Author Archives: Tina

Storylines award

I was at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day yesterday and won the Tessa Duder Award for an unpublished manuscript. While there, I happened to shamelessly cadge a photo from our PM (my heroine). One thing that really struck me … Continue reading

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My new YA title

I find the decision by Whitcoulls to not stock my new YA title ‘Make a Hard Fist’ – as it’s possibly too confronting and therefore a hard sell – to be a disturbing trend for New Zealand publishing. So does … Continue reading

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The wonderful Hilary Mantel

I’m such a fan of Hilary Mantel’s writing, so was thrilled to pick up a discounted copy of her story collection at a bookshop recently. There is a marvellous story  about two girls who are spying on a strange figure in … Continue reading

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New year’s inspiration

To see in the New Year, I’ve been reading the marvellous and thought-provoking memoir by Tim Winton: The boy behind the curtain. Am particularly enjoying his muscular descriptive passages that bring the Aussie landscape to life, such as driving across the … Continue reading

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About distractions

Found this marvellous description from the poet Mary Oliver of how easy it is to be distracted as a writer: It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps … Continue reading

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They’re reading my book in the UK

I have had the loveliest email from James Watson, a teacher in the UK: Hello Tina, I am a Year 3 teacher in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and my class is currently working on a writing project surrounding your book, The … Continue reading

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Writing about Life

I’ve just finished a great ‘memoir’ style book that reminds me that you don’t have to think of memoir as starting at the beginning and sketching in one’s whole life … H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is about a young … Continue reading

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Old Brain stuff

Am reading Zizz! The life and art of Len Lye, in his own words and found this great quote: “When I’m in the mood to draw, I cultivate a vacuous, seaweed-pod state of kelp in my skull. Attached to a pencil, … Continue reading

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Eileen Myles

I’ve just discovered this wonderful American poet, Eileen Myles: WHAT TREE AM I WAITING That whole part of the world where I won’t go any- more that whole separation that I won’t feel high in this house in this hemisphere … Continue reading

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Wonderful ceramics

While in Wellington recently I visited an exhibition of Bronwynne Cornish’s work. It was brilliant to see these pieces ‘in the flesh’ – and even to take photographs. 

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