Fiona Farrell

From her base on Banks Peninsula, Fiona walks and writes: novels, poems, plays and short stories.


Fiona Farrell is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, playwright and poet whose work has been much acclaimed.

In 1995 she was the Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton and in 2006 she held the Rathcoola Residency in Ireland, where she wrote The Pop-Up Book of Invasions (AUP, 2007), a poetry finalist at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Fiona Farrell received the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction in 2007.

Her most recent novels are Mr Allbones Ferrets (2007) and Limestone (2009), both shortlisted for the International IMPAC Award. Farrell is the 2011 recipient of the Robert Burns Fellowship. She lives at Otanerito, Banks Peninsula.