Tina Shaw is the author of publications for children, young adults and general readership, including The Black Madonna, written while she held the CNZ Berlin Writers’ Residency, and The Children’s Pond, shortlisted for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Awards. She has also held the University of Waikato Writer-In-Residence and the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship. Her YA title About Griffen's Heart was a Storylines Notable Book in 2010. She won the 2018 Storylines Tessa Duder Award and Ursa was published in April 2019 by Walker Books Australia. A member of NZAMA, she works as a manuscript assessor, tutor of creative writing and editor of the NZSA quarterly publication NZ Author.
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"Shaw's near-future New Zealand is all too recognisable, and her story both unsettles and thrills. Ephemera is not only a page-turner; it's a book that makes us question what we value - what we discard, and what remains to us."
Catherine Chidgey, author of The Wish Child
"Tina Shaw's new novel Ephemera is eerily prescient. Its original release date coincided with our national lockdown in response to Covid-19."
On writing about a global virus before it hits Q&A with Tina Shaw / Read NZ Te Pou Muramura
"Electricity's cut off, there's no broadband and medicine is in very short supply. This is the world of Ephemera, where Tina Shaw has set her latest novel. It came out round the time the coronavirus started to wreak havoc here and internationally. Tina Shaw has also just been announced a finalist for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults for her Young Adult novel Ursa."
"Right from the get-go, I hooked into this compelling adventure, Tina Shaw’s characters and plot are alive, leaping from each page into your imagination. I couldn’t put it down."
"Shaw has kept up a terrific pace throughout, urging the pages to be turned. She has created characters with hidden depths, which slowly surface as the quest continues, often overturning our initial perceptions. Shocking us. But that is the business of good writing surely, to get under the readers’ skin?
This is a New Zealand book, certainly, but its themes and story are universal."
Vivienne Lingard / Artistry