Christine Leunens

Christine Leunens is a Kiwi-Belgian writer who lives in Nelson. She came to writing via a modelling career in Paris, a Master’s degree at Harvard and a PhD from Victoria.

Her books Primordial Soup, Caging Skies and A Can of Sunshine, have been translated into more than 20 languages. In 2019, Caging Skies was adapted into the Academy Award-winning movie Jojo Rabbit


2021 festival session

From Academia to the Academies

- in conversation with Nikki Macdonald

From Parisian model to bestselling author, Christine talks about her extraordinary life and work.

What was it like to have her novel Caging Skies so successfully adapted into the Academy Award-winning Jojo Rabbit? Plus, a sneak peek into her upcoming novel. 


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