Our 2021 Authors

We were privileged to have 13 acclaimed authors join us for our 2021 festival....

Anthony Phelps - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

Anthony Phelps

Anthony Phelps is a professional photographer, whose career has taken him around the world. Read more...

Becky Manawatu - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

Becky Manawatu

Becky's debut novel 'Auē' won both Best First Book (Fiction) and the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction at the 2020 Ockham NZ Book Awards. Read more...

Brannavan Gnanalingam - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

Brannavan Gnanalingam

Brannavan Gnanalingam is a writer, novelist, reviewer, lawyer and father of two based in Wellington. Read more...

Charity Norman - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

Charity Norman 

Charity Norman is a bestselling author who took a break from practising law in 2002 and has since written six novels. Read more...

Christine Leunens - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

Christine Leunens

In 2019, Christine's novel 'Caging Skies' was adapted into the Academy Award-winning movie 'Jojo Rabbit'. Read more... 

Elizabeth Knox - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

Elizabeth Knox 

Elizabeth is the author of 13 novels, three novellas and a collection of essays, with rave reviews for her latest novel, 'The Absolute Book'. Read more...

Dame Fiona Kidman - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

Dame Fiona Kidman

Dame Fiona Kidman is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed and best-loved novelists, winning the 2019 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize for 'This Mortal Boy'. Read more... 

John McCrystal - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

John McCrystal 

Maps and charts have held a lifelong fascination for John McCrystal, author of 'Singing the Trail, The Story of Mapping Aotearoa New Zealand'. Read more... 

Jonathan King - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

Jonathan King 

Jonathan King makes films and writes and draws comics. His latest book is 'The Inkberg Enigma' released last year. Read more...

Mike White - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

Mike White 

Mike, an award-winning journalist, lives in Wellington with his partner Nikki and dog Cooper, who features in his latest book How To Walk A Dog. Read more...

Nicolas Dillon - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

Nicolas Dillon

Born and raised in Marlborough, Nicolas is renowned for his intimate and often atmospheric paintings of wildlife. Read more...

Rebecca Priestley - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

Rebecca Priestley 

Associate professor Rebecca Priestley, from Victoria University of Wellington, was Listener science columnist for six years and is author/editor of six books. Read more...

Sharon Murdoch  - author at 2021 Marlborough Book Festival

Sharon Murdoch 

Stuff cartoonist Sharon Murdoch is New Zealand’s first regular female political cartoonist. Read more... 


Our 2021 Interviewers

This year we had seven interviewers talk with our group of authors - a number of regulars were joined by several new hands...

Barbara De Leo

Barbara De Leo

Jane Forrest Waghorn

Jane Forrest Waghorn

Luke Elworthy

Luke Elworthy

Kim Hill

Kim Hill

Mike White

Mike White

Nikki Macdonald

Nikki Macdonald

Tessa Nicholson

Tessa Nicholson