Otherhood launch events
8, 9 & 15 May 2024
Auckland, Wellington & Dunedin

Join us at one of our three Otherhood launches around Aotearoa in May 2024!

More about Otherhood 

Pre-order Otherhood from Massey University Press

Auckland Writer’s Festival
19 May, 2024
Otherhood panel discussion

Come listen us chat with two our our contributors about how to snap back at people who keep asking why you don’t have children, or saying ‘But what’s your purpose in life???’ Get some great alternative conversation starters to ‘Do you have children?’, like ‘If you put a bowtie on a giraffe, should it go under it’s chin or at the bottom of it’s neck?’

Get tickets to Otherhood at AWF


17-19 March, 2023,
New Plymouth
World of Words at WOMAD

 Stoked to be getting the chance to go to WOMAD and participate in their World of Words authors sessions (but also to see the amazing artists they have perform). Who’s coming to New Plymouth?

Book tickets online here, or view the line-up on the WOMAD site.

April 2, 2023, 9am, Wānaka
In discussion with Charlotte Grimshaw

Look, Charlotte Grimshaw keeps trying to steal my limelight, but I’ll allow it because we’re bonded in the trauma of publishing very personal memoirs that our family members were NOT happy about. 

If you’re in the area, come see us speak as a part of Aspiring Conversations. Chloe Swarbrick will be doing some events too. I know all you queer ladies have a crush on her, as you should!

Buy a ticket here

Pride Authors Panel 
23 June 5:30-7:30pm
Run by Inside Out Aotearoa

Inside Out are the BEST, supporting rainbow youth across New Zealand with everything from school programmes to resources for workplaces and schools, to great intiatives like Out on the Shelves, where you’ll find Not That I’d Kiss A Girl.

I’m stoked to be joining some other rainbow authors for a panel during Pride 2022 – register here and you can ever write a terrifying question that I’ll have to answer on the fly.


March 25-27, Wanaka
In discussion with Charlotte Grimshaw

UPDATE: CANCELLED DUE TO COVID - this has been rescheduled for 2023, see above

Speaking on Sunday, March 27 (COVID-dependent) with Charlotte Grimshaw, author of The Mirror Book.

3-5 December, 2021
Panel: On writing and publishing family mythologies and the ethics of consent

Stoked to be speaking on a panel with some old faves and new friends at NonfictioNOW, on the topic of:

On writing and publishing family mythologies and the ethics of consent

With: Rose Lu, Alie Benge, Kyle Mewburn, Gigi Fenster

About NonfictionNOW

NonfictioNOW Conference is a regular gathering of over 400 nonfiction writers, teachers, readers and students from around the world in an effort to explore the past, present, and future of nonfiction. Luckily for me, this year’s conference is in little old NZ.

NonfictioNOW gathers leading writers from around the world to share notes with emerging peers and audiences on the intricate challenges and intriguing delights of writing and reading nonfiction NOW.

Harcourts Hawkes Bay Arts Festival


Very gutted that this event with Tom Sainsbury and Kyle Mewburn was cancelled due to COVID and Aucklanders being unable to travel. I really do feel for organisers during these times.


The Festival will go on, just not with any Jafas, phew. 

Auckland Writers Festival

This was so special to be a part of – firstly as I got to teach teenagers about finding your authentic voice and writing with honesty about yourself and others for the Schools Programme. And of course to get on the main stage in the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre with two NZ literary legends.  Link to the podcast recording is here and below.

Read Steve Braunias’ slightly shit-stirring account of the Festival at Newsroom, or listen to the recording of the session.

Same Same but Different Gala

 Back on my bullshit at the Same Same but Different literary festival, part of Pride 2021!! Head to the Auckland Pride website to register.

WORD Christchurch
–29.10.20 to -01.11.20

I am in FOUR events on Saturday in Christchurch. AM I MAD??

Update: I ended the night, after reading my strap-on scene, drinking whiskey amongst such company as Becky Manawatu and Paula Morris. Pinch me.

Check out the full programme

Ladies’ Litera-tea, from The Women’s Bookshop
1:30pm-5pm Raye Freedman Arts centre, Epsom Girls, Auckland

A delightful afternoon where a group of New Zealand authors who have published a book in the last year each do a short talk about their work, with a reading from their book. Including me. I will be there doing that.

This years' line-up:
Olivia Hayfield (Sue Copsey)
Philippa Swan
Karlo Mila
Amy McDaid
Golriz Ghahraman
Monique Fiso
Hinemoa Elder
Rose Lu
Catherine Chidgey
Lil O'Brien
Debra Millar & Jane Ussher

I’ve heard this is the Auckland literary event of the year...

–06.11.20 to 08.11.20
Various locations

I’m stoked to be headed down to Wellington for VERB, my favourite literary event of the year. You’ll find me at:

1) Not That I’d Kiss A Girl - A discussion with Emily Writes
Sunday 8 November, 11am, Meow

2) Bad Diaries Saloon with LitCrawl: I join other writers to read cringey entries from my old journals
Saturday, 7 November, Time TBC, Venue TBC

The programme is officially launched in September - check the website

Nelson Arts Festival       
Pukapuka Talks

Check me out! My first ever writers festival as an artist. 

Same Same But
Different Festival
2pm, Online

An online discussion with Nevo Zisin, author of Finding Nevo, and Sam Orchard, as a part of the two-day Same Same But Different Festival: A celebration of Aotearoa NZ’s LGBTQI writing talent.

Listen to the chat

Book Launch
The Tuesday Club


COME OUT to the launch of Not That I’d Kiss A Girl!

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event from The Women’s Bookshop, as well as complimentary drinks from Garage Project, Moi Wines and imagination gin.

Please RSVP at not-that-id-kiss-girl-book-launch.eventbrite.co.nz, as the venue has a capacity limit.

The venue has disabled access, and gender neutral bathrooms.