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 am currently writing my second book about my lifelong love of mermaids, intertwined with the stories of a growing workforce of professional mermaids. This book is also of course about the lasting social impact of the 1984 blockbuster Splash, starring Daryl Hannah as the mermaid Madison. Feel the ripples.
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.