Neville Peat is one of New Zealand’s leading nature writers. He has written over 30 books and is also a photographer, providing many of the images for his works. Most of his titles are on natural history, including Wild Dunedin, which won a Montana Book Award in 1996, and his most recent publication Kiwi – The Peoples Bird. He has written two biographies of Sir Tim Wallace, Hurricane Tim and Winging It, specifically for young people. He has also developed and written museum exhibitions, including Antarctica – the big ice, currently on display at the Otago Museum. Neville has recently returned from Antarctica where he was researching a book on the 50th anniversary of United States/ New Zealand co-operation on the continent. Neville serves on the Otago Regional Council, and is its deputy chair.
Dunedin Author Jackie Ballantyne is having her first novel published by Random House this month. Set in rural south Otago in 1961 How to Stop a Heart from Beating tells of life through the eyes of Solly, a nine-year-old girl. I’ll be chatting to Jackie about her book, and the joy of being published for the first time.