I write about mermaids and contemporary New Zealand art. My reviews, profiles, interviews and essays appear in a broad range of publications. I favour informative and frolicsome prose. I like jokes.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auckland University. From 1996 – 2000, I co-directed the artist-run space Fiat Lux. During this time I made and exhibited video art. You can find my early experimental videos here.
In 2001 I jumped out of the frying pan and moved to London where I lived for ten years working in bookstores. I have a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and I won an Escalator award from the New Writing Partnership (now The Writers’ Centre Norwich). My short story The Mermaid and the Music Box was included in Roads Ahead, a 2009 anthology of new writers published by Tindal St Press. I am still really, really into mermaids.
My first book Tinderbox was published by Galley Beggar Press in November 2017 and is about the end of bookselling. Long live bookselling.
I live my life persecuted by the arts.
Yes, I do art writing workshops, talks, panels, commissions etc.
agent: Veronique Baxter, David Higham Associates, UK.