About me

I am an award-winning short story writer, novelist, poet, and creative writing tutor, based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I write literary fiction for adults, as well as contemporary fiction and fantasy for younger readers. I have had work published and anthologised internationally including in Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction, We are New Zealand.

My background is in science and I hold degrees from the University of York (BSc Hons Biology), Oxford University (MSc Environmental Change and Management), and  I was the 2019 recipient of the Sir James Wallace scholarship for the Masters in Creative Writing (MCW) programme at the University of Auckland, graduating with First Class Honours in 2021 . I am also a graduate cum laude of the creative writing programme at Hagley Writers’ Institute.  In 2016 I was selected to be part of the highly competitive PitchWars mentorship programme. When I’m in Christchurch, you can find me teaching creative writing  at Write On School for Young Writers, mentoring adult writers, and editing Write On Magazine.

Before becoming a full-time writer, I worked for the BBC Natural History Unit on various high profile television series including Predators and Charlie’s Wildlife Gardens. I also worked for BBCi producing  websites across the BBC food programmes including Veg Talk, Masterchef, Jamie Oliver and River Cottage. At NHNZ in Dunedin I worked as a researcher and assistant producer on programmes including Animal Imitators and Growing Up Wild.

I am an avid reader, particularly of New Zealand fiction, and a regular note writer for the New Zealand Book Discussion Scheme. I am also a full member of New Zealand Society of Authors and currently chair the Canterbury Branch of NZSA.

When I’m not writing, my favourite place to be is in the great outdoors, or planning my next adventure.  Some of my  all time favourties include hiking the GR20 across Corsica and the John Muir Trail though the Californian wilderness, a solo bike trip along the Thailand/Myanmar border, and more recently taking my kids on the Routeburn and Milford tracks, as well as sailing on HMB Endeavour. I am always looking for a new challenge.