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Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2022
Presenter Biography

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Patricia Grace

Patricia Grace DCNZM QSO is a literary pioneer and an award-winning Aotearoa New Zealand novelist, short story writer and children’s writer.  Of Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa and Te Ati Awa descent (and affiliated to Ngati Porou by marriage), Patricia is a foundational figure in the rise and development of Māori fiction.  Her memoir From the Centre – a Writer’s Life, has been shortlisted in this year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards General Non-Fiction category.


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