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Nouns, verbs, etc. (selected poems). Otago University Press 2020 (poetry)

Decline and Fall on Savage Street. Penguin Random House New Zealand 2017 (novel)

The Villa at the Edge of the Empire. Penguin Random House New Zealand 2015 (non-fiction)

The Quake Year, Canterbury University Press 2012
(interviews and images in conjunction with photographer Juliet Nicholas)

The Broken Book, Auckland University Press 2011 (essays and poetry)

Limestone, Random House New Zealand 2009 (novel)

The Pop-Up Book of Invasions. Auckland University Press 2007 (poetry)

 Mr Allbones Ferrets. Random House New Zealand 2007 (novel)

and Thomas Dunne Books / St Martin's Press (US) 2009

Best New Zealand Fiction Vol.4. Random House New Zealand 2007 (Editor)

Book Book, Random House New Zealand 2004 (novel)

The Hopeful Traveller. Random House New Zealand 2002 (novel)

Light Readings. Random House New Zealand 2001 (short stories)

The Inhabited Initial. Auckland University Press.1999 (poetry)    

Six Clever Girls Who Became Famous Women. Penguin Books (NZ) 1996 (novel)

The Skinny Louie Book.  Penguin Books (NZ) 1992 (novel)

The Rock Garden.  Auckland University Press, 1989 (short stories)

Cutting Out.  Auckland University Press, 1987 (poetry)

Published in the Listener, Sport, Southerly, School Journal, Landfall, Metro, Chelsea Magasin and broadcast by Radio New Zealand.


"Airmen" in Women's Work ed.  Wevers and McLeod.  OUP, 1987.

"Footnote"  in The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories ed. Davis and Haley. Penguin, 1989; Goodbye to Romance.  Stories by New Zealand and Australian Women Writers 1930-1988 ed.  Webby and Wevers.  Allen and Unwin, 1989.

"A Story about Skinny Louie" broadcast by Radio New Zealand.  Also published in Vital  Writing ed.  Andrew Mason.  Godwit Press, 1990; Closing the File.  Godwit Press 1990; Best Short Stories 1990 ed. Giles Gordon and David Hughes.  Heinemann London, 1990.

"Rag Bag" in Storia Antipodes.  Allen and Unwin 1992; Vital Writing II ed. Andrew Mason.  Godwit Press 1992; Speaking with the Sun ed.  Stephanie Dowrick and Jane Parkin.  Allen and Unwin, 1991.

"The Gift" in The Oxford Book of New Zealand Short Stories ed.  Vincent O'Sullivan.  OUP, 1992.

"O.E." in The Good Tourist and the Laughing Cadaver ed.  Michael Gifkin.  Vintage, 1992.

"Sure to Rise" in Best Short Stories 1994 ed.  Gordon and Hughes.  Heinemann, London, 1995.

"Market Pointers" in Crossing ed. Tessa Duder. Reed, 1995.

"Once" in New 100 New Zealand Short Stories ed. Graeme Lay. Tandem Press, 1997.

"The Pale Pink Ford Cortina" and "Breakout in Shed 111" for Heinemann Blasters Series. Heinemann Australia, 1997.

“Heads or Tails” in Author’s Choice ed. Owen Marshall. Penguin Books (NZ) 2001

“The Strange Mystery of the Disappearing Body” in The Best New Zealand Short Fiction, Vol. 1 ed. Fiona Kidman. Vintage, 2004

“How she walked to the cave” in The Best New Zealand Short Fiction, Vol.2 ed. Fiona Kidman. Vintage 2005


Published in Landfall, the NZ Listener, Metro, The School Journal, Takahe, Sport.

Also selections in:

Yellow Pencils ed.  Lydia Wevers.  OUP, 1988.

The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Poetry/Nga Kupu Titohu o Aotearoa ed.  Evans, McQueen and Wedde.  Penguin, 1989.

100 New Zealand Poems chosen by Bill Manhire.  Godwit Press, 1993.

An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English, ed. Bornholdt, O'Brien and Williams. Oxford, 1997.

Spirit in a Strange Land ed. Morris, Ricketts & Grimshaw, Godwit, 2002

Spirit Abroad ed. Morris, Ricketts & Grimshaw, Godwit 2004

"Charlotte O'Neil's Song" selected for UK GCSE Syllabus, 1998-2000. NEAB Anthology, Heinemann/BBC Video. Also published in “Wicked Poems” ed. Roger McGough, Bloomsbury, 2002.

"In Confidence:  Dialogues with Amy Bock" performed in Palmerston North (SROW Conference, 1986), Allen Hall, Dunedin; Depot Theatre, Wellington.

"Airwaves" in Song of the Shirt.  McIndoe Press, 1993.  High school performances in NZ.

"Bonds" performed in Palmerston North and at the Depot Theatre, Wellington.

"Thatcher, Vitelli and Small" performed in Palmerston North.  (Music in Education Conference, 1990)

"Passengers" performed for Y.W.C.A. Centenary, Palmerston North, 1989, and at Allen Hall, Otago University; productions at schools in NZ, Australia, USA.

"Chook Chook" commissioned by Otago University Drama Department, 1996. Performed by over 80 companies in New Zealand, UK and Australia.

Articles and reviews in The Dominion Sunday Times, the Listener, Comment, Act, The Journal of New Zealand Litrterature and Performing Arts in Canada.

Entries for The Book of New Zealand Women (Allen and Unwin, 1991) and The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.

Preface to exhibition catalogue “Dark Plain” , COCA, Christchurch Arts Festival 2001

Stories broadcast by Radio New Zealand including "Sure to Rise", "A Story About Skinny Louie","P-R-D-S-D-CKS", “The Play of Light”, “Light Readings”,  “Ground”. 


Six Clever Girls (Nine to Noon,1997)

Book Book (Nine to Noon, 2005)

Mr Allbones Ferrets (Nine to Noon, 2008) & (Afternoons with Jim Mora, 2011)

"The Perils of Pauline Smith" (Mobil Award for Best Radio Drama, 1990)

“Chook Chook" (Radio version, 1994)



A study of artist Gavin Bishop, for Sally Blundell's anthology, 'Look This Way' (Random House New Zealand 2007)

Lyrics for composer Lyell Cresswell's commissioned work for the Canterbury Symphony Orchestra, 'Canterbury Rhymes', 2007

Poems and stories for children in the School Journal and for Heinemann Australia's 'Blasters' series.

Text to accompany an outdoor photographic exhibition for the Christchurch Arts Festival, 2007