About Me

My short story collection First fox is published by the UK’s award-winning The Emma Press and illustrated by Rachel J. Fenton. First fox was launched at the Auckland Writer’s Festival and made the Best of 2017 reading list for Ireland’s Banshee literary journal. 

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 appeared around the world.

I received the NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award for Writing and in 2018 won the Graeme Lay Short Story Competition. I’ve been shortlisted in numerous competitions including the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition, North & South magazine’s Short, Short Story Competition, the takahé Short Story Competition, the National Flash Fiction Day Contest, and Ireland’s Fish Flash Fiction and Short Story Prizes.

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