Kirsty Powell was raised east of Eketahuna in a rural community. She likes to write real New Zealand characters into her fiction, poems and short stories. She has a Masters of Creative Writing (AUT) and has published in Fresh Ink Anthologies 2017 and 2019. Her debut novel 'The Strength of Eggshells' was released in October 2019 by Cloud Ink Press. She is currently working on a sequel novel and a chapter book for children. She also enjoys planting trees, saving the world from marine plastic one bottle at a time and dreams of travelling the world by bicycle or motorbike, blogging her impressions on Instagram @k_j_powell.
Discussion Panel: Opening History (with Carly Thomas, Tony Chapelle, Jill Darragh, Andi C Buchanan, and Cristina Sanders)
Monday 14 September, 11:15am - 12:30pm
Host Carly Thomas natters to New Zealand authors of historical fiction about delving into research, the value of anecdotal material as clues, contradictory facts and making decisions about how many facts to use. Each author will also read excerpts from their novels.