Brendaniel Weir was born in Auckland and took part in 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, also winning the post-graduate writing prize. Brendaniel’s first novel, Tane’s War (Cloud Ink Press, 2018) explored the intersection of three lives in the 1950s: Aussie and Briar, two young shearers working on a training station, and Tane, an older man whose past haunts him, particularly his service during World War One. Tane’s War has received critical acclaim in New Zealand and overseas.