Emma Neale

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Emma Neale
Born (1969-01-02) 2 January 1969 (age 49)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Language English
Alma mater Victoria University of Wellington
University College London
Genre Fiction, poetry

Emma Neale (born 2 January 1969) is a novelist and poet from New Zealand.


Neale was born in Dunedin and grew up in Christchurch, San Diego, and Wellington. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria University of Wellington[1] and was awarded an MA and PhD from University College London. Following her graduation she returned to New Zealand to work for Longacre Press, working for ten years as editor then senior editor.[2]


Neale's first work was published in 1998 and her writing has been featured extensively in magazines, newspapers and journals, and several anthologies.[3][2]


  • Night Swimming (Penguin Random House, 1998)
  • Little Moon (Random House, 2001)
  • Double Take (Random House, 2003)
  • Relative Strangers (Vintage, 2006)
  • Fosterling (Vintage, 2011)
  • Billy Bird (Penguin Random House, 2016)


  • Sleeve-Notes (Random House, 1999)
  • How to Make a Million (Godwit, 2002)
  • Spark (Steele Roberts, 2008)
  • The Truth Garden (Otago University Press, 2012)
  • Tender Machines (Otago University Press, 2015)
  • Poems included in the Best New Zealand Poems series (2002, 2007, 2009 & 2014)


Neale has served as editor for:

  • Creative Juices (Flamingo, 2003)
  • Best New Zealand Poems (Victoria University of Wellington, 2004)
  • Swings and Roundabouts (Godwit, 2008)
  • Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political Poems (Otago University Press, 2017)

In October, 2017, Neale was appointed editor of Landfall, a literary journal published by Otago University Press.[4]


Neale's work has been awarded and nominated for several literary prizes including:

  • Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize (2017) shortlisted for Billy Bird[5]
  • Ockham New Zealand Book Awards (2016) longlisted for Tender Machines[2]
  • Sarah Broom Poetry Award (2014), poetry included in the shortlist[2]
  • Sir Julius Vogel Award youth category (2011) shortlisted for Fosterling[2]
  • Kathleen Grattan Award for poetry (2011) awarded to The Truth Garden[6]
  • Takahe Poetry Competition (2008), first place for the poem 'Well'[3]
  • NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature (2008)[1]

Residencies and fellowships[edit]

In 2012 she was awarded the Robert Burns Fellowship, a literary residency at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.[7] She has also been awarded the Todd/Creative New Zealand New Writers Bursary (2000), the Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship (2014), and was a University of Otago/Sir James Wallace Pah Homestead Fellow.[2][3][5]


  1. ^ a b "Emma Neale". Penguin Books New Zealand. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Emma Neale". Academy of New Zealand Literature. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Emma Neale". New Zealand Book Council. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  4. ^ "New editor appointed for Landfall journal". University of Otago. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Emma Neale". New Zealand Society of Authors & Writers Association. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Kathleen Grattan Award". www.otago.ac.nz. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  7. ^ "The Robert Burns Fellowship". Otago Fellows, University of Otago, New Zealand. Retrieved 3 November 2017.

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