6 AUGUST 6:30-8:00PM



Come along and hear our panellists Craig Cliff, Danielle Hawkins, Lloyd Jones and Tammy Robinson in conversation with chair Kirstine Moffat over a complimentary glass of wine. This event is supported by Poppies Bookshop with books for sale and signing. 

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Craig Cliff is the author of the novels Nailing Down the Saint, The Mannequin Makers, and the story collection A Man Melting, which won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. In addition to fiction, Craig has published poetry, essays and reviews, been a newspaper columnist and judged poetry and short story competitions. His work has been translated into German, Spanish and Romanian and he participated in the University of Iowa’s International Writers Program in 2013. He was the Robert Burns Fellow at the University of Otago in 2017 and currently lives in Wellington with his young family.

In 2008, while living in Edinburgh, he tried to write one million words in 366 days (it was a leap year). He only wrote 800,737 words, but it was a very successful failure.



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Danielle Hawkins is the author of four novels mostly set in rural New Zealand: Dinner at Rose’s, Chocolate Cake for Breakfast, The Pretty Delicious Café and her most recent, When it All Went to Custard.

Danielle lives on a sheep and beef farm near Otorohanga with her husband and two children. She works part-time as a vet and writes when the kids are at school and she’s not required for farming purposes. She is a keen gardener, an intermittently keen cook and an avid reader. Her other talents include memorising poetry, bread-making, drenching lambs and zapping flies with an electric fly swat. She tends to exaggerate to improve the story, with the result that her husband believes almost nothing she says.



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Lloyd Jones is one of New Zealand’s most internationally successful contemporary writers. He has published essays and children’s books but his best known work is the phenomenally successful novel Mister Pip, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007. It also won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and Montana Medal for Fiction in 2007 and the Kiriyama Writers’ Prize in 2008, and was later adapted as a motion picture. Among his other most decorated works are The Book of Fame, winner of numerous literary awards, Biografi, a New York Times Notable Book, Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance, Paint Your Wife and Hand Me Down World. The Cage was shortlisted for the  Ockham New Zealand Book Award, The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize this year.




Tammy Robinson is a contemporary women’s fiction author who has published six novels through Amazon. In 2017 Tammy signed with Piatkus UK and Hachette ANZ for two new novels: Differently Normal released in 2018 and Photos of You released in 2019. Photos of You will also be released in the United States through Grand Central Publishing in February 2020.
Tammy lives with her husband and three young children in the Waikato, New Zealand where she continues to write beautiful novels with heart.




Kirstine Moffat is Associate Professor in the English Programme at the University of Waikato, where she teaches papers on adaptation, tragedy and comedy, dystopian writing, and New Zealand literature. She co-writes the annual survey of New Zealand literature for the Journal of Commonwealth Literature and has published widely on nineteenth-century New Zealand literature, music, and culture. Kirstine is the author of Piano Forte: Stories and Soundscapes from Colonial New Zealand and is currently writing a cultural history of Gilbert and Sullivan in Australia and New Zealand.



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