Fabricating Fiction, Climate Crime, and a Guiding Star

First blog of the year … yes, I know it’s a bit late, but I have news of upcoming events for my new novel Emergency Weather plus awards news!

Fabricating Fiction: Wellington novelists on the fiction they create from the facts

Tīhema Baker (Turncoat), Tim Jones (Emergency Weather), Jennifer Lane (Miracle) and Kate Mahony (Secrets of the Land) will talk with publisher and novelist Mary McCallum about the politics, events and life experiences that inform their novels and how they shaped them into compelling narratives. Novelists bring your questions!

Friday 19 April 5.30-7pm
Undercurrent, 118 Tory Street
Drinks and nibbles

Climate Crime at #MysteryInTheLibrary

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with Hutt City Libraries, invites booklovers to a thrilling event featuring four Kiwi novelists.

Past finalist Helen Vivienne Fletcher is joined by award-winning poet and climate change author Tim Jones, and debut novelists Kate Mahony and Carolyn Swindell for a criminally good conversation about creating memorable characters, the importance of setting, and exploring real-life issues through fictional tales.

WHEN: Wednesday 1 May 2024
WHERE: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
WHEN: 6.15 for a 6.30pm panel discussion

“Guiding Star” shortlisted for an Australasian poetry award

My poem “Guiding Star”, which was published in the excellent anthology Remains To Be Told: Dark Tales from Aotearoa, edited by Lee Murray, has been shortlisted in the Poetry category for the Australasian Shadows Award – all the details are at https://australasianhorror.com/australian-shadows-awards/. Congratulations to all the nominees!

“Guiding Star” is having a good start to 2024, as it’s also been nominated for the 2024 Rhysling Awards: http://www.sfpoetry.com/ra/rhyscand.html