2 Queens Drive
The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Hutt City Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring four talented and acclaimed Wellington writers.
2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrants Annaleese Jochems, Jennifer Lane, and Kirsten McDougall will discuss how they create memorable characters, craft page-turning plotlines, and infuse their exciting storytelling with real-life issues. Ockham Awards shortlisted author Brannavan Gnanalingam will prosecute the offenders.
Annaleese Jochems is originally from Northland, the setting for her first novel BABY, which has been shortlisted for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Jochems has been called "a terrifying talent" (The Spinoff) and her debut "Creepy and subversive ... a classy debut (New Zealand Listener).
Jennifer Lane is a Wellington copywriter, short story writer, and author. Her first YA novel, ALL OUR SECRETS, has been called “a hugely enjoyable mash-up of small town horror and coming-of-age story, with plenty of quirky and sometimes downright weird humour thrown in" (New Zealand Herald).
Kirsten McDougall is a Wellington publicist and author. Her second book, TESS, was longlisted for the 2018 Ockhams, and is a gothic tale centred on a teen runaway who becomes entwined in the family troubles of a man who picks her up from the side of the highway. "A gripping novella about a troubled teen" (New Zealand Listener).
Brannavan Gnanalingam is a Wellington lawyer and writer of fiction and non-fiction. His novel A BRIEFCASE, TWO PIES AND A PENTHOUSE was called “an uncomfortably believable caricature of spycraft the New Zealand way” (NZ Listener). His latest novel, SODDEN DOWNSTREAM, is shortlisted for the 2018 Ockhams.