About Me

My story collection First fox was published by the UK’s The Emma Press and illustrated by Rachel J. Fenton. Irish writer Nuala O’Connor said First fox contained “Gorgeously surreal short fiction,” and NZ writer Frankie McMillan said “Devour this delightful book in one sitting then savour the stories all over again.” There’s more on First fox here.

In 2016 I was shortlisted for Ireland’s Fish Flash Fiction Prize and highly commended in the Takahé Short Story Competition. I was runner-up in the 2015 National Flash Fiction Day Contest and highly commended in the 2014 North & South Short, Short Story Competition and 2013 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. In 2009 I received the NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award for Writing.

I co-presented “The ‘V’ Word – Voice in the NZ Short Story” at the 14th International Conference on the Short Story in English, held in Shanghai in 2016; and my flash fiction street art has popped up around the world from Sweden to the USA to Tanzania.

I hold a Master of Creative Writing (First Class Honours) from AUT University.

My favourite authors include Grace Paley, Lucia Berlin and Katherine MansfieldOther loves are opera and beer.

Leanne