At school, Kirby-Jane was the girl who had her nose continuously stuck in a book, which eventually resulted in a PhD in English Literature from the University of Auckland. An academic career teaching professional writing and researching 19th-century literature followed, during which time she published a book (Aestheticism and the Marriage Market in Victorian Popular Fiction) and several articles on the long 19th century, with particular focus on women's and popular literature. She later turned her hand to roles in research management and commercialisation at leading New Zealand universities and research institutions.
Her current role as Business Partnerships Team Leader at GNS Science involves the collaboration and connection between science and stakeholder priorities that contribute to a cleaner, safer, more prosperous New Zealand. She has a deep appreciation for the humanities and social sciences, and brings that skillset and creativity to her work on a daily basis.
Since 2010, she has also managed her own production company, Wolfgang Creative, and has been involved in the script development and professional production of several theatre projects.
The Language of Flowers