Maris O'Rourke began writing in 2008, with immediate success in a number of adult poetry competitions, anthologies and international literary magazines. Her first poetry collection for adults, Singing With Both Throats, was published by David Ling in 2013 to good reviews and in 2015 she won the IWW’s Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems with her sequence Motherings.
Her first children’s books were the very successful series of Lillibutt books illustrated by Claudia Pond Eyley and published by David Ling Publishing of Duck Creek Press: Lillibutt’s Big Adventure (2012); Lillibutt’s Te Araroa Adventure (2014) and Lillibutt’s Australian Adventure (2015).
Maris is an enthusiastic performer and has run many sessions in schools using her children’s books and poetry, as well as appearing at numerous adult poetry festivals and poetry conferences.
She is currently working on a memoir with the working title Zig Zags and Leapfrogs. For children, her work-in-progress is a Māori translation of Lillibutt’s Te Araroa Adventure with Arni Wainui for Kura Kaupapa Māori, as well as another children’s book with the working title Superbaby.