Local Author Kura Carpenter wins the coveted Sir Julius Vogel Award

Local author, Kura Carpenter has won the award for Best New Talent in the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards which were declared over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. The Sir Julius Vogel awards were announced at GeyserCon, New Zealand’s 4oth National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Kura’s debut novel, The KingFisher’s Debt, an urban fantasy novel set in Dunedin, was released in 2018 to wide acclaim. Well done Kura! What a fantastic achievement for this up and coming local talent. Can’t wait to see what she produces next. If you haven’t already read The KingFisher’s Debt, do yourself a favour, get … Continue reading Local Author Kura Carpenter wins the coveted Sir Julius Vogel Award

Read about it in The Star, then come along to the Dunedin Library on Tuesday 7 May

Don’t forget to come along to the Fantasy Author Panel at the Dunedin City Library at 5:30pm on Wednesday 7 May. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear some local fantasy and science fiction authors reading from their favourite work and answering questions from the audience. Continue reading Read about it in The Star, then come along to the Dunedin Library on Tuesday 7 May

Dunedin Speculative Fiction Entrée – Fantasy Author Panel Tuesday 7th May

Dunedin Speculative Fiction Writer’s Group, in association with Dunedin Public Libraries, invite local booklovers to a spell-binding event featuring the weird and wonderful world of fantasy genres. Fantasy and Sci-fi authors: RL Stedman, Carolyn McCurdie, Debbie Howell, Daniel Stride, Mark McCabe and Kura Carpenter read a bite-sized taster from their novels. Plus there’s an opportunity to win FREE books on the night! RL Stedman is an award-winning author who lives in Dunedin with her husband and two children. If she’s not got her nose in a book, she’s on instagram or twitter (@rlstedman) or at her local library. Carolyn McCurdie … Continue reading Dunedin Speculative Fiction Entrée – Fantasy Author Panel Tuesday 7th May

A Trio of Stories

Over the last week or so, I have had three short stories – all of them horror – come out in a variety of online magazines. That was more a case of coincidence than anything else: the stories had been accepted over the summer months, and the magazines themselves had scheduled the release for the end of March/start of April. After writing Wise Phuul, I have spent a fair amount of time on short stories, not because writing them is particularly lucrative (it isn’t), but because I have found it a good way to improve your writing with comparatively little … Continue reading A Trio of Stories