Meet the authors 

Joy CowleyJo RandersonAnt Sang
Marisa MaepuMandy HagerPaora Tibble
Frances SamuelElizabeth KnoxPhillip Mann
Raymond HuberKyle MewburnTusiata Avia
John McCrystalDave ArmstrongMargaret Mahy
Anatonio Te MaiohaBarbara ElseJames Brown
Moira WairamaEmily HunterTusi Tamasese
Bill ManhireAdrienne Jansen (Editor) Sarah Laing (Illustrator)

Joy Cowley The Curioseum

Joy Cowley The Curioseum

I’m a seventy-seven-year-old child who likes writing, cooking, woodturning and playing Scrabble with my husband, Terry. I particularly like writing and reading stories that invite me to step into them.

Jo Randerson

I live in Wellington with my husband and two sons. I like strange and disruptive things (you can see that on my website, being outside and crazy dancing, especially in costume.

Ant Sang The Curioseum

Ant Sang The Curioseum

I am a cartoonist who writes and draws comic books and graphic novels. I was also the designer for the animated television show bro’Town.

Marisa Maepu The Curioseum

I’m a writer from Wellington. I enjoy writing about weird, wonderful and wacky things – like made-up creatures. I also like cupcakes.Marisa Maepu The Curioseum

Mandy Haeger The Curioseum

I write novels for young adults because I love this genre – it’s pacy and exciting, and gives me a chance to get the reader thinking about what’s really going on in their world. I also teach novel writing for the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme.

Paora Tibble

Paora Tibble The Curioseum

I’m a proud dad, writer and te reo Māori translator at Te Papa. I get to learn and write about interesting stuff all the time. I love rugby, both union and league. Some of my favourite stories have animals as the key characters, like Watership Down, Usagi Yojimbo and Wolf Brother.

Frances Samuel The Curioseum

I live in Wellington and like reading books in the sunshine, eating chips at the beach and making things out of paper. I write poetry and work in a museum.

Elizabeth Knox The Curioseum

I am a full-time writer with nine novels for adults and three for teens. One of my latest books is Mortal Fire. I live in Wellington with my husband, son and three cats.

Phillip Mann The Curioseum

I was born in Yorkshire, England. At school I loved acting in plays. Apart from short stories, I have published ten science fiction books.

Raymond Huber The Curioseum

I am a writer, editor and teacher. I’ve written four books about extraordinary honey bees and I love science, reading and keeping bees in my garden.Raymond Huber The Curioseum

Kyle Mewburn

Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably already read my ‘Dinosaur Rescue’ series. (It’s very popular!) I’ve written loads of other stories too – like Old Hu-hu, Kiss!Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! and Melu.

Tusiata Avia

Tusiata Avia The Curioseum

I am a poet and performer. I write poems that are published in books and magazines, and I also perform poems on stage to make them come alive.

John McCrystal

I’m lucky enough to live in Wellington. I’ve written more than thirty books, but the only one my two kids (Hugh, seven, and Nell, five) rate is Shackleton Bear Goes South, which was published in 2012.

Dave Armstrong The Curioseum

I mainly write plays and cause trouble in newspapers. Sometimes I work for museums creating exhibitions or writing labels for objects. It’s fun learning about all sorts of different things.

Margaret Mahy

Margaret Mahy The Curioseum

Bridget, Margaret Mahy’s daughter, writes: Margaret often said that something very domestic and ordinary could make a good idea for a story. Bits of paper with randomly scribbled sentences or images would fall out of pockets or be pinned to walls as she tried to keep track of her musings. From there she would handwrite adventurous stories involving witches, crocodiles or accountants, and test them out on my sister and me.


Anatonio Te Maiaho

I enjoy writing and performing stories. As an actor I have performed in offices, conference rooms, school halls, marae, theatres, festivals, streets, as a gladiator on Spartacus and on Shortland Street. I like to offer the reader or audience a different way to look at the stories I tell.

Barbara Else

Barbara Else The Curioseum

I like my stories to be funny and slightly mad – that helps the ideas to tumble out. Ones that have leaped onto the page so far have earned me two medals – an MNZM for Services to Literature and the Esther Glen Medal for The Travelling Restaurant.

James Brown

I wrote poetry at intermediate school, but not high school. I started again at university, which was also when I began reading poetry by people who weren’t dead, and have kept on going.

Moira Warama The Curioseum

I’m a Wellington storyteller, writer and teacher. I write and tell stories in both English and Māori, and I’m a proud member of the weird, witchy, wordful grandmothers’ brigade.

Emily Hunter The Curioseum

I started writing when I was quite young, and my sisters and I would sit for hours writing with Mum. Books have always been a big part of my life – every room in our house has a bookshelf in it, and there’s an overflow in the hallway! I won Young Writer of the Year in the 2012 BNZ Literary Awards. I also love science and am currently studying engineering at university. Emily Hunter The Curioseum

Tusi Tamasese

I was born and raised in Sāmoa. When I came to New Zealand, I studied film and scriptwriting at Victoria University of Wellington. My film The Orator was the first ever feature film in Samoan.

Bill Manhire The Curioseum

I live in Wellington, not far from Te Papa, and I’ve written poems since I was at school. I keep the good ones, and throw the bad ones away – when I can tell the difference …

Adrienne Jansen The Curioseum

I write books for children and adults, and I write about museum stuff at Te Papa. I also teach writing, and I love watching an idea slowly grow into a story. Editing this book was a dream job, because it brought together things from the museum, amazing ideas and great stories.

Sarah Laing The Curioseum

I write comics and stories for adults, but my son often tells me I should make them for children instead. I think I might because I had a lot of fun drawing all the pictures in this book. But first I have to finish my graphic novel about Katherine Mansfield.