Maxine Alterio

Maxine Alterio is a novelist, short story writer and academic mentor. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, where she studied the memoirs of First World War nurses. Penguin Books (NZ) published Maxine’s best-selling novels Ribbons of Grace (2007), and Lives We Leave Behind (2012), which Editions Prisma (France) published in 2013 as Des vies derrière soi. Steele Roberts (NZ) released Maxine’s well-received collection Live News and Other Stories in 2005. Several of her short stories have won, or been placed in, national and international competitions. Others have been broadcast on national radio or appeared in anthologies such as Penguin 25 New Fiction (Penguin Books, NZ, 1998) and Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 3 (Random House, NZ, 2006). Maxine is also co-author of Learning through Storytelling in Higher Education: Using Reflection and Experience to Improve Learning (RoutledgeFalmer, UK and USA, 2003), recognised internationally as the first academic text to link reflective storytelling processes with learning and teaching practices. Winner of the 2013 Seresin Landfall/Otago University Press Writing Residency, Maxine is currently working on a third novel and a second short story collection. Further information about this author is available on her website:

 Click here to listen to Maxine interviewed about nurses at war, on Radio NZ 
Click here for more information about Maxine's novels published by Penguin NZ.
Click here for more information about Maxine's academic writing
Click here for information about Maxine being awarded the Seresin Residency

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