2023 Programmes

Catherine Chidgey

Catherine Chidgey
Photo by Fiona Pardington


A senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Waikato, Catherine Chidgey is the author of seven multi award-winning novels including The Wish Child and Remote Sympathy, which was longlisted for the Women's Prize. The Axeman's Carnival is shortlisted for the 2023 Ockham Book Awards. She is also a writer of children's books, her latest being Jiffy's Greatest Hits.


Tama (the star of The Axeman's Carnival) goes by @TamaMagpie