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Melanie Harding-Shaw

Melanie Harding-Shaw

Melanie Harding-Shaw

M elanie Harding-Shaw is a speculative fiction writer, policy geek and mother-of-three from Wellington. Her short fiction has appeared in a range of local and international publications, including newsroom, TakahÄ“, Daily Science Fiction and The Best of British Fantasy 2019. her longer fiction, the 'Censored City' novelette series, is available on Amazon and Book Depository. She is the NZ Writer Liaison for CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook, or at



Discussion Panel: Speculative Fiction (with Lee Murray, Octavia Cade, Cassie Hart and Laura McKay).

Saturday 12 September, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

A chance for readers, writers and enthusiasts of the worlds of fiction writing - sci-fi, fantasy, horror, apocalyptic and dystopian, and alternate history, to meet five of NZ's top speculative fiction authors.


Discussion Panel: Horror Writing Today (with Marie Hodgkinson and Cassie Hart).

Sunday 13 September, 11:15am - 12:30pm

Tales of horror have a long pedigree. Join Marie Hodgkinson of Paper Road Press (NZ publisher of 'books from beyond the beaten track') as she talks about the attraction of horror fiction with authors Melanie Harding-Shaw and Cassie Hart. Melanie will also read excerpts from her book 'Black Dogs, Black Tales'.