writer and academic Lisa Williams is the author of three novels: Drifting at the Bottom of the World (2003), Death on a Long Winter’s Night (2012), and Grandzilla (2018). Grandzilla was shortlisted in the inaugural NZ Booklovers Awards for Best Adult Fiction Book.

Alexandra Fraser

Alexandra Fraser is an Aucklander, a prizewinning poet who has been published in many magazines and anthologies. She is a graduate of the AUT MCW and her second poetry collection, Star Trails, will be published later this year.

Michael Giacon

Michael Giacon is a poet, songwriter and performer. Born and raised in Auckland, he is from a large Pākehā-Italian family. He has been published in brief, A Fine Line, Fast Fibres, and Fresh Ink.

Gillian Roach

Gillian Roach is an Auckland writer and recently completed an MCW at AUT. Her poems have been published in takahē and the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook. Gillian won the NEW VOICES – Emerging Poets Competition 2018.

Jacob Hagan

Jacob Hagan is a high school student in Whakatane. He enjoys writing and has a vivid imagination which he uses to create his stories. Jacob has had a short story published in the Young NZ writers 2018 anthology, ‘Timegate to tomorrow’ and has also achieved second place in the 2019 competition.

Claire Hagan

Claire Hagan is an ex Chemistry teacher turned librarian. She relocated to Whakatane from the UK four years ago with her husband and three boys. Reading has always been a passion of hers but her love for writing has developed only recently.

Helen McNeil

Helen McNeil completed the Master in Creative Writing at AUT in 2010 and has since published two novels set in New Zealand: A Place to Stand and A Striking Truth. She has won awards for her writing. She currently lives in Earthsong eco-neighbourhood (Auckland, New Zealand) alongside chickens, organic gardens, lots of compost and constant negotiation.

Kirsty Powell

Kirsty Powell grew up in a rural landscape east of Eketahuna. She enjoys writing strong New Zealand characters into her short stories and poems. Her debut novel, The Strength of Eggshells, is due for release by Cloud Ink in 2019. It is contemporary fiction with a part-historical post-war setting in the remote Mangapurua Valley beyond the Bridge to Nowhere.

Jenny Clay

Jenny Clay is a writer and researcher. Her poetry has been published in New Zealand and overseas. She’s dabbled in short fiction and won the NZSA Graeme Lay Short Story Competition in 2016. She is currently working on a large non-fiction project.

Anna Knox

Anna Knox is a graduate of the University of East Anglia (UEA) MA in Creative Writing (2010, Distinction). She writes reviews, essays, fiction and non-fiction. You can read some of her work over at The Spinoff.

Peter John Graham

Peter John Graham is based in Wellington. His approach to writing is “begin somewhere and find a way”, or else “destruction is as good as it gets”. He is working on his first book, a pursuit than mostly seems interminable, but he has hope.

Clare Marcie

Originally from Nelson, Clare Marcie is an actor, writer, audio describer and theatre creative based in Auckland. She holds a Masters in Classical & Contemporary Text from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Clare’s writing has previously been published in a collection titled Letter to an Unknown Soldier as part of the 1418 Now WW1 Centenary (2014), and you can find out more about Clare’s work at her website

Kayleen Hazelhurst

Kayleen grew up on a farm beside the Mahurangi River and spent her teenage years involved in the theatre arts in Auckland. Later, she studied Anthropology and Filmmaking in Canada and more recently has won recognition for her poems and short stories. Near completion of her second novel, her genre is a lyrical blend of romantic historical fiction, war stories and family sagas.

Henrica Schieving

Henrica Schieving is a teacher who lives in Dunedin. She is a member of the Dunedin Writer’s Group. Her writing delves mainly into the perspectives of children and memoir.

J A Grierson

J A Grierson read Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford University and pursued a business career before completing a Master of Creative Writing in 2014. She is a published author of non-fiction and a co-founder of Cloud Ink Press Limited. The first novel in her trilogy, The Last of the Romans, will be published in 2019.

Vivienne Bailey

Vivienne Bailey is a Wellington-based writer/journalist with a public library background. Her work has appeared in the Dominion Post, NZ Lifestyle Block, Heritage NZ, and Kiwi Gardener. In 2016, she completed Whitireia’s New Zealand Diploma in Creative Writing, and her short stories have been shortlisted, and placed, in national competitions, and also published in anthologies and online literary journals.

Olivia Spooner

Olivia Spooner is a writer who believes in the power of words to change lives. She encourages others to share their stories, nurture their creativity, and read good books. You can follow her writing journey and check out her credentials at

Edith Poor

Edith Poor is an actor and writer living and working in Auckland.