Sue Orr

Sue Orr is the author of two novels Loop Tracks and The Party Line and two short story collections. A former journalist, Sue teaches creative writing at Victoria University of Wellington.

As a trustee and member of the Write Where You Are Trust, she teaches creative writing in Wellington prisons and women’s refuges.

2022 festival sessions

Loop Tracks

10am-11am, Saturday 9 July, Spy Valley Wines | $30

- in conversation with Tessa Nicholson

Charlie, 15 and pregnant at a time abortion isn’t legally available in New Zealand, makes an impulsive choice with far reaching consequences in the opening chapters of Sue Orr’s latest novel. Loop Tracks tackles abortion, addiction, ageing, autism and euthanasia against a setting of Wellington’s first Covid-19 lockdown. They’re big topics tackled with sensitivity, elegance and humour in a work shortlisted for the 2022 NZ Ockham awards.

“A remarkable novel, beautifully and sensitively written, which demonstrates how the secrecy of the past may so unfairly encroach on the present,” writes Paddy Richardson in Newsroom.

Oh So Novel – Sue Orr, Kirsten McDougall & Rebecca K Reilly

10.30am-11.30am, Sunday 10 July, Whitehaven Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough | $25

Three contemporary New Zealand novelists talk writing. Sue Orr, Kirsten McDougall and Rebecca K Reilly discuss their inspiration, processes and generational insights. They also discuss the place of women - as authors and protagonists - in modern literature.

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