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Vanessa Hatley-Owen

Vanessa was a daydreaming child whose nose was permanently stuck in a book. Now, she is a keen writer of stories for children, and has been published by Upstart Press, Duck Creek Press, Oratia, Sunshine Books and Learning Media, and has also been shortlisted for both the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon and Storylines Joy Cowley awards. She reviews books for Kids Books NZ and in 2018 was a recipient of a New Zealand Society of Authors mentorship. She has several manuscripts in various stages of completion, and in her day job, she is a librarian in a primary school; which means she gets to talk to children about books all day!

Vanessa Hatley-Owen 2021

Selected bibliography:

The Littlest Lifeguard illustrated by Lisa Allen, (Upstart Press 2024)

Farewell Anahera illustrated by Scott Irvine, translated by Kanapu Rangitauira (Duck Creek Press 2023)

When Dad Came Home illustrated by Rosie Colligan (Oratia 2018)


Finalist for Best Picture Book New Zealand Book Award for Children & Young Adults 2023 ‘Farewell, Anahera’, Duck Creek Press

Shortlisted (Highly Commended) for the 2023 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award for her junior fiction manuscript Ghost Writer

2018 Recipient of the NZSA Mentorship

Shortlisted for the 2014 Storylines Joy Cowley Award for her picture book manuscript The Picture That Jack Drew

Shortlisted for the 2011 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award for her junior fiction manuscript Aprons and iPods

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