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Susan Wardell

SusanWardell (c)SusanWardell-750Susan Wardell is from Dunedin, New Zealand, where she lectures in Social Anthropology, while raising two small humans and a modest indoor jungle.

Alongside academic writing Susan publishes in a variety of creative genres. Her poetry, micro-fiction, book reviews and literary essays have been published in a variety of journals throughout Australasia, and won several awards. Her first book for children, The Lighthouse Princess, is the text for the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award 2021 for illustration.

Selected bibliography:
  • ‘Fill-in Family Pop Quiz’, Ko Aotearoa Tatou: We Are New Zealand (Anthology). Eds. Michelle Elvy, Paula Morris, & James Norcliffe. (2020/forthcoming)
  • ‘High Country Hallelujah’, Landfall 239. (Otago University Press, 2020/forthcoming)
  • ‘A selection of papers translated from birdsong’, The Perfect Weight of Blankets at Night (NZPS Anthology 2020/forthcoming)
  • ‘December’, Geometry (2020/forthcoming)
  • ‘All the trees’, Plumwood Mountain: An Australian journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetrics, (2019).
  • ‘Little 'berg goes to the Big City’, Not Very Quiet: A Journal of Women’s Poetry (2019)


Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki and Friends of Storylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki together form New Zealand’s only national organisation working year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature through activities that include a major national Story Tour to schools, early childhood centres and communities, and awards for writers, illustrators and those who work in the area of New Zealand children’s literature



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