Emma, born in Dunedin, has also lived in Christchurch, Wellington, San Diego, and London. She has a BA (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington and an MA and a PhD from University College London. The author of six novels and six collections of poetry, she also has a collection of short fiction due out in April/May 2021.
Emma’s novel Fosterling (Vintage, Random House (NZ), 2011) was short-listed for the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011. It is now in development for film adaptation with Sandy Lane Productions.
Her poetry collection The Truth Garden (Otago University Press, 2012) was awarded the Kathleen Grattan Award for an unpublished manuscript 2011, and Tender Machines (Otago University Press, 2015) was long-listed in the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Her novel Billy Bird (Vintage, Penguin Random (NZ), 2016) was short-listed for the Acorn Prize, Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017, and long-listed in the International Dublin Literary Award 2018.
Among other awards, she has received an English Speaking Union Cultural Scholarship, ESU Cultural Seminar, Cambridge University (UK), 1999; the Todd/Creative New Zealand New Writer’s Bursary, 2000; the inaugural Janet Frame/NZSA Memorial Prize for Literature (2008); and the Robert Burns Writer’s Fellowship (2012). Her poetry was short-listed for the inaugural Sarah Broom Poetry Award (2014). She has also held the Philip and Diane Beatson Writer’s Award (2015); the University of Auckland Michael King Writer’s Fellowship (2019); and, in 2020, she received the Lauris Edmond Memorial Award for a Distinguished Contribution to Poetry.
Emma currently edits Landfall, works as a freelance editor, and co-supervises creative/critical PhD candidates at the University of Otago.
Emma Neale at DWRF 2021:
WORKSHOP: Seeds of Poetry
Politics of Poetry
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