Authors

Courtney Sina Meredith

Young Alumna of the Year (UoA) Courtney Sina Meredith, is a distinguished author whose work delves into issues such as racism, sexism and poverty and draws on her Samoan roots. She is the Director of Tautai, Aotearoa’s leading Pacific arts […]

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Jen Shieff

Jen Shieff’s crime fiction is set in historic Auckland, in and around an infamous brothel, loosely based on Flora MacKenzie’s house of ill repute in Ring Terrace, St Mary’s Bay. The Gentlemen’s Club (2015) and its stand-alone sequel The Vanishing Act (2018) went straight […]

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Victor Rodger

Victor Rodger is a critically acclaimed playwright of Samoan and Scottish descent. His work often deals with issues of sexuality, race and identity, and has been praised for its boldness, candour and freshness. Since his first award-winning play, Sons, was produced in 1995, […]

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Jennifer Palgrave

Jennifer Palgrave (aka Lois Cox and Hilary Lapsley) are both experienced writers with publications to their names as well as editing experience. The One That Got Away, a lesbian mystery under the pseudonym Jennifer Palgrave, is their first collaboration and first […]

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George Parker

George Parker researches, writes and educates on bodies, fatness, health, gender and justice. They are passionate about finding pathways to peaceful embodiment that resist norms and celebrate difference. They are a big fan of the samesame but different festival and are very pleased […]

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Lil O’Brien

Lil O’Brien is a freelance copywriter and first-time author who has been described by numerous friends as ‘the gayest person I know’. She’s written for a number of publications about queer topics and more, and spent two years telling her […]

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Jackson Nieuwland

Jackson Nieuwland is a genderqueer writer, publisher and bookseller. They are the author of I Am A Human Being(Compound Press 2020) as well as two collaborative chapbooks with Carolyn DeCarlo. They are a co-founder of Food Court, a reading/zine series and […]

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Rhion Munro

Rhion Munro works in community service design and is passionate about connecting communities with learning and literacy services. He likes to read (everything), dance, make music, smash the patriarchy, write poetry, hike and travel to distant and not so distant places. […]

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Cole Meyers

Cole Meyers is an educator and activist. He works as a consultant on trans and gender diverse narratives and inclusion in film, television, web series and theatre, including at Shortland Street, where he is currently a dialogue writer and previously a […]

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Ahilan Karunaharan

Born in the UK, bred in Aotearoa, Ahilan Karunaharan is a writer, actor, director and producer of Srilankan Tamil descent. From intimate encounters to large-scale epics, pioneering works for the South Asian community, international arts festivals, immersive participatory installations and […]

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Marolyn Krasner

Marolyn Krasner was born in downtown Los Angeles in 1974 and has lived in New Zealand since 2004. Her queer-focused stories, which have been published in several anthologies, are strategically crafted to make you laugh, or not. Her novel The Radicals, […]

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Elizabeth Heritage

Elizabeth Heritage is a Pākehā freelancer in te ao pukapuka (the NZ book trade / publishing industry / literary circles / media) helping kaituhi (writers) get published. She identifies as bisexual and whaikaha (disabled). Elizabeth is based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara and […]

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