born in Wellington and, except for a year in Ireland, spent all of her childhood there. She recalls that the maximum number of books you were allowed to take out of the Johnsonville library was five, so that’s how many she took out. By Monday she had usually read them all and Friday would seem like a long way away. Brigid started sending stories to the Evening Post
children’s page, and can still remember the feeling of excitement when they were published.
Brigid studied law at university and most of her jobs have been in the public sector and they have mainly involved writing. While working she took a couple of short creative writing courses, but it wasn’t until she had a baby that she actually sat down at regular intervals and for a sustained length of time and finished a draft of a novel. Stella Star
(2005) owes of much its existence to the sleeping habits of her son.
Brigid lives with her husband, son and cat in Island Bay, Wellington. The beach is not too far away from their house. Wellington’s south coast is a beautiful place for rambles and clear-the-head walks.
- Stella Star (Scholastic 2005).
- Maybe, Stella (Scholastic 2007).