Local author nominated for Julius Vogel Awards

We are delighted to advise that Dunedin author and founding member of the Dunedin Speculative Fiction Group, Kura Carpenter, is a finalist in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2019.

Kura has been nominated for two awards – Best Novel (The Kingfisher’s Debt) and Best New Talent.

If you haven’t read The Kingfisher’s Debt, do yourself a favour and get a hold of a copy [it’s available on Amazon] — the price may go up if she wins the award! This urban fantasy novel, set here in Dunedin, is an excellent showcase for Kura’s talent.

When she is not writing, or providing support for other local authors through the various writing groups she is a member of, Kura is available for Book Cover design. She has worked with authors all over the world and specialises in photo-manipulation. She particularly enjoys redesigning covers, so if you have a book cover that’s not doing its job: to make your writing shine, then you should definitely talk to her. You can find Kura at:

Other than graphic design, she enjoys reading classic fiction, practising calligraphy and designing fabric. She has a greyhound, several chickens, and may or may not have an elderly ninja cat at the time of reading. She also collects vintage sewing machines – but if her husband asks, she’s storing them for a friend.