Hi, I’m Liz.
I’m a writer, editor and performer based in Hawea Flat, New Zealand.
My writing has appeared in publications including Landfall, Cafe Reader, the Listener, the New Zealand Herald, the Press, the Dominion Post, Takahē, OH baby!, on magazine, Kiwi Diary, Blackmail Press and Bravado. Some of my short stories have been developed for Radio New Zealand National. My regular column, Thinking Allowed, can be read in the Weekend Mix section of the Otago Daily Times every other Saturday. Selected articles from the last time I remembered to do updates can also be found on this website.
Please visit my plays page to read about some of my on-stage dramas.
I’m looking forward to the publication of my first collection of poems – Alzheimer’s and a spoon – with Otago University Press in 2017. In other poem highlights, I performed at TEDx Queenstown in 2016, came second-runner-up in the 2014 New Zealand National Poetry Slam, and came third in the 2016 Charles Causley Trust International Poetry Prize.
A small selection of my published poems can be read here.
I’m into opportunities for local voices. I’ve previously worked with the folks at the Outspoken Festival and I co-founded the now defunct Poetic Justice Wanaka. I run workshops on demand to help people bring their own words to life and I’m an entertaining and conscientious speaker and MC.