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Linda Hansen

Linda Hansen-143Linda Hansen is an author, performer and storyteller living by the sea in Wellington. She’s worked as a writer most of her life and has a VUW Master of Communications and is a qualified Adult Literacy Educator.. Linda researched and wrote for politicians during eight years as a Parliamentary Researcher and taught business writing and communication for 15 years in Massey and other New Zealand universities.

When not writing her books, Linda contributes articles to Historicool children's magazine. At other times, she travels as a professional storyteller, sharing myriad tales and also talking about the topics in her fact-based fiction.

Socks (2012) is a story on homelessness that won her the Jack Lasenby Senior Award for children’s writing.

An Unexpected Hero was chosen for the 2017 NZReadAloud programme (Year7-8) helping make Archie Baxter, WW1 conscientious objector and father of James K. Baxter,better known in New Zealand schools and overseas.

Bad Oil and the Animals introduces a multi-cultural group of teenage activists aiming a spotlight at illegal palm oil production and animal welfare in New Zealand and elsewhere and who expose the link between the destruction of orangutan habitat and factory farming, with unexpected consequences.

Linda  took months researching the 25 women from 25 countries whose brief biographies appear at the back of her latest YA book, The Fire Keeper’s Girls (published in November 2018). In the story, two troubled teenagers encounter a mysterious game involving real-life women, making it ideal for 125 Suffrage commemorations. She depicts a community able to embrace the gifts that every girl brings with her at birth, a real community where girls aren’t family property to trade or blank pages to be etched with cultural demands. The Fire Keeper’s Girls has been endorsed by women leaders in both science and the arts and called ‘the book every woman wishes she had read as a teenager’ by Alexia Hilbertidou, 2018 Young Woman of Influence and founder of GirlBoss NZ.

When she’s not writing, Linda takes her session ‘Peacemakers of these Islands’ into schools. It’s a sweeping overview of those who made non-violence their way of life right up to the present day and includes little-known New Zealand connections to some world-famous names.  
Selected bibliography:
  • The Fire Keeper’s Girls (Nov 2018)
  • Bad Oil and the Animals (Onepoto Press, Dec. 2016)
  • An Unexpected Hero (CreateBooks Publishing, 2014)                             
  • Food Legends of the World: Traditional Tales.  Illustrated by Bodhi Vincent (The Dancing Lion Press, 2010)
  • The Jack Lasenby Award 2012 Senior Winner
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