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New in August!

By Blogs, Children's Books, Fiction, Updates

This week Puffin NZ published my first book for children, Hene and the Burning Harbour. I’ve noticed it’s also available online in the UK, as well as in New Zealand and Australia, and in both print and e-book editions.

Also new: the main characters from Trendy But Casual have resurfaced in a new blog, Everybody Needs Two or Three Friends. It’s about publicity, celebrities, and nonsense – not necessarily in that order. Please visit!


By Non-Fiction, Updates

I’ve branched out into dangerous new territory: poetry.

August is a writing month for me, but I’ll be making various appearances in the UK in September: dates and places to follow soon.

Next book

By Fiction, YA Fiction

My first novel for children will be published by Puffin (Penguin NZ) on August 21st. It’s called Hene and the Burning Harbour, and is the second title in the New Zealand Girl series launching in August. Very excited!

Auckland Festival

By Events, Fiction, YA Fiction

Later this week I’m appearing at a few events at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, including a YA reading on Friday May 17th.

I’m also going to be an MC at the Schools Day programme on May 16th, so if you’re in coming in for one of those events, make sure you say hi to me!

On writing

By Fiction, Updates, YA Fiction

I have a couple of new things posted online this week. The first is a blog post on ‘Inspired Openings’ for a great YA publishing site.

The second is quite different, a review of for Landfall Online of Your Unselfish Kindness: Robin Hyde’s Autobiographical Writings, edited by Mary Edmond-Paul. Hyde is an important New Zealand writer from the early part of the twentieth century, and I found this new collection fascinating.

Back to Berlin

By Events, Fiction, Germany, Updates

Thanks to a very kind invitation from the New Zealand Embassy in Germany, I’ll be back in Berlin in early April for an event at the English Theatre. The NZ ambassador, Peter Rider, and I will be presenting a wide-ranging programme on NZ books and writers (and culture, history, sport!) as part of the theatre’s Berlin Sofa series.

RANGATIRA on the radio

By Fiction

RANGATIRA has been serialised and recorded by Radio New Zealand, and is being broadcast every day this week and next. There’s more information on the schedule here. It can also be downloaded so you can listen on a computer.

It’s read by the superb Maori actor George Henare. Very exciting!