Whiti Hereaka Whiti Hereaka is an award-winning novelist and playwright of Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Pākehā descent, based in Wellington. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing (Script writing) from the International Institute of Modern Letters. She is the author of three novels: The Graphologist’s Apprentice, and the award-winning YA novels Bugs and Legacy. In 2012, Whiti was the recipient of the Bruce Mason Play writing Award. Her play Rewena, written during her writer in residency at the Michael King Writers Centre in 2012, has been performed nationally and was published in the anthology Here/Now in 2015. Whiti has been involved with Te Papa Tupu, an incubator programme for Māori writers, as a writer, a mentor and a judge. She is also a board member of the Māori Literature Trust and the Michael King Writers Centre. In 2013, Whiti was invited to the prestigious International Writing Program in Iowa to participate as a writer in residence. She has also held residencies in New Zealand including Randell Cottage and the Micheal King Writers’ Centre Summer and Māori residencies. Whiti was a writer in Residence at Sun Yat-sen University in China November 2018. She attended the Taipei Book Fair 2015 as one of the authors representing New Zealand as the Guest of Honour country. She was a guest at the Auckland Writers Festival (2015 and 2019), Singapore Writers Festival (2015) and WORD Christchurch (2018).
Whiti is currently working on a novel for adults: Kurangaituku. Kurangaituku retells the story of Hatupatu, from the ogress bird woman’s point of view. She is also working as a scriptwriter for Pukeko Pictures’ animated show The Kiddets. She is also co-editor, with Witi Ihimaera, of an anthology of Māori myths — Pūrākau — published in 2019.
Glenn Colquhoun is a poet and children's writer. His first collection, The Art of Walking Upright won the Jessie MacKay best first book of poetry award at the 2000 Montana Book Awards. Playing God, his third collection,won the poetry section of the same awards in 2003 as well as the Reader's Choice Award that year. He has written four children's books and published a book of essays entitled, Jumping Ship and other essays.He was awarded the Prize in Modern Letters in 2004 and a Fulbright Scholarship to Harvard University in 2010. In 2012 he was part of the 'Transit of Venus' poetry exchange at the Frankfurt book fair and in 2014 represented New Zealand on the Commonwealth Poets United poetry project which celebrated the Glasgow Commonwealth Games that year.Late Love - sometimes doctors need saving as much as their patients was published by BWB in 2016. His sixth collection of poetry, Letters to young people, and a new children's picture book, The small girl who lived next door, are due for publication in 2020.
Glenn works as a GP in Horowhenua.
Matt Rilkoff Matt Rilkoff is an award winning feature writer and columnist who has spent most of the last decade in various roles at the Taranaki Daily News. Now working as its Editor, his influence is partially to blame for the types of stories produced by Stuff's Taranaki newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, jumping on the trampoline with his son and tracking down discounted food items at his local supermarket. A responsible father and husband, he still can't quite figure out how his long held ambition to write a novel before he was 30 is suddenly 10 years overdue.