Our Authors

If you are a Canterbury-based writer, and a member of NZ Society of Authors, you can have a space on this page.


IMG_2185Amy Paulussen writes contemporary and historical fiction. She had poems published in Leaving the Redzone and Manifesto, and writes short stories on occasion, but novels are her favourite thing. She is the current chair of the Canterbury branch of the NZ Society of Authors. She also relief teaches at a couple of secondary schools and tutors for The School for Young Writers.

Sandra's Author PhotoSandra Arnold writes fiction and non-fiction. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and has been widely published and anthologised in New Zealand and internationally. She has won several literary awards including the 2014 Seresin Landfall University of Otago Press Writers Residency and the 2015 New Zealand Heritage Week Short Story Competition. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship and was on the Honourable Contenders List for the 2016 Bristol Prize. She is currently completing a novel and a collection of short stories and flash fiction.

Kathleen photo2015Born in Christchurch in 1957, Kathleen Gallagher is a writer and filmmaker. In 1993 Kathleen received the NZ Playwrights Award and in 2004, the prestigious Sonja Davies Peace Award for the film “Tau Te Mauri Breath Of Peace”. She has produced and directed 6 feature films, and written 16 plays, 3 poetry books, 3 nonfiction books, and most recently the novel “Earthquakes & Butterflies” which played on Radio NZ National Feb 22 – 28, 2016.

melmayellMelanie Mayell is an author, photographer, and deathwalker. She regularly sees the world through the lens of her camera, and writes about creative approaches to living a more authentic and fulfilling life. She founded the Thankyou Project  to help create a new currency of kindness based on gratitude. She has published four books; including Thankyou – Living in Gratitude.

maryhobbsMary Hobbs published the award-winning New Zealand Outside magazine for 10 years. She is the author of Kiwi Tucker for the Soul, Letters to New York and America from New Zealand with Love, The Spirit of Mountaineering, Matagouri and Other Pricks: The Journey to Aoraki-Mount Cook, Christchurch Dreaming, andHigh Country Stations of the Mackenzie. Mary and her husband Charlie live at Aoraki/Mount Cook.

mari-hill-harpur-st-john-river-crop-u614Mari Hill Harpur‘s family was sympathetic to her dreams of becoming an artist, and during the same summer she drove the farm tractor, she worked in the rudimentary closet darkroom. Sixty years later, she still thinks back to her simple childhood pursuits and wonders at the journey that led her to illustrating and writing a book about a river in eastern Canada.

Jill McCaw is editor and publisher of SoaringNZ, Gliding New Zealand’s official magazine. She’s a freelance journalist who specialises in Aviation writing but can turn her hand to many subjects. Her background is in nursing, ecology and entomology (insects). She writes novels and always has stories in her head. Jill delights in being able to make money from writing at last! She is secretary of the NZSA Canterbury Branch.

neilwelchNeil Welch has never matured beyond the age of eleven, which dictates his genre: adventure thrillers for 9–15-year-olds . He was born and raised in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) where he did his time as a newspaper journalist and had a few poems published. He now lives in Canterbury, and is working on title number six.

joanna orwinJoanna Orwin has a background in plant ecology and 30 years’ experience as an editor in environmental sciences. Her lifelong interests in New Zealand’s landscapes and Maori history are reflected in award-winning books that range from social and environmental history to historical and adventure novels for children and young adults.

tobyhealeToby Heale is Oliver Fairfax, a lateral-thinking contrarian whose untold historical fiction novels have the ring of truth. He makes connections usually overlooked and he exposes falsehoods universally accepted. In a time when the suppression of dissonance is widely practiced Oliver Fairfax is in his element.

Melanie Dixon is a writer of flash fiction, short stories, creative non-fiction, and novels for children. Her work has been published and anthologised in NZ and overseas, and she has been short-listed twice for the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award. She is a graduate of Hagley Writers’ Institute and a tutor at the School for Young Writers.

John Clark is a retired mechanical engineer and has traveled and worked extensively in South-East Asia, Australia, Canada and Argentina. He has four sons, one of whom is a genuine rocket scientist. No current wives and lives in Christchurch. John’s latest book, Engineering for Fun, is a tongue-in-cheek look at the lighter side of professional engineering. It is available from clark3210@hotmail.com

Shaz Davis is a freelance writer, photo journalist and author based in Oxford, Canterbury. With almost two decades of martial arts training under her belt Shaz has combined her love of words and training to produce a book of short stories on life-lessons from the dojo, complimented with original haiku, in her latest book Polished Steel: Lessons from the Dojo.



To feature here, email nzsacanterbury@gmail.com with:

  • your name,
  • a photograph,
  • a bio of no more than 60 words,
  • and a single link to either your author website or another place online where people can find out more about you and your writing. This might be your Amazon author page, Goodreads, Facebook or something else. You can have one link.



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