Hokianga author Susy Pointon will release her new short story collection The Turn of the Tide: Te Huringa o te Tai – More Stories of the Hokianga in early 2018.
The stories are based around the Hokianga and its harbour, legends and inhabitants.
Dreamers: Nga Kaimoemoea – Stories of the Hokianga was Susy’s first collection and was published in 2015 by Steele Roberts.
Another of her projects is writing a book on the history of the Hokianga and the descendants of the Waitangi Treaty, supported by a grant from the Copyright Licensing Trust. There is also Appalachian Spring, a personal narrative and a memoir of her time in the USA, told through a series of short stories.
Susy writes for a living and conducts interviews about local history and Māori history. Born in Wellington, Susy lived in the USA for decades.
Her writing life began when, on the advice of her teachers, Susy set out to be a writer and illustrator of children’s books. She studied at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, where she became seriously diverted by film-making and went on to enjoy a long career in film and television in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the USA. Susy says she has, however, always maintained a parallel career in creative writing and has been published in numerous literary journals and short story anthologies in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Susy says she was three times a finalist in the Australian/Vogel Literary Awards and won the inaugural Annie Dillard Award for Creative Non-fiction in the USA in 1996. Since returning to New Zealand in 1997 she has had around 30 short stories broadcast by National Radio, some of which have been anthologised in Dreamers: Nga Kai Moemoea.
Her second collection of short stories set in the Hokianga, The Turn of the Tide: Te Huringa o Te Tai will also be published by Steele Roberts in February 2018. This will be followed later this year by a collection of personal essays, mainly set in the USA. She is also working on a novel set in Northland during the era of Treaty settlements and a history of the descendants of the Treaty in the Hokianga. If she can find the time, she will finally complete writing and illustrating her first children’s picture book about the God Pan. Susy supports her writing by documentary film-making, teaching in NorthTec’s Online Applied Writing Programme and at Hiwa-i-te-rangi, a school for young parents in Kaikohe.
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