Dame Fiona Kidman is a leading contemporary novelist, short story writer and poet. Most of her fiction is focused on how outsiders navigate their way in narrowly conformist society. She has published a large and exciting range of fiction and poetry, and has worked as a librarian, producer and critic. Kidman has won numerous awards, and she has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants and other significant honours, as well as being a consistent advocate for New Zealand writers and literature. She was awarded an OBE and a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to literature. Courtesy NZ Book Council Dame Kidman's latest novel won the fiction category in the 2019 Ockham Awards.
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James Brown is a poet and short fiction writer. His first book of poems Go Round Power Please won the Jessie Mackay Best First Book of Poetry Award. His subsequent collections include Lemon, Favourite Monsters, The Year of the Bicycle, and Warm Auditorium. He is the author behind the useful, non-fiction booklet Instructions for Poetry Readings and, in 2005, edited The Nature of Things: Poems from the New Zealand Landscape. Brown has been a finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards three times. He teaches the Poetry Workshop at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, and is a freelance writer and editor.
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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 chief news director his influence is partially to blame for the types of stories produced by Fairfax'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.
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