Author & Poet
2020 Debut award winning novelist. Instant impression poet. Serial traveller by foot, pushbike and motorcycle.
Lover of rural life in New Zealand, planting trees, collecting fruit and ridding the world of beach plastic one piece at a time.
Read Kirsty Powell's debut novel
The Strength of Eggshells
2020 winner of the
NZ BOOKLOVERS AWARD,
BEST ADULT FICTION
She’s six feet tall and handles a motorbike like a professional, but Kate has insecurities that match her height and she ignores her past by pushing her fingers into her ears.
Why did her mother Jane only communicate through poetry? What became of her grandmother Meredith who travelled up the Whanganui River on a paddle steamer to marry a returned soldier in an ill-fated valley, beyond the Bridge to Nowhere? And what should Kate do about her own two-pointed love triangle? Somewhere out there are the answers; out where only her motorbike can take her.
The Strength of Eggshells explores the lives of strong rural New Zealanders, set against the fragile isolation of a farm upbringing, two world wars and a landscape that is inevitably slipping beyond reach
“What a remarkable first novel. This is such good storytelling and great writing... A wonderful story, at times confronting, but very real and gritty.”
Marcus Hobson - Reviewer for NZ Booklovers
Reviews & Interviews
"The powerful tug of history, the search for identity, an unresolved present, dark ghosts in the past... This is a marvellous New Zealand novel."
Tina Shaw - Author
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fresh ink 2019
From the historical to the fantastical, the real to the surreal, this exciting anthology of New Zealand fiction, poetry, and artwork presents the varied voices and styles of New Zealand writing at its best—exhibiting work from established and award-winning authors as well as some lively ‘fresh ink’ from previously unpublished literary voices. The second in this popular series, Fresh Ink 2019 is collated by James George.
fresh ink 2017
From the historical to the fantastical, the real to the surreal, this exciting new anthology of New Zealand fiction, poetry, and artwork presents the varied voices and styles of New Zealand writing at its best - exhibiting work from established and award-winning authors as well as some lively 'fresh ink' from previously unpublished literary voices.