Shona Riddell is a writer from Wellington who enjoys cold, windy weather, and stories about remote locations.
Over the past 20 years Shona has worked as a journalist, teacher, and author. She has written three books, all with connections to her family history.
Shona’s latest book, Guiding Lights: The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women (Exisle Publishing, 2020), explores the history of female lighthouse keepers through the centuries and around the world. Kete Books described Guiding Lights as “a beautiful, clever book, capturing the stark, wave-lashed ruggedness of lighthouse-keeping”.
Her previous book, Trial of Strength: Adventures and Misadventures on the Wild and Remote Subantarctic Islands (Exisle Publishing, 2018) explores New Zealand’s dramatic, isolated southern islands and the intrepid people who lived there – including women and young children. Shona’s great-great grandmother was born on Auckland Island in 1851. Nimrod magazine (UK) described Trial of Strength as “a delightful book … a feast for the senses”.
Shona has also published The Tale of the Anzac Tortoise (2014, distributed by EK Books), a children’s book about her family tortoise from Gallipoli who was rescued from the trenches by a wounded soldier during World War One and given to a nurse. The tortoise spent 80 years with four generations of Shona’s family.
Shona Riddell at DWRF 2021:
Women, Past & Present